Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) is a technology that complements the SMB/CIFS based file server role of Windows Servers.

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Folder Redirection DFS Slowness

Currently performing a project to migrate all users from mapped drive home folders to redirected folders (Documents). Having a strange issue at the moment whereby users redirected folder Documents is ...
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Why do things break when using DFS/Folder Redirection?

Here are two slightly different, but similar scenarios: There is an S:\ drive mapped to \\server\share. A DFS namespace is then implemented, with S:\ changed to \\domain.local\dfs\share (which is ...
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Compress concrete files on dfs

We work with a lot of Microsoft Access files for different costumers. That files are saved in different folders(also in subfolders) for every year separated by year,costumer ,month, etc. The main ...
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Server 2012R2 DFS High Availability - with local storage?

Can I use clustering for high availability on two identical 2012R2 boxes that use LOCAL storage (not attached or SAN)? Local storage is super cheap and scalable, which is why the SAN has been ...
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DFS-N Fault Tolerance

I asked part of this question before, but I guess I'm missing something. I'm not clear on HOW to make sure that our DFS-N fault tolerance is configured correctly. We have 2 domain controllers (A and ...
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Sysvol replication broken between Server 2008 R2 DCs

We recently added a second DC to our network at a different site. The DCs do not appear to have any difficulty communicating via the network, and AD objects (users, computers etc) are synchronising ...
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Using Robocopy to copy only missing and older files

A few days ago I added a new member server to a DFS folder replication and refferal, DFSR started the initial replication. Yesterday I got an event in the logs from DFSR (4104), telling the initial ...
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How to add read-only privileges on DFS Folder for Windows 2003 R2?

I just install a DFS system on different servers. My replication group consists of Windows 2003 R2 and Windows 2008 R2 servers. The replication itself works well. On the Windows 2008 R2 server I can ...
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DFS Namespace with alternative FQDN beside the existing domain FQDN

We have a domain, from previous maintainer which have a 'long' FQDN e.g. dot.longname.top which makes the DFS structure longer, could of course have several DFS Namespace and that is also the goal ...
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Can I use dfsutil to create targets in a replicating share?

I had initially tested a use of DFS Namespace to set up some targets that point to standalone CIFS shares. On a standalone Windows 2012 DFS server this was pretty easy. I created a few folders ...
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DFS - Destination Folder Access Denied

I have recently setup two Windows servers. One server provides AD and DNS services and the second acts as a fileserver using DFS. When setting up DFS, I chose to use Stand-alone namespaces and did not ...
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Monitoring DFS namespace usage

I have a target within my DFS namespace that was originally created with an incorrect spelling in the name, the underlying share is correct. It didn't get noticed for a couple years though. I have ...
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Folder redirection moving from UNC to DFS with offline files

Ok the scenario is we want to move to a new file server. We are using folder redirection and offline files. I figured it would be best if we moved from a straight UNC path to a DFS name path as we ...
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DFS share empty when accessing it via domain name

I set up a DFS to centralise my shares. After doing so, I noticed, that I can access the shares via the domain path (\\SNAKEOIL.LOCAL\Research), but the folders is shown as empty. The intended ...
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Lotus Notes Error - “Specified Network name no longer available”

I work for a bank who is using Lotus Notes email and during the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 the Lotus Notes client was upgraded from Client 8.0.2 to 8.5.3. Given that these were the only ...
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DFS and Replication mesh between 3 servers - How is a local server selected

As an example I have 3 DFS servers all on different sub-nets each with an authoritative initial share on each (\\svr1\accounts, \\svr2\sales, \\svr3\hr). I have enabled replication on all servers ...
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DFS Setup - The namespace server cannot be added. The system cannot find the path specified

I went to DFS Management and added a created a New Namespace. For the namespace server, I specified my Primary Domain controller (netbios name: primarydc). For the namespace, I enter Files. I use a ...
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One DFS Replication Group per Namespace

I'm in the process of implementing a single DFS namespace which will be holding approximately 20 or so Folder Targets. These folders are also going to be replicated to the other servers using DFS-R. ...
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Windows Search Services Indexed Folders Can't Be Added to Library

Objective: Make the network share storage searchable on client computers. Status: Windows Search Service Feature Is Installed One folder level beneath the top DFSShare location was added to the ...
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Is it possible to share DFS root through WebDAV via IIS in case of IIS is not on DFS server?

Is it possible to share DFS root (not DFS subfolders individually) through WebDAV via IIS in case of IIS is not on DFS server, using NTLM authentication. Is there any Best-Practices? Should I share it ...
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User suddenly don't see correct DFS share on some servers

Setup: 2 Windows 2008 R2 DC also holding DFS shares, replication works fine. Suddenly my user (is administrator too) got the wrong/empty redirected desktop etc. I only see the local C:\users\public ...
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How can I find my DFS namespace servers?

I'm taking over for a prior admin who created several DFS namespaces in our Active Directory infrastructure. The prior admin did not document any of the structure of our DFS, so I don't even know what ...
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Simulate a DFS share for a user not on domain with a folder in path

I have a consultant whose computer is not on the domain and needs to access various network resources. Unfortunately while adding a computer to the domain is a difficult bureaucratic process (and ...
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NLB/DFS between servers at different locations?

I currently run a web application on a single VPS but have the need to make it redundant so that the website will not become unavailable in case the server goes down for any reason. I have found that ...
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Installing DFS role in Windows2008 R2

I have 2008 R2 server with existing File server, IIS & Application server roles. But, DFS was not selected while installing File server role. Can we add this feature in existing file server role ...
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DFS Replication Manager on Failover Cluster Nodes

I currently have a VM architecture setup for high availability / manageability. The one point of failure is that I have a single windows 2008 machine that runs DFS replication across the servers in my ...
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DFSr detected that a file was changed on multiple servers, but “winning” file and that moved to conflicts folder have same hash

We've just deployed a new DFS replication system between two Windows 2012 R2 servers. We cloned the DFSr database using MS's recommendations ...
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Can we disable DFS on Windows SBS 2011?

The supplier of our customer's ERP system says that their software gets performance problems when running on a server with DFS enabled. I notice that DFS Namespace and DFS Replication is enabled on ...
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Most efficient way to setup massive high-availability storage in Azure to work with multiple VMs?

I'm looking into various options for setting up massive high-availability storage in Windows Azure, to use together with my Azure VMs. The VMs need to be able to work with the storage as if were a ...
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User access to shared folder created on their own pc using destributed file system

I've got a domain model network. I set up DFS (Distributed file system) on a server running Windows Server 2008 R2. Every thing is OK. The problem is here that users using Windows 7 can't access to ...
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A Robocopy job to copy files from VM Windows 2003 to a windows 2008 DFS Share over WAN

I have the following in a bat file running as a scheduled task on the VM Windows 2003 server robocopy "d:\Folder\Sub folder" "\\prod.local\shareddata\Loc\Folder\SubFolder" /S /R:0 /W:5 /NP /NS /NFL ...
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Moving/Redirecting File Shares with a Twist

I have to move some file shares from a machine with Win2008R2 Enterprise to another with Win2008 R2 Standard. The goal is to have the file shares only on the second, dedicated machine. Currently ...
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Srv2K3R2 to Srv2K8R2 migration redirected folders with user exclusive rights robocopy access issue

Trying to migrate users My Documents and Desktop redirected folders where the users have exclusive rights to the folders. Using Robocopy with /e and /copyall attributes running as domain admin. Access ...
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Imaging Process for Multiple Hardware configurations

currently we use a PXE environment to deploy an automated imaging process to PC's for windows 7. We are using an unattended installation with an answer file. This answer file tells the windows ...
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Move DFS Namespace

I have a server running 2012 R2, and I have set up a DFS namespace on it called \\Domain\Files. I would like to set up another server, so that if this one goes down, people can still access ...
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Windows Server - “Not enough storage available error”

We have two IIS 7 servers that run in web garden. There's a copy of every site on each server. Files are synchronized using DFS (only source files). Images & big files are located on different ...
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Is it possible to exclude files and folder that begin with $ from Windows 2008 R2 DFS replica?

If I replicate by DFSR users redirected folders all folders replicated have their own $RECYCLE.BIN directory and inside that directrory files are renamed as $XXXXX.YYY. I don't want to replicate them, ...
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DFS files missing

We have two servers that used to run DFS just fine. Recently we created a new domain from scratch and moved over all the servers to the new domain. We re-created DFS, and had the destination ...
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Browsing DFS share keeps moving up a folder

I have a DFS-R namespace with three nodes. Two of the nodes work just fine, but a third node does something very strange. When you are browsing the node through the namespace, when you change into a ...
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DFS Synchronization between truecrypt mounted volumes?

I setup DFS synchronization between two server in my network and it's working fine, But DFS is unable to sync my true-crypt container because of it's mounted every time and in mounted position the ...
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DFS Root/Active Directory Errors

I'm running into some issues, and I can't find conclusive information about what causes the errors I'm seeing. This is a single server, running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise. It runs DNS (although ...
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DFS across forests - how to set up? Possibly to integrate 2 trees?

I am in the situation that has multiple forests and some DFS shares (replicated in one domian at the moment) should be consolidated so that they are usable by all domains. Concrete: We have domains A ...
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Does windows DFS (DFSR) resume a partial transfer if a WAN link is lost?

Q: Does windows DFS (DFSR) resume a partial transfer if a WAN link is lost? This seems like an obvious "yes" but, hoping someone here can provide a definitive answer. Background The environment ...
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windows active directory profile regional

we are an organization with 40k users. This organization is composed of multiples structures. We have one single forest Active Directory with flat DIT. We want to keep this AD in order to ...
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What is the difference between the two DFS Replication Group Types?

What is the difference between DFS replication group types - multipurpose replication group and replication group for data collection? Is it really only that replication group for data collection ...
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Backups through distributed filesystems

I hope I can articulate my question as precise as possible. I am seeking for a way to make backups for my vm-servers as soon and frequent as possible as the data they are handling/producing are ...
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Why is DFS Replication consuming so many resources when there are no replication groups?

I manage a few Windows 2012 servers, which, between them all, host millions of small files. I have DFS namespaces set up and tried to get DFS replication working as well. DFS replication didn't seem ...
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The recycle bin on (shared, redirected My Pictures/My Videos) folder is corrupted

I recently moved the target of folder redirection from a share to a DFS namespace share, ie from \\SITE1FILESERVER\Share to \\DOMAIN\Share. I seeded the DFS contents and accidently copied the recycle ...
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DFS Namespace not visible Windows Server 2012

If I try to browse to our namespace, let's say \\local.lan I don't see the namespaces. They should be like: \\local.lan\ department1 department2 department3 But if I try to browse through the ...
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failover cluster file replication

I have a Windows 2008 R2 failover cluster server. I am going to move one of our window services onto this new server. The service writes some trace information to a log file on the local harddrive. ...