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If I have two server 2008 domain servers and was wondering what happens if I use the domain in the UNC path instead of the computer name?

For example:






How is it determined which server that the workstation actually connects to?

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Using the domain name would only work if you're trying to reach either a) a DFS share, or b) the SYSVOL or NETLOGON folders.

Other than that, if you're looking to files stored on a particular server, use the servers name.

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Correct in a sense. You land on a random domain controller (it's a round-robin DNS entry), and it COULD have a DFS namespace installed. Not everyone installs DFS namespace on all domain controllers :) – pauska Apr 20 '12 at 17:18
Also, I'd like to point out that in a DFS configuration, DFS will use AD to determine which server is closest to you, and connect to that one. If they're both located at your local site, it's a crap shoot, really, and you won't know for sure until you're already connected. – JohnThePro Apr 20 '12 at 17:19
I... was trying to say that. lol. But what he's describing in his post is exactly how someone would navigate to a DFS share. :) – JohnThePro Apr 20 '12 at 17:20
That answers this question, and the next question I had concerning DFS. Thanks! – Force Flow Apr 20 '12 at 18:04
Glad I could help! – JohnThePro Apr 20 '12 at 20:27

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