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

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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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Deploy printer via GPO but GPO update show fault

I've just deploy new printer via GPO but it is not working. I checked by update GPO by run cmd gpupdate /force but it shown me the error as below. Please help me , Where to check ? what is the ...
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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 replication is only working one way

We have 2 servers connected over a VPN. Each can access the other server using the name of the server. Replication works in one direction (domain controller to file server) but the file server does ...
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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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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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How to move Redirected Folders with Offline Files from UNC to DFS share

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 have multiple file ...
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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 ...