I'm wondering if it is possible to hide the normal windows file server share when that same share has been published via DFS on the same server?
To clarify, say I'm running DFS on a server called FILESVR and there are 3 folder in it's storage that I want to share, (e.g. HR, Sales, Marketing). DFS is running on Server 2016, AD integrated with 2008 mode active. Domain controllers are hosted elsewhere.
Anyway, when I share the folders using DFS, it creates normal file shares AND shortcuts inside the DFS namespace, which as you can guess, is unnecessarily redundant and also confusing for a lot of end users. Have a look at the attached figure to see what I mean:
The DFS Namespace is "OfficeData" and inside it has shares for HR, Marketing and Sales. However, they are also shown up in the server root as normal shares. I don't want that. I want the folder to show up under DFS only and not on the file server root.
I understand I can use a separate server for Namespace which will solve the issue but then again, I don't want to have a separate sever just for that.
I have also read that the $ shares also doesn't work or has other issues therefore I haven't checked it out yet.
So, is there a way to achieve this?
Any help is appreciated.