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

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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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Can i have a different Group Policy at Different sites to map users RedirectedFolders? SBS 2008

I have a DFS setup between my 2 locations, and there are a few employees that move between them. Can i have a GPO at each location to change where their Redirected Folders to the local server. I ...
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Is it possible to configure DFS between trusted domains?

Good day all, I have a situation where I am having a hard time finding any solid answers. My company recently acquired another company, and we need to have a lot of their data locally, while leaving ...
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Use DFS with Mac OSX

Windows Server DFS (Distributed File System) isn't supported on Mac OSX. E.g. the user can't connect to DFS root and browse the file structure but has to connect to each server separately. What is ...
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DFS 2008 (Distributed File System) Console Error

I am trying to configure DFS with replication for my employer. We are primarily using Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 servers. I'm getting an error in my DFS Management Console. It is saying "ERROR ...
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Is there something like Microsoft Windows Server DFS for Linux?

I'd like to create something like Windows' DFS system for sharing files on a network on Linux. Is there a similar offering somewhere?
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Network delays accessing home drive on Windows Vista/7 cause programs to take forever to launch

Our network has Windows Server 2003 (not R2) and Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers at this time. We have our home directories mapped to domain DFS shares from a 2003 machine (redundant root ...
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How do I rename a DFS root?

I am new to DFS and need to rename an existing DFS root (OldDFS$) to a new name (NewDFS$) so that it's clearer to its users. This is on an AD domain and there is no replication of the DFS data. The ...
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Windows 2003 - DFS not replicating all the files?

Is there a way to force DFS replication to happen? I've added another share to an existing DFS link, and it's 24 hours later, and the 2 folders are not in sync! The newly added share has only about ...
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DFS honing to wrong DFS server

I am not incredibly familiar with how DFS works, but I know that we have an ongoing problem where I work. We have several DFS servers, each at a different branch is different locations. Sometimes when ...
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GPO cannot install software from DFS folder

I use GPO for install software from a file share. I want to change the file share to a DFS folder. I've made a DFS folder over this this share. I've changed the path in the GPO. When I restarted a PC ...
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Can a DFS share be used for Folder Redirection?

Can a DFS share be used for Folder Redirection?
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Can I use DFS Replication with Shared Storage?

I am looking to add redundancy to our DFS shares and want to utilize a new iSCSI SAN array in the process. I am thinking of having two servers (one virtual, one physical - sitting on different hosts) ...
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How can I seperate old and new data storage, while making the data access seemless to the user?

First, I am open to suggestion on the title of this. Here is what I am looking for: I am rebuilding our file server because it’s dying, as well as space being poorly allocated. What I would like to ...
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Can not access DfsrPrivate

I've set up DFS-R between three servers, and so far, it is replicating everything as its supposed to.. The problem is, I can not access the DfsrPrivate folder, where is it located? So far I see the ...
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DFS-R or WAFS for Syncing 1TB Files between remote sites

We have 1TB of files that we wish to keep in sync between three locations. This data consists of around 1.5 Million files which grows/changes at an average of 100MB/day. The first location is a ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS Replication - Which files are replicating?

Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS Replication Is it possible to see which specific files are replicating in real time using a GUI or command line tool or in a log somewhere? I didn't see this in the DFS ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS Root Namespace Required?

I would prefer to set up our DFS such as: \domain.local\users \domain.local\customers \domain.local\support etc. Is this a problem? Do I need to instead set all of the above folders as targets under ...
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How to replicate wwwroot over multiple IIS web servers with NLB without NAS?

We're adding a second server with Windows NLB for a bit of redundancy (ie the power goes on one of the servers - I know its not the best solution). How can we keep the data identical between the ...
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DFS replication initial step problem

I just setup DFS on my network and it's working fine, and now I'm trying to setup DFS-R on a test folder, but then at the end of the procedure (all went fine, selected my 2 folders, primary folder, ...
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How do I configure DFS replication using the command line?

I'm in the process of making a script to automate DFS creation and replication for an exam I have next week. So, assuming I have a namespace: dfsutil root adddom \\Foo\bar 'My namespace' And I ...
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Folder Redirection - Explorer requires manual refresh

When a user's My Documents folder is redirected to a DFS share, Windows Explorer requires a manual refresh after creating a new folder, file, etc. Interestingly, the manual refresh is not necessary ...
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Can't access dfs namespace over vpn

I've recently configured 2 servers in AD on the same domain level. They are physically separated and permanently connected through a site-to-site vpn for dfs replication. All well, but when users ...
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Windows DFS File System Clustering

We're attempted to set up a high availability network for our file servers, and we're wanting to do a DFS file system cluster using the same back-end storage (our back-end storage has its own ...
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Windows Server 2008 (Web Server) Replication

We have a load balanced environment with x64 Windows Server 2008. What are some best practices to setting up replication across the web servers? Do I only want to replicate the web folders? How ...
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Can't resolve offline file conflicts

We use roaming profiles on our Server 2008 R2 domain, with folder redirection for 'desktop', 'my documents' and 'application data'. But as our network is split across two sites, we have one file ...
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Forcing DFS replication on Windows 2003 Web Edition SP2

I have a pair of web servers running Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP2 (build 3790). There servers are a on a Gigabit LAN and are on the same subnet. I created a new link on the 1st server and ...
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Is it possible to extend the Active Directory schema in a Windows 2003 DC (NOT R2) to support DFSR?

We're in the process of installing a brand new Windows Server 2008 Web cluster and we would like to synchronize some files between the servers. The problem is that the DC in the domain is an old ...