I'm taking over for a prior admin who created several DFS namespaces in our Active Directory infrastructure. The prior admin did not document any of the structure of our DFS, so I don't even know what my DFS namespace servers are. I was able to find one, by logging into file servers one by one until I found a server running the DFS Namespace service - when what to my wondering eyes should appear but 2 namespaces, only one of which is a Domain namespace.

I've been tasked to document our DFS infrastructure, but that task seems impossible if I can't find my namespace servers to begin with.

We are running Windows Server 2008r2 fairly consistently across our entire environment. We have a total of 6 domain namespaces.

So far I have searched laboriously through the DFS Management MMC Snap-in. I've also tried using DFSUtil. I've also done the obligatory internet searching, with no useful results. I should note that, until I started this job 8 months ago, I had never used DFS before, and until this assignment, I've only done some minor maintenance - adding new folder targets etc. So it's possible I've missed something obvious.

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    Have you tried the DFS Management snap-in? That'll tell you...
    – Nathan C
    Jun 9, 2014 at 16:34
  • I have tried the DFS snap-in, and can't find anything anywhere that tells me what my DFS Namespace servers are. I've also tried DFS Util. I should update my question with this information...
    – Thomas
    Jun 9, 2014 at 16:47
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    Um... I'm an idiot. It is in the DFS snap-in - in big bold letters saying "Namespace Servers" when you select a namespace. This is why you should not stay up late with a pretty girl on a Sunday night.
    – Thomas
    Jun 9, 2014 at 16:55

2 Answers 2


Go to the DFS Management Console, expand out Namespaces, and make sure you see the Namespace you are looking for. If you don't, then right click Namespaces and choose Add Namespaces to Display..., and select the Namespace you are looking for.

Once you have the Namespace visible, simply click on the namespace. You should see a tabbed interface show up in the middle pane. The Second Tab is Namespace Servers. Click the tab to see the servers acting as Namespace Servers.


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Click there to get:

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Simply click "Show Namespaces" assuming the domain is populated, and there's a list!

  • This is only going to show the Namespaces, but not the specific Servers hosting those namespaces.
    – HostBits
    Jun 9, 2014 at 17:01
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    Yes, but after adding them to the display you can see which servers host what namespaces.
    – Nathan C
    Jun 9, 2014 at 17:30

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