I set up a DFS to centralise my shares. After doing so, I noticed, that I can access the shares via the domain path (\\SNAKEOIL.LOCAL\Research), but the folders is shown as empty.

The intended namespace \\SNAKEOIL.LOCAL\Public is working as expected.

Why is that and how can I avoid this strange behaviour?

Servers are running Windows Server 2012 R2. Howevery, I have the same problem with 2008 R2, too. Here is my setup:

SOIL-DC1 (domain controller, DFS)

  • D:\Shares\Research (shared as \\SOIL-DC1\Research)
  • D:\Shares\Laboratory (shared as \\SOIL-DC1\Laboratory)

SOIL-DC2 (domain controller, DFS)

  • D:\Shares\Development (shared as \\SOIL-DC2\Development)

\\SNAKEOIL.LOCAL\Public (DFS-Namespace)

  • Research (targets to \\SOIL-DC1\Research)
  • Laboratory (targets to \\SOIL-DC1\Laboratory)
  • Development (targets to \\SOIL-DC1\Development)
  • Do you have permissions for all these folders? Windows will hide folders you don't have access to.
    – Nathan C
    Aug 18 '14 at 12:10
  • Will hide only with ABE enabled. But this is not the issue here.
    – Daniel
    Aug 18 '14 at 19:16

This happens, when the DFS server is also a domain controller.

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