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

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use DFS to sync 2 win 2008 r2 iis 7 servers behind load balancer

I want to use DFS to keep in sync for 2 IIS servers behind a load balancer. These machines are VPS at remote locations and have user uploaded files. To use DFS you need to be in a domain but I have ...
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DFS Linking to a target folder within another target folder

Windows Server 2012 - Attempting to setup a file server using DFS I have the following scenario Namespace \\domain\resources Folder Files (has no target) \\domain\resources\files Folder (these ...
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DFS Nameserver is broke

Our RAID array which housed the File server VMDK is no more. This was a Windows Server 2003 install which was the file server and contained the DFS Namespaces. The RAID array with all the files is ...
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Outlook 2010 and 2003 DFS

I've been fighting this issue for days and cant seem to find someone else with a similar issue. We rolled out 42 Dell Precision T3500 computers with Windows 7 64bit and Office 2010 64bit. Since that ...
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Server 2012 DFS New Member Issue

I am trying to add a new member to our DFS topology. We have 3 DCs (VMs - VMware) running Windows server 2012, two servers are located in or Primary site and the third at our DR site. Currently the ...
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Powershell - external command's parameter not accepted

This seems like a simple problem but I am unable to fix it Running dfsutil command in shell returns result C:\Windows\system32>dfsutil link "\server.domain.com\DFSRootname\Sharename" Link ...
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New SAN causes HTTP 414 error

We have a IIS virtual directory (/Upload) mapped to a DFS share, which resides on a SAN. The DFS share was moved from SAN A to SAN B and since then if we try to access any content via the virtual ...
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“Virtual recycle bin” for DFS?

Does anyone know any way to have a "virtual recycle bin" for a server that makes DFS? I've been googling and not get anything straight. At my company we do daily incremental backups of everything, ...
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How can I add a linux folder to a Windows DFS tree?

Accessing a Windows DFS share from Ubuntu or any other Linux for that matter, is pretty straight forward. However doing it in reverse seems to be not documented. I have DFS Namespace running on ...
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One WDS server, multiple subnets

Goal: Be able to deploy Windows through WDS to different subnets (in different geographic locations) using only one WDS server located within the 'main' subnet (where I am). Info: Each subnet is a ...
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How secure is DFS over site to site replication on AD?

I'm experimenting a little here... Across the country I have set up 2 sites with one domain. Each site has it's own controller for that domain. I then have DFS running and replicating files from a ...
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Can DFS replicate across WAN?

I've got 3 servers DC and File server 1 in one location File Server 2 in another location They are all connected to the domain, and running DFS. When I set up a replication group and try and ...
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Setting up a failover web server, off site

I've read so many articles, posted a few SF, but I can't find a solution that seems to cover everything. It doesn't seem as black and white as setting up and AD and installing DFS to replicate ...
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How to troubleshoot Linux in-kernel dns_resolver

Linux provides a facility that lets kernel and its modules to resolve DNS names by relying on user-space tools. This, for example, is used by CIFS to support referrals in the DFS. The problem I'm ...
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Resolving incorrect DFS server when outside of network subnet

I have a number of IP networks in my organization. I am also running a single domain across my organization with DFS servers in two sites - London and Sydney. My domain functional level is Server ...
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How, if possible, to join a computer to a domain when it is not in the domain geographically?

Is it possible to join a computer to a domain when it is not in the domain network? The user has company VPN connected when logged in to local account. But I am thinking once joined the domain via ...
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Stop File Replication Services

I am running File Replication Services on Windows 2003 on Server A. This replicates with a few other branches. Basically, I need to stop A from replicating, but without making the change in DFS ...
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DFS CIFS shares not responding to demand

I'm hoping someone can help me here with understanding how a windows file copy differs between a copy using terracopy (or similar) and what that means for contention on my NAS head. Background: ...
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How to configure AD so that users who travel to different sites have the same Desktop and My Documents folders

I am settings up my Windows 2008 Active Directory environment so that users can travel between 2 sites and still access their Desktop and My Documents folders. Currently, we have 2 sites (Site A ...
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Upgrading Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller with dfs to Windows server 2008

Is there special requirement for handling the DFS service before upgrade? So far all documentation entails upgrading Domain Controller and nothing with DFS. I came across this MS article "Migrate a ...
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Redirected folders, server migrations and properly moving users to a new server

I'm currently having a hell of a time with what seems like it should be a fairly simple project. Basically, $employer has a bunch of remote sites with ancient hardware impersonating real servers, and ...
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How to combine two Active Directory domains [closed]

I have two Windows 2008 R2 AD servers. The first, xyz.com is in a large city with fast internet. There are approximately 12 users. The second, foo.xyz.com, is in the middle of the bush on a ...
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Mac files on Windows server (loses some data) [closed]

We added 2 Mac's to our Windows network. We are finding that some users are deleting the Mac hidden files that provide Finder meta data. Also, if a Mac user moves a file to another folder, they don't ...
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Viewing the “Replication” tab for a replicated folder target in the DFS “Namespaces” node in the 2008 DFS console says replication “not configured”

On a server 2008 R2 box I setup a DFS folder folder in a namespace and then manually setup it up for replication in the "replication" node of the DFS console. Now when I go to the "Replication" tab ...
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Force replication of Netlogon

I have added a batchfile to the the NETLOGON directory for some start-up scripts. The script is tiny in size. I have waited hours for the files to be replicated to the other Domain Controllers but ...
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Permissions on Server Reset, Why?

I have a Windows 2003 domain controller that we needed to take down in order to move it. When it was brought back up DFS wasn't working, our previous shares were marked as disabled. It turns out ...
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Mounting MS DFS on CentOS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mount a Windows DFS Namespace in Linux We have a domain-based DFS namespace that refers to redundant (replicated) file servers shares. With Windows client, failing over ...
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server 2008 DFS active/standby configuration (all clients read/write to “master”)

Sorry if this seems simple, I'm mainly a linux guy, having to wear the windows hat from time to time. In the past, we tried to setup DFS between two sites with server 2008, and it was a disaster. ...
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Linux FTP to Windows Share [closed]

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server setup with DFS to another Windows server. I created a namespace called Linux with a folder called ClientFTP. Files added to the folder sync with both servers. Great. I ...
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what happens to dfs when the domain controller is offline?

Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS Replication across two locations If the domain controller is offline what happens? Are users still able to access the DFS namespace? Does replication still occur?
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Exceptional slowdown of robocopy copying from VM to DFS array

I've got an old win 2003 VM (VMware) on a blade cluster of VMs that I'm moving a considerable amount of files to our new DFS array. There are two main folders with about 1.7 million and half a million ...
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What does Active, Targetset, and Active targetset mean in the Output of dfsutil /pkiinfo?

I could use some guidance in interpreting the output of dfsutil /pktinfo. Using the following example: PS C:\Users\kbrandt> dfsutil.exe /pktinfo ... Entry: \long.biz.foo\Images ShortEntry: ...
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File server failed. DFS with and without replication in use. Questions on getting back to normal operation

I have an oldish (physical) Windows Server 2003 R2 box, which is a file/print server. I suspect the RAID card has gone bye-bye, after a reboot Windows is checking the data volume, its been 1.5 hours ...
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DFS target selection/ordering

I have a DFS folder with two targets. The first to the primary file server and the second to a slow emergency backup file server to be used only in the event of a failure of the primary. There is ...
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Windows DFS Limitations

So far I have seen an article on performance and scalability mainly focusing on how long it takes to add new links. But is there any information about limitations regarding number of files, number of ...
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DFS Replication on 2 existing duplicate shares

I have 2 sets of data in separate sites that are mirrors of each other. The 2nd set is a clone of the 1st set. However, the 1st set will be the live data and therefore will be changing going forward. ...
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DFS - Stop sync of large folder that has since been removed

We have a site to site DFSR on Windows Server 2008 R2 that has been running perfectly between site A to site B until someone dumped a 20GB folder. This has overwhelmed the upload and make the internet ...
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DFS Replicates One Way only

I have two servers that are both Domain Controllers with DNS, AD, and DFS services running. Both servers exchange AD changes without issues. I had a new user, it appears on the other. It works the ...
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XenServer Offsite Replication

I am trying to find the best way to migrate my VHD's to my DataCenter offsite for DR purposes. Currently I have a number of Xen Stacks setup as the following: Dual RAID ISCSI SAN multipathed to at ...
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Why do some printers show up in the domain namespace?

When I browse to \\domain.local I see the expected DFS namespaces, but also see several printers. Can anyone explain how/why they show up here (and how to configure the printers to show up or not)? ...
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Bulk file and folder delete pattern on Windows

Warning: Not sure if this question is a good fit for this SE, but I need serious advice that I can get no where else Over the weekend, massive number of files and folders were deleted from our DFS. I ...
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Using TrueCrypt with File Replication on Windows Server

We have a few folders that are set to replicate to a DR file server off-site. One of these folders contains a file that is a TrueCrypt volume container. When this file is mounted in TrueCrypt, the ...
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What permissions are required to back up to a remote folder?

I'm currently working with Windows Server Backup and am trying to run a scheduled backup with an unprivileged account. I want to create a full backup of the server exchange.dom.example.com. I ...
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DFS: should I separate my home directories from my DFS root?

I am planning on setting up a DFS root to house all of our departmental shares, and I also plan on having Home directories that automatically mount through AD profile. We will be using a NetApp for ...
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Tracking down DFS open file users

I have a file in a DFS share, it's in a namespace managed by two domain controllers The base media is one shared drive on a file server I can't delete it, it keeps re-appearing when I run sysinternals ...
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DFS trying to replicate back to source folder?

I'm not very familiar with how DFS works, and since someone else administers the servers in question I don't know what the DFS setup looks like. I'm just wondering if something is possible. ...
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DFS 2003 on Storage Server with Huge Backlog: Recovery Options?

We currently have a 2003 DFS server that has a backlog of several gigabytes. And that's for just a single DFS share. It was not set up during this administration, we have simply been dealing with it's ...
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How can I connect to a specific machine with DFS?

I have 2 servers with a share, \\servera\share and \\serverb\share. DFS is setup on \\domain\share to point to both machines. A 3rd party replication solution compares \\servera\share to ...
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How to maintain one file across many production servers (Windows and Linux)

My organization wants to centrally manage an Oracle TNSnames file for all of their production servers. When that file changes, they want to be able to push out the changes to all servers that use it ...
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DFS Root namespace is RDWR for all users

We have an existing DFS Replication and Namespace group that we use to serve the company's files. This has been operating fine for us for some time now, and continues to do so. however a situation ...