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

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Windows DFS delayed write

I know very little about DFS filesystems but have come across an issue with one of our deployments. Our application writes files to a designated location, closes them, and then writes a record into ...
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Which is the most reliable means of copying archives using binary deltas across Windows SMB shares?

I've been searching for the quickest way to copy some WAR and JAR files for huge software deployments between Windows systems. Clearly, multithreaded robocopy or any rsync protocol implementation will ...
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DFS Replication across WAN

I have setup both sites in ADSS, set the subnets properly (I think), and setup a DFS share with replication. How can I test that to see which physical machine I'm actually accessing when visiting ...
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dfs replication: One replication group per share or a single replication group for all shares

I am currently migrating from a Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard to a Windows Server 2008 file server. I want to do a "soft" migration by using dfs replication. Now I am wondering what is the best ...
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How to change Windows DFS replication log file path?

I have enabled DFS replication for a couple shares on my Windows Server 2003 machine and it works fine, except that I would like the debug logs to be written to a different drive (it logs in to the ...
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Create DFS replica from a NAS drive

We have two offices, at two different locations. In one we have a NAS, with some shares. We also have a Domain Controller using Windows 2003 R2. We have setup a second Domain Controller using Windows ...
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Windows 2008 R2 DFS keeps MS office work-files

We have started using the DFS sharing functionality in Windows 2008 R2 (previously we used regular shares on Windows 2003), and noticed that for every office document we work on, it's work-file ...
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Access to DFS shares fails after reboot

I'm using DFS to access varios shares on a server using a domain namespace - like \mydomain.local\docs. The DFS shares are not replicated. The shares are located on a DC After rebooting the host the ...
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When seeding a Windows DFS replication copy, do you need to copy security?

I may need to rebuild a 1TB Windows 2008 DFS replication folder between our UK and USA sites. It's good practise to seed the other copy before starting replication so that the bulk of the data doesn't ...
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Accessing DFS namespace from another domain (crossdomain) on Windows Server 2008

Our setup right now is 1 "main" machine and two webservers. The main machine have a DFS namespace called 'foo' which both the webservers uses as their webroot directory. This works like a charm if I ...
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What are DFSR's hardware requirements?

I'm currently looking into implementing DFSR, with the following setup: 2 Offices in the US 2 Ofices in Europe The offices are currently using a NAS where I just copy stuff when needed, and have VPN ...
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IP Resolution of AD Domain, DFS and DNS/WINS lookup problem

Short story One day, on client computers, the remote DFS \\country1.company.com\company stopped working and \\country1.company.com keeps resolving to a local server IP. However, if the request is ...
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Windows 2008 R2 File Server Cluster vs. DFS

We're currently using 2 Windows 2008 R2 with DFS but discovered some issues with: replication of permissions (permissions are not replicated across DFS members) replication of quota (quota is ...
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Error 0x8007003B copying large files to DFS share

Here is the configuration. Private network and domain (foo.bar). 2 file servers running 2K8R2 (file1.foo.bar and file2.foo.bar). Created a share on each server (\\file1\share and \\file2\share). ...
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Determine which DFS referral target a user is using

Our DFS namespace is set-up so that \\company.local\users is hosted on both a UK server and USA server with referral based upon the user's site. Works a treat except we suspect today, DFS failed over ...
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DFS - Active Directory Namespace not showing

Appologies if this doesn't make sense - I'm just starting to play with DFS and some of the terms are still confusing to me. We have created a couple of DFS roots (as domain roots) on our domain and ...
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unionfs equivalent on Server 2008 R2

Probably a fairly straight forward question, but; At the moment I have 2 different shares on 2 different machines (one server 2008, the other W7) which are basically a "mirror" of each other that ...
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Migration from Distributed File System 2003 to 2008

I have two Windows Server 2003 and both have DFS and it does replication between them. I would like to migrate the primary win2k3 DFS server to win2k8. what is the best way to do that? I found this ...
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Distributed File System (DFS) and MS SQL 2008

There are two physical servers on which we want to install MS SQL 2008 and our application. Our application is using DB in separate *.mdf file. Our application works only on one server at the point ...
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How do you figure out how a windows machine is resolving a share name?

We've been having some weird issues while migrating domains from one forest to another. We tried turning off the domain controllers for the old domain, and all of a sudden, a share which we used to ...
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Server has IP address with conflicting site associations

I have run dfsdiag /testdcs and I am getting the error: Server has IP address with conflicting site associations Now I think this is probably due to the fact that the server in question is linked ...
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Clients connecting to wrong dfs share

I am having a lot of trouble with my clients connecting to the wrong dfs share, how do I ensure that clients only connect to the nearest dfs share. I have two file shares connected by a vpn ...
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How Does DFS Replication in Windows 2008 Handle Write/Delete in Rapid Succession

We'd like to replicate a mail drop folder between two servers; however, as files are written to the source folder, a timer job on that server is also regularly processing and deleting them, meaning ...
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Does a domain DFS root have to be \\somedomain.com or can it be \\arbitraryname.somedomain.com?

Does a domain DFS root have to be \\example.com or can it be \\arbitraryname.example.com? DNS can still point arbitraryname.example.com to multiple servers — even domain controllers. I want to ...
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Moving roaming profiles to DFS

I'm redirecting appdata, my docs and desktop folders to a server using a GPO based on what facility they're usually at. This brings up a problem for users who bounce between multiple locations. ...
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Can't run utilities that use the network from a Windows Server 2008 DFS share

Under Windows Server 2008 I'm unable to run many utilities that use network resources. This works just fine under Windows Server 2003. For example: \\domain\dfs\tools$\bin\sendmail.exe ... ...
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How do I find the system's disk capacity?

I run the command df -g to get the GB block sizes in the second column (left to right). If I want to get the total capacity for all hard disks, which command should I use? OS is AIX.
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Windows 2008 R2 | DFS Replication skipping certain files & permissions

We have universal namespace, i.e. us.company.###.com and within that we have DFS shares set as \us.company.###.com\company We've recently notice certain directories are not replicating correctly. ...
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Using DFS roots as shared folders

I am curious if I can use DFS roots as shared folders without using any DFS links. Some background: I like the idea of using DFS for name abstraction. By using domain-based namespaces, I can abstract ...
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10tb file storage design question on media website

I have a fairly busy media website where MP3 audio files are uploaded by members and streamed / downloaded from 2 Windows servers which are load balanced at the moment...both servers simply mirror ...
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DFS “clobering” files

We have DFS setup using the DFS Management Administrator Tool. I turned on replication in the Distributed File System Administrator Tool as well and this morning we lost tons of files from that share. ...
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Are we using DFS “wrong”?

We are a company that has branches across the country. We have a minimum of 1 T1 to each branch and a maxiumum of 2 T1s. We have a DFS server at each branch and at our main office. In the past week ...
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Does Windows DFS always keep some files backlogged?

I have been monitoring our DFS backlog and I have noticed that is hasn't really dropped below 1000 or so files. I am assuming this means it needs to use more bandwidth. So starting last night I ...
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Replicate content across IIS farm, *not* on a domain

What's the best way of replicating web content across an IIS web farm where the servers are not on a domain? Most people seem to recommend DFS for this type of scenario, but I understand that relies ...
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Unable to install DFS Namespaces feature on 2008R2/SP1

I have a totally fresh install of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition and have applied SP1 to it (not slipstream). It is a member of company domain and I'm logged on as domain administrator. Now ...
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DFS replication and disk quotas on Windows 2008 R2 file servers

How is disk quota treated in a DFS environment? Do quotas also get replicated to member servers? How do you setup quotas and file screening for this kind of environment? I'd like to know your ...
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What is the importance of the .DFSFolderLink

I am currently building a new DFS namespace setup. My folder E:\CommonStuff\ is already shared on the fileserver. And now it is also shared as \DOMAIN\CommonStuff I got 3 questions: I see ...
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Best option for DFS deployment

Initially, we placed the DFS function on the 2 domain controllers but the login times are getting longer/slower and the CPU/memory resources on the 2 domain controllers are almost flatline during peak ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 + Active Directory / DNS Server / DFS

I have two public dedicated web servers that I want load-balanced using windows NLB. I want to take advantage of DFS replication to keep all my files in sync between the two servers. To do this I ...
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What is the unattend.txt entry to install DFS Replication Diagnostic and Configuration Tools?

I'm trying to make an unattend.txt-style file to use with sysocmgr.exe to verify certain Windows 2003 R2 components are uninstalled. I've been able to find most of them, but I can't find any ...
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How can I exclude a specific folder from DFS Replication in Server 2008?

Question pretty much says it all...I need to exclude a specific folder (a dropbox folder) from being included in our DFS-R setup. I see how to setup an exclusion using Server 2003, but haven't been ...
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Replicate the same source folder to multiple end points, with a different schedule for each end point

I'm trying to make a set of folders (about 8 gig) that get updated monthly to replicate out to nine branch locations. They are connected via VPN back to head office with 1.5Mbit aDSL links. I've got ...
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Is IIS caching DFS referrals under a different context to my local user account?

We're migrating the main media store for our website to a new server. I'm investigating using distributed file system (DFS) to do this, so that instead of replacing all the hard-coded references to ...
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How does the DFS 'cache duration' setting work?

We have a large and complex multi-site DFS structure. I'm using DFS for an application that would be disrupted if any part of the structure was redirected out of site (although I'd rather it be ...
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DFS-R + Volume Shadow Services - Run VSS at all locations or one?

I have 4 servers, one at each office location, each sharing read/write copies of 1.5TB of data. Changes are replicated 24/7 between all 4 servers via DFS-R. All servers run Windows 2008 R2. I'm ...
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A simple Volume Replication Tool for large data set?

I'm looking for a solution to the following: Server A (Site A) - Win 2008 R2 - approx 10TB (15TB max) of data - well over 8 million files Server B (Site B) - Win 2008 R2 I want to ...
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DFS: Error creating domain-based namespace “The namespace cannot be queried. The RPC server is unavailable.”

I try to create a domain-based namespace but when I hit "next" on the "choose type wizard page" I get the message: The namespace cannot be queried. The RPC server is unavailable. I found one ...
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DFS Migration from 2003 R2 to 2008 R2

In our environment we have 6 domain controllers. 2 of them are running 2003 R2 and we are in the process of decommissioning them. These servers are hosting our single namespace for \domain.com\DFS. We ...
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Mount a Windows DFS Namespace in Linux

I've got a Windows DFS setup with a few namespaces, and I need a way of accessing them via CentOS. Any ideas? I've had a look at CIFS mounting, but it won't support the namespace (each separate ...
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How to have different Group Policy at different sites map user's Redirected Folders on SBS 2008?

I have a DFS setup between my two locations and there are a few employees that move between them. Can I have a GPO at each location that changes their Redirected Folders to the local server? I have ...