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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can I use junctions instead of drive letters to organize DFS replication of multiple shares on multiple disks?

I am configuring a new DFS setup that will utilize Namespaces and Replication. The two member servers are virtual machines running Windows Server 2012 R2. Since many of the shares range from ...
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Installing DFS role in Windows2008 R2

I have 2008 R2 server with existing File server, IIS & Application server roles. But, DFS was not selected while installing File server role. Can we add this feature in existing file server role ...
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DFS replication monitoring under a non-administrative account

I have a DFS replication set up on two Windows Server 2012 machines in a domain, the DFS consists of one namespace, two servers, several replication groups each containing one folder. I have been ...
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dfs replication verification

Was wondering if there is a way to verify every single file from the source server is replicated over to the secondary server. I understand there's a command get-dfsrfilehash that can verify the files ...
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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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Long pause when accessing DFS namespace

We've recently migrated our Windows network to use DFS for shared files. DFS is working well, except for one annoying problem: users experience a significant delay when they try to access a DFS ...
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Hundreds of event ID 14554 DfsSvc related

i'm experiencing a lot of those errors in the event viewer Namespace DFS Service : initialization of the shared folder that houses the root of the namespace is completed . Shared folder : foldername ...
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Windows 7 saving Office files to DFS fileserver has significant delay

There are several moving parts to this. A small section of the company who are connected from a standard floor switch to a wifi bridge to a building across the street are seeing really high save times ...
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DFS Using Domain Alias

Client has SuperVeryExtraLong.com AD domain so a DFS namespace becomes \\SuperVeryExtraLong.com\foo with a minimum of 29 characters. This is a problem with the 255 character path limit. Is there a ...
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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-R NTFS Permissions Not Working?

I have two Windows 2008 Standard servers running DFSR okay. I can create a file on one server and it is replicated to the other okay, etc. I have the namespace shared folder on each server shared ...
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Manually move data before enable DFS replication

We have one file server at local office and we want to setup another standby file server at remote data center, the two side will be connected with VPN, instead of enabled dfs on both servers and let ...