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

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DFS Namespace and Volume ID

We have some file cataloging SW that works based on the Volume ID of a drive letter. Due to the number of shares we need to catalog, we are using a DFS Namespace so that the Catalog SW only needs to ...
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Folder Redirection DFS Slowness

Currently performing a project to migrate all users from mapped drive home folders to redirected folders (Documents). Having a strange issue at the moment whereby users redirected folder Documents is ...
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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 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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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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How to build a fault-tolerant Windows file share?

I have a primary and a backup windows 2008 server, and a bunch of windows XP clients that map a drive to a share on the primary server. If the primary server goes down, I want those client machines to ...
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MS DFS samba share on a Linux server working for Mac and Linux clients, but not Windows

I have a CentOS 6 machine with a simple samba share that I am trying to setup as a DFS server, so it can point clients to folders on other servers. Following the samba documentation for setting this ...
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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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How to display root directories for a domain with DFS?

I am working with a DFS setup of the standard form \\domain.local\root. We are sharing these and to navigate to the DFS share users would type \\domain\sales or \\domain\support. How can I setup so ...
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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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IIS 8.5, Kerberos and DFS Backend files

We have a new IIS app (8.5 on server 2012 R2).Some of the links on the site forward to files stored on a DFS (AD Integrated) share. The setup is : IIS 8.5 --> Two DFSN servers --> File server (all ...
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Dfs one namespace or two server

My question is similar to "Move DFS Namespace" asked Mar 7 2014 by Alex Mckenzie. I want a fault tolerant server so that users can access folders when one DFS server is not available. So far I have ...
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Opening file on DFS changes mounted drive DFS target

Since an upgrade to Win10 on a Win7 client computer, launching an app (via a shortcut icon) from the DFS share changes the target assigned to one of the mounted drives. DFS normally assigned to W ...
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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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Link two servers under the same namespace using DFS-N

I have set up two fileservers (Windows Server 2012 R2), namley; filesrv01 & filesrv02. I have installed DFS-N and DFS-R on both the servers, in the goal of linking them both to a single namespace, ...
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Why is the size of used space of a share different from the used space of a network drive targeting to that share?

We have a share that shows 350GB (376.544.187.272 Bytes) as used. If I mount that Share as a network drive it shows me 304 GB (326.777.810.944 Bytes) as used. The underlying NetApp Volume shows me ...
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Deleted Domain System Volume. How do I recreate it; I have no backups

As the title suggest I am basically screwed. Before all this happen; I had one problem: My group policies were not replicating from PDC to other DCs. I have three Dc's in production. As you can ...
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DFS bandwidth limit ignored

We have two servers, one in site A and another in site B. All servers are windows server 2012 R2. Problem here is that on site B the server is ignoring the bandwidth limit on scheduling group. DFS ...
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Strange NTFS Permissions issue on Windows Share + Win 8.1 Clients

Server 2012 R2 file server -- the share is exposed over a DFS namespace. I have a group called "share" that all the users are members of. This group has read/write access to the root of the DFS share ...
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Specify DFS root server to connect for dfsutil commands

I need to create domain groups and then set permissions on a dfs path (e.g. : \DOMAIN\ROOT\path), from a management server (that is not DFS root server), with dsfutil property ACL grant My management ...
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Distributed file system with atomic metadata

We are now using DFS for bidirectional synchronization of multiple servers, with really big files, and the line is pretty slow. I'm facing an issue that when I write file to server A, it is not even ...
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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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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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Failover Cluster DFS issue

I have a Windows 2008 R2 Failover Cluster. I have a Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster. I have been able to use the Copy Cluster Role to migrate 70 VM’s and the DHCP service from the Windows 2008R2 ...
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Recreating/Restoring existing DFS Folder

I am having some difficulty with some DFS management. I am attempting to migrate some folders that are on an old DFS 2008 server to a 2012 R2 server. I may have been doing it totally wrong. I have ...
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Why do things break when using DFS/Folder Redirection?

Here are two slightly different, but similar scenarios: There is an S:\ drive mapped to \\server\share. A DFS namespace is then implemented, with S:\ changed to \\domain.local\dfs\share (which is ...
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Clustered File Server on Windows 2012 With Local Storage

So I have a SQL Always-On group that requires a file share witness. I want that file share witness to be redundant and since I have no other need for a file server on this network, I'd like to do it ...
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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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Is there a way to setup alerts for a failed DFS topology connection?

I have a large DFS structure setup between multiple remote sites and multiple hub servers in a full mesh topology. Each remote site has its own namespace or namespaces and replication group. I have an ...
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Computers point to DC in wrong site

I need your help. I've struggled with this for months and nothing I've found online has helped me. The problem is, domain computers sometimes point to an incorrect domain controller in a different ...
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WMI service not working properly

I'm Having an issue with WMI, which seems to also affect DFS. I've tried rebuilding the repository, but it's still giving me the same error. Here's what DFS health report showing: SRV-FS02 (2 ...
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DFS: File randomly missing?

We have a DFS installed on two different servers. Running health reports finds no errors and generally everything seems OK, but: On some computers, files will be saved on a DFS folder randomly, ...
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replicate old file server machine from 2003sp2 to 2012r2

I just read this great post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2014/11/05/migrating-file-server-from-windows-server-2003-to-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx I was wondering if i could achieve a ...
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How to disable remote users(Outside the corp network) to access their DFS home Folder?

As this is my first question here sorry if something will be wrong. i am software engennering student and started admin job not knowing still much about it. The below is a huge problem in our windows ...
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Migrate from DFS to NAS

To simplify things, I'll pare down the environment. -Single Namespace\Namespace server\Folder Target -No replication Data is accessible using \HostDomain\DFSRootName Namespace server is running on ...
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What is the difference between New-DfsnFolder and New-DfsnFolderTarget?

What is the difference between New-DfsnFolder and New-DfsnFolderTarget? Both commands require both parameters, -Path and -TargetPath. They create the same thing. A DFS folder with a target. So what ...
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office 2013 proplus install fails via dfs

I could really use some help here. Originally I configured DFS with a NAMESPACE of 'MSI' and placed all the files and folders to be synchronised within that folder. Software deployments were all ...
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Prompt for credentials when accessing administrative share over network

I have an administrative share on a server called install$ (\server\install$). This share should be accessable only for administrators and helpdesk users since it contains installers from different ...
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DFS Link nesting

We currently have our DFS set up as follows: \\domain\dfs\private \\domain\dfs\shared \\domain\dfs\home We would like to move a subfolder of one target so that it appears to be the same but the ...
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What is the “Dfs” User That Has Permissions to DFS Namespace Links

I recently ran into issues that seem to be related to this "Dfs" user (which is added automatically when you create a new namespace link.) I can't find this user in any local or domain user store, nor ...
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DFS Replication Failure - no space & rebuild

DFS failed about 2 weeks or so ago, someone noticed it wasn't working and manually copied over a lot of stuff (looks like the correct structure). I was able to run a command suggested from the ...
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why we randomly pointing to wrong dfs share (something wrong with our setting)?

I am a developer, not an IT guy, but really get annoyed by our DFS share and IT isn't able to find a solution at the moment. We have two sites (A and B). DFS share is setup to replicate files between ...
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Windows Server 2008/2012 DFS won't replicate one folder

I have a problem with Windows 2008 DC replicating to Windows 2012 DC. I've been dealing with this for 6 months. The replicated folder contains 15 folders and 0 files in the root. All of the folders ...
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Problems with Microsoft DFS replica and failover scenarios

I created a shared folders (\sharedDir) on two Nas N1 and N2 replicated using Microsoft DFS technology. I defined a network alias (aliasTest.dom) pointing at the address of Nas N1 When browsing "\...
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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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DFS and Replication mesh between 3 servers - How is a local server selected

As an example I have 3 DFS servers all on different sub-nets each with an authoritative initial share on each (\\svr1\accounts, \\svr2\sales, \\svr3\hr). I have enabled replication on all servers (...
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Failover dedicated servers using DFS or use Cloud hosting

Currently I'm running a number of ASP.NET applications on a single dedicated Windows 2012 Standard R2 server with a hardware firewall in front. If this server goes down, my applications cannot be used,...
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SCOM 2012R2 DFS Replication Managementpack

We have a functional implementation of SCOM 2012R2 running on Windows Server 2012R2. Recently I have begun trying to get the DFS Replication monitoring working; specifically backlog monitoring. ...
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publish DFS namespaces?

We have multiple domain controllers and file servers, and have recently begun migrating to DFS. Everything works quite well, but one thing has me scratching my head... DFS namespaces not found on ...
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all dfs replication groups failing at the same time

We have 2 pairs of fileshare servers. All servers are virtual Windows 2008 R2. Each pair is replicating over a WAN. Occasionally all DFS replication groups fail at the same time. I could not find any ...