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Advanced File Serving Woes Under XP

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i recently revamped the way my LAN is setup and put together something of a ghetto network-attached closet datacenter machine. it is running Windows XP SP2, albeit with many unneccessary things disabled. it's basic job is to act as a data and print server for my LAN. i realize that this can be "better" accomplished via Linux but have never really liked it enough to deal with all the hassle involved. however, i am open to trying it or other OS's out if XP proves unable to do what i want.
the issue in question is this: i'm using the Windows LANMan/Samba facility to make a crapload of stuff available to other machines on the network. i am currently stuck with several large partitions which do the same thing, which has resulted in redundant shares being present. i would like to know if there is any way to map the contents of multiple directories to a single symbolic share.

to the end user it's like this: say i have two places in the filesystem which both hold data of the same kind (CD images for the sake of argument). i would like to be able to go to a single share and see all the files/directories of that category shared together. i realize this method of displaying & accessing files would neccessitate read-only access (after all to which destination would files go?)

at this point i'm at the end of my knowledge about what is do-able via the OS, NTFS file system, and 3rd party software. i AM aware that the NTFS file system can do what are called "junctions", but unless i totally don't understand how those work they won't do what i'm trying to do here.

any ideas?
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