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

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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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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. ...
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Shared Excel WorkBook is locked by another user

I’ve been trying everything; this is the last chance I have. I moved folders and files from an old Windows Server 2003 File Server to a new FS (Win Server 2008 R2) with DFS and ABE enabled. Now, a ...
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Server 2012 DFS Replication throttling values

Is there any way, via registry edit or something, to throttle the replication throughput by values other than what is listed in the drop-down menu? I would particularly like a 10Mbps or 12Mbps option. ...
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Mirror DFS configuration data between 2 servers/ sites

I have 1 Windows 2008 R2 server in Site A running Domain Integrated DFS in 2008 mode with a Single Namespace with a large number of DFS Targets all configured to point to a share on our NetApp SAN. ...
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DFS-R not working on Server 2012 with Exchange DAG

We have 2 servers running a small network. The goal is to have the 2 servers as HA servers on a low budget. Therefore we deployed Windows Server 2012 and configured DFS-R which all worked fine. We ...
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Where should DFS Role be installed? [closed]

I've been searching for best practices on "where to install DFS role ?". Is there any recommandation about this ? Is there a "best way" to do it ? Thanks for your help !
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DFS Namespace / Windows Server 2008 R2 / Win 8 - missing entries

We have a DFS namespace at \\company.example.org\dfs\ and inside that are entries for half a dozen folders. There is one namespace server, and no replication. The shares are all now on one server. ...
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Sharing storage between DFS nodes providing failover without failover manager

I'm currently consulting for a small engineering firm that has been using a single server for all their domain needs and their management has got sick of not being able to access networked shares from ...
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DFS replication and the SYSTEM user (NTFS permissions)

Question for which I'm having trouble finding an answer on Google or Technet... Does granting the SYSTEM user permissions to DFS-shared files and folders have any effect on DFS replication? (And ...
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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 without targets: Files > \\domain\resources\files Folders with ...
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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 ...