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

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Recreating/Restoring existing DFS Folder

I am having some difficulty with some DFS management. I am attempting to migrate some folders that are on an old DFS 2008 server to a 2012 R2 server. I may have been doing it totally wrong. I have ...
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Clustered File Server on Windows 2012 With Local Storage

So I have a SQL Always-On group that requires a file share witness. I want that file share witness to be redundant and since I have no other need for a file server on this network, I'd like to do it ...
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Deleted Domain System Volume. How do I recreate it; I have no backups

As the title suggest I am basically screwed. Before all this happen; I had one problem: My group policies were not replicating from PDC to other DCs. I have three Dc's in production. As you can ...
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WMI service not working properly

I'm Having an issue with WMI, which seems to also affect DFS. I've tried rebuilding the repository, but it's still giving me the same error. Here's what DFS health report showing: SRV-FS02 (2 ...
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DFS: File randomly missing?

We have a DFS installed on two different servers. Running health reports finds no errors and generally everything seems OK, but: On some computers, files will be saved on a DFS folder randomly, ...
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Computers point to DC in wrong site

I need your help. I've struggled with this for months and nothing I've found online has helped me. The problem is, domain computers sometimes point to an incorrect domain controller in a different ...
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replicate old file server machine from 2003sp2 to 2012r2

I just read this great post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2014/11/05/migrating-file-server-from-windows-server-2003-to-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx I was wondering if i could achieve a ...
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How to disable remote users(Outside the corp network) to access their DFS home Folder?

As this is my first question here sorry if something will be wrong. i am software engennering student and started admin job not knowing still much about it. The below is a huge problem in our windows ...
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Migrate from DFS to NAS

To simplify things, I'll pare down the environment. -Single Namespace\Namespace server\Folder Target -No replication Data is accessible using \HostDomain\DFSRootName Namespace server is running on ...
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What is the difference between New-DfsnFolder and New-DfsnFolderTarget?

What is the difference between New-DfsnFolder and New-DfsnFolderTarget? Both commands require both parameters, -Path and -TargetPath. They create the same thing. A DFS folder with a target. So what ...
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office 2013 proplus install fails via dfs

I could really use some help here. Originally I configured DFS with a NAMESPACE of 'MSI' and placed all the files and folders to be synchronised within that folder. Software deployments were all ...
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Prompt for credentials when accessing administrative share over network

I have an administrative share on a server called install$ (\server\install$). This share should be accessable only for administrators and helpdesk users since it contains installers from different ...
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DFS Link nesting

We currently have our DFS set up as follows: \\domain\dfs\private \\domain\dfs\shared \\domain\dfs\home We would like to move a subfolder of one target so that it appears to be the same but the ...
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What is the “Dfs” User That Has Permissions to DFS Namespace Links

I recently ran into issues that seem to be related to this "Dfs" user (which is added automatically when you create a new namespace link.) I can't find this user in any local or domain user store, nor ...
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DFS Replication Failure - no space & rebuild

DFS failed about 2 weeks or so ago, someone noticed it wasn't working and manually copied over a lot of stuff (looks like the correct structure). I was able to run a command suggested from the ...
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why we randomly pointing to wrong dfs share (something wrong with our setting)?

I am a developer, not an IT guy, but really get annoyed by our DFS share and IT isn't able to find a solution at the moment. We have two sites (A and B). DFS share is setup to replicate files between ...
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Windows Server 2008/2012 DFS won't replicate one folder

I have a problem with Windows 2008 DC replicating to Windows 2012 DC. I've been dealing with this for 6 months. The replicated folder contains 15 folders and 0 files in the root. All of the folders ...
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Problems with Microsoft DFS replica and failover scenarios

I created a shared folders (\sharedDir) on two Nas N1 and N2 replicated using Microsoft DFS technology. I defined a network alias (aliasTest.dom) pointing at the address of Nas N1 When browsing ...
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Failover dedicated servers using DFS or use Cloud hosting

Currently I'm running a number of ASP.NET applications on a single dedicated Windows 2012 Standard R2 server with a hardware firewall in front. If this server goes down, my applications cannot be ...
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SCOM 2012R2 DFS Replication Managementpack

We have a functional implementation of SCOM 2012R2 running on Windows Server 2012R2. Recently I have begun trying to get the DFS Replication monitoring working; specifically backlog monitoring. ...
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publish DFS namespaces?

We have multiple domain controllers and file servers, and have recently begun migrating to DFS. Everything works quite well, but one thing has me scratching my head... DFS namespaces not found on ...
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all dfs replication groups failing at the same time

We have 2 pairs of fileshare servers. All servers are virtual Windows 2008 R2. Each pair is replicating over a WAN. Occasionally all DFS replication groups fail at the same time. I could not find any ...
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How can I use junctions instead of drive letters to organize DFS replication of multiple shares on multiple disks?

I am configuring a new DFS setup that will utilize Namespaces and Replication. The two member servers are virtual machines running Windows Server 2012 R2. Since many of the shares range from ...
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DFS replication monitoring under a non-administrative account

I have a DFS replication set up on two Windows Server 2012 machines in a domain, the DFS consists of one namespace, two servers, several replication groups each containing one folder. I have been ...
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dfs replication verification

Was wondering if there is a way to verify every single file from the source server is replicated over to the secondary server. I understand there's a command get-dfsrfilehash that can verify the files ...
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Hundreds of event ID 14554 DfsSvc related

i'm experiencing a lot of those errors in the event viewer Namespace DFS Service : initialization of the shared folder that houses the root of the namespace is completed . Shared folder : foldername ...
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Windows 7 saving Office files to DFS fileserver has significant delay

There are several moving parts to this. A small section of the company who are connected from a standard floor switch to a wifi bridge to a building across the street are seeing really high save times ...
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DFS Using Domain Alias

Client has SuperVeryExtraLong.com AD domain so a DFS namespace becomes \\SuperVeryExtraLong.com\foo with a minimum of 29 characters. This is a problem with the 255 character path limit. Is there a ...
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Manually move data before enable DFS replication

We have one file server at local office and we want to setup another standby file server at remote data center, the two side will be connected with VPN, instead of enabled dfs on both servers and let ...
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Can an SQL Server File Table UNC be exposed via DFS?

Can a Sql Server File Table UNC be exposed via DFS?
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DFSR fails before initialization. Event ID: 4010, 3006, 2010, 4004

I have a 2 server DFSR configuration where I am attempting to replicate two shares between them. ServerA (2008R2) is the primary and ServerB(2012R2) is the receiver, both are DCs. The RepFolder on ...
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What should happen when I browse to my Windows domain name via UNC?

A while back I setup a DFS namespace \\my.dom.com\somecrap. Its working great, but I've always notice something that confused me and I never asked about it. When I just browse to \\my.dom.com it ...
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DFS Namespace is inaccessible when DC4 is up and running

DC1, DC2 and DC3 are at site A. DC4 and DFS server (2008 R2) are at Site B. DC4 is Server 2003 and not a Global Catalog. DC1, DC2 and DC3 all are Server 2003, FSMO role holders and a Global Catalog. ...
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Do DFS logs contain folder permission changes?

I have a DFS server sharing files and want to see when an admin gave read/write/full control to a user in a DFS share. Is there any way I can view this? I have checked in C:\Windows\Debug but the log ...
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DFS Database Error

I am trying to setup DFS on 2 computers. I have successfully setup and created a replication group among the folders on each servers. The replication is not happening. On checking the logs i found ...
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How perform a offline defrag of the the DFS Database

I have read in some posts that an offline defrag of DFS database you should do in case of an error (Jet Errors for example) during replication. Unfortunately, nowhere do I find a guide on how I can ...
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DFS Namespace inaccessible when PDC is unavailable or moved

Our current setup uses two DFS servers acting as referral servers for our DFS Namespace. The data is replicated from the Live server to the DR server at our second location. The aim is to have the ...
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DFS Pathing for Folder Redirection in Multi-Site Environment

Currently, user profiles are redirected to single DFS path \\domain.com\dfsroot\redirect\%username%. Now we need to change pathing to accommodate both selective DFS replication to sites and also have ...
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Is there a way to setup alerts for a failed DFS topology connection?

I have a large DFS structure setup between multiple remote sites and multiple hub servers in a full mesh topology. Each remote site has its own namespace or namespaces and replication group. I have an ...
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DFS synchronisation over slow internet connection

I am configuring DFS replication on 2 servers connected over a VPN. The VPN is over a ADSL line with 0.06mb upload speed. server1 - 192.168.1.2 server2 - 192.168.2.2 Both servers can see each other ...
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DFS initial replication - not enough storage is available to process this command (target on Synology NAS)

On a Windows 2003 SBS server, I am trying to replicate a share via DFS to a Synology File Server. In the Configure Replication Wizard, the target has a red X across it with the message "Unknown: Not ...
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Can I remove and re-add a replicated folder (DFS) without it replicating the files all over again?

My question (should be) fairly easy to answer. If I have server1 replicating data to server2, folder A.. and I remove the replicated folder in DFS management, then re-add this folder (perhaps in a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...