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 set up replication and all appears to be working great. The only problem, and i don't know if it is a problem or working as intended is that although I can navigate to the root namespaces by opening \domain.local\Shares (Shares being the root namespace) I am not able to see the Roots if I browse to \domain.local.

I would like my users to be able to see all the available roots by browsing from just the domain - is this possible? Have I done something wrong?

I don't know if it is important but DFS and the Shares are running on two member file servers in seperate sites.


You are seen expected behaviour. When you browse \domain.local you have issued a DC referral and have been directed to a DC for a list of shares. You will see SYSVOL, Netlogon and any other shares explicitly configured on the DC you happen to be browsing.

See http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2009/04/15/understanding-windows-server-2008-dfs-n-by-analyzing-network-traces.aspx for some explanations of what happens on the wire when browsing DFS shares. You will also likely find the open specification details on MSDN useful. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc227068(v=PROT.13).aspx

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