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 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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Browsing DFS share keeps moving up a folder

I have a DFS-R namespace with three nodes. Two of the nodes work just fine, but a third node does something very strange. When you are browsing the node through the namespace, when you change into a ...
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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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How to move Redirected Folders with Offline Files from UNC to DFS share

We want to move to a new file server. We are using Folder Redirection and Offline Files. I figured it would be best if we moved from a straight UNC path to a DFS name path as we have multiple file ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Most efficient way to setup massive high-availability storage in Azure to work with multiple VMs?

I'm looking into various options for setting up massive high-availability storage in Windows Azure, to use together with my Azure VMs. The VMs need to be able to work with the storage as if were a ...
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Does windows DFS (DFSR) resume a partial transfer if a WAN link is lost?

Q: Does windows DFS (DFSR) resume a partial transfer if a WAN link is lost? This seems like an obvious "yes" but, hoping someone here can provide a definitive answer. Background The environment ...
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DFS-R not working on Server 2012 with Exchange DAG

We have 2 servers running a small network. The goal is to have the 2 servers as HA servers on a low budget. Therefore we deployed Windows Server 2012 and configured DFS-R which all worked fine. We ...
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Outlook 2010 and 2003 DFS

I've been fighting this issue for days and cant seem to find someone else with a similar issue. We rolled out 42 Dell Precision T3500 computers with Windows 7 64bit and Office 2010 64bit. Since that ...
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Server 2012 DFS New Member Issue

I am trying to add a new member to our DFS topology. We have 3 DCs (VMs - VMware) running Windows server 2012, two servers are located in or Primary site and the third at our DR site. Currently the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DFSR fails before initialization. Event ID: 4010, 3006, 2010, 4004

I have a 2 server DFSR configuration where I am attempting to replicate two shares between them. ServerA (2008R2) is the primary and ServerB(2012R2) is the receiver, both are DCs. The RepFolder on ...
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DFS Namespace is inaccessible when DC4 is up and running

DC1, DC2 and DC3 are at site A. DC4 and DFS server (2008 R2) are at Site B. DC4 is Server 2003 and not a Global Catalog. DC1, DC2 and DC3 all are Server 2003, FSMO role holders and a Global Catalog. ...
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Imaging Process for Multiple Hardware configurations

currently we use a PXE environment to deploy an automated imaging process to PC's for windows 7. We are using an unattended installation with an answer file. This answer file tells the windows ...
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Resolving incorrect DFS server when outside of network subnet

I have a number of IP networks in my organization. I am also running a single domain across my organization with DFS servers in two sites - London and Sydney. My domain functional level is Server ...
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DFS CIFS shares not responding to demand

I'm hoping someone can help me here with understanding how a windows file copy differs between a copy using terracopy (or similar) and what that means for contention on my NAS head. Background: ...
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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 ...