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

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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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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 ...
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Windows 2003 R2 DFS: Replicate Root but not links?

I'm looking to set up a new AD DFS root. Let's say I have three domain controllers: dc01, dc02, dc03 and I have two storage servers: srv01, srv02. Each storage server contains different data and ...
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Linux and Window DFS shares - restoring previous versions of files/folders

I know I can mount DFS shares on my Linux boxes with no issues, but is there a method by which I can access/restore previous versions of folders/files from these DFS shares? Thanks
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How do I rename the server that offline folders are referencing?

Several users are using offline folders to refer to a server we want to decommission... actually the server is already offline and people have pending updates to this share. What is the best way to ...
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Copy two remote folder into one local folder

I try to merge two folder (from remote Server) into one local directory. It is a deployment issue, on one Server there are two folders \server1\folder1 and \server1\folder2, now i try to merge both ...
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How do Windows DFS referrals work for laptops away from the office?

How do Windows DFS referrals work for laptops away from the office? [Edit 2014-11-26] I already understand how sites are defined by subnets, etc. But what I want to know is what happens to users ...
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DPM 2010 End User Recovery Failing

I have DPM2010 installed and I am using End User Recovery. I did not initially set it up. It is working for a few folders and on the DPM server in Share and Storage Manager I can see the shares in ...
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Prevent Internet Explorer from saving files with the “T” attribute set

Okay, here's the issue at hand - Internet Explorer is behaving badly (as in the opposite of Google Chrome and FireFox) and when users save an image to our file server, the temp bit is set, so DFS ...
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What could cause local folders in a Windows 2008 DFS replication group to randomly obtain system and hidden attributes

We have a Windows 2008 server (not R2) acting as a primary file source in a DFS replication group with a single other server that happens to be Windows Storage Server 2008. All is well in terms of ...
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email output of powershell script

I found this wonderful script that outputs the status of the current DFS backlog to the powershell console. This works great, but I need the script to email me so I can schedule it to run nightly. I ...
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How to make an internal SMB share available outside of the firewall using an intermediate server

Environment: Windows 2008 Server at Data Center 1 - call it Server A Another Windows 2008 Server at DC 2, call it Server B Fiber link dynamic IP client, connected via VPN to Server B, call it Client ...
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Where are the Kerberos time outs in Windows 2008R2?

We have a DFS share that redirects users to a EMC CIFS share. Several end users are unable to access it and get the following Kerberos Security warning: The System Detected an attempt to ...
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AccessEnum recursion depth

I'm putting together a quarterly audit script and I'm trying to provide information to data owners about the groups they administer. The most difficult aspect of this operation is determining to ...
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How to sync web site files cross Windows Web Server 2008 R2 servers in realtime?

I have a web site generating files at runtime, this web site is deployed on 2 servers Operation system, Windows Web Server 2008 R2. I am looking for a manner to sync the changed and new files from ...
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How do I rename DFS shares?

Is there an easy way to rename the DFS shares, some of the folders have changed function and we would like to update this with their names?
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windows 2008 R2 DFSdiag error

When I run the command dfsdiag /testdfsintegrity /dfsroot:\domain\dfs full I get the following error Checking the registry of the namespace servers... Error: The system cannot find the file ...
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Windows DFS - file locking & replication?

I'm in a small company that has offices on the east and west coasts of America and also various people working from their homes. There are Windows Servers already in the offices. I think that ...
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how to prevent direct access to DFS Namespace shared folders

I have made a DFS Namespace named \\dc1\bank. There are some other folders from another file servers(for example \\dc1\bank\folder1 is the folder on \\fs1\folder1). I want to restrict users to direct ...
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DFSR files appearing on destination before they finish replicating

We have a DFS environment. If we have a 100MB file for example that we put in the DFS share, it will appear very quickly on the destination server at another site even though with the bandwidth ...
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I can't access to share using URI

I have a Windows 2008 Server R2 64 which is member of AD and configured as DFS. My clients (Windows 7) can access the DFS with IP and ComputerName (\\192.168.0.6, \\dfs). But using ...
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Assign DFS share to intranet zone via GPO?

This seems like it shouldn't be hard, but I haven't had any luck with either guessing or searching. I'll admit I'm no Windows guru, so forgive me if the answer should be obvious. I'm trying to get ...