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Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) is a technology that complements the SMB/CIFS based file server role of Windows Servers.

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hide a subfolder under DFS

one of our customer's site has a NAS box which has a share and this is part of DFS. They want a folder to be created there like this \\ourdomain.to\DFS\RED\Teams\secretfoldername but it should be be ...
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“the value does not fall within the expected range” DFS error on Server 2012

I seem to have run into this bug while attempting to create a DFS replication group: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4049095/value-does-not-fall-within-the-expected-range-error-when-you-...
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How can I find the path in which a file is open

I need to migrate a Server 2008 Fileserver. My problem is, that some Users have access to there data over DFS and other have mapped simple Shares. Now I have migrated the DFS but I don't know which ...
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DFS Namespace is not visible or inaccessible

I'm having problem where user are not able to access the DFS Namespace during the day, It will work fine int the morning but after few hours user cant access the DFS Namespace path. The only I can fix ...
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Parallel life of DFS shared files?

That's a weird one. We have 3 servers (Windows Server 2012 R2) with DFS-N and DFS-R sharing and syncing same folders between themselves. We have those folders mapped on clients as network drives like ...
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Multiple domains on network - problems with DFS

I've inherited a setup that we've been running with for a number of years that I've finally decided to sort out. We have two offices connected via a VPN tunnel. Office A uses domain.net and office B ...
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DFSR & Namespace - One Root Replicated Folder - Multiple Targets?

Have setup DFSR between two servers - SERVER-A and SERVER-B. This replication, replicated one root folder - ROOT. \\SERVER-A\ROOT & \\SERVER-B\ROOT We have multiple folders beneath ROOT: ROOT\...
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Not able to create DFS namespace in a completely new forest

Not able to create DFS namespace in a completely new forest OS: Windows server 2016 DFL: 2003 FFL: 2003 DFS role on member server creating very first namespace server - Errors in : The object ...
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Windows Server 2016 DFS Replication Setup Duration

I have recently setup a distributed file system replication group in a dfs namespace. My questions are: How Long does it usually take for a replication Group to start replicating? And is it Bad to use ...
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Are users supposed to be able to access the root \\contoso.local location in Windows Explorer when using DFS?

With DFS, are users supposed to be able to access the root \\contoso.local location in Windows explorer? (As opposed to only \\contoso.local\namespace?) I ask because I'm working with a legacy system ...
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DFS Namespace Server Configuration

in my environment I have 2 DCs (DC01 and DC02). So, I added DFS roles in both of them. I created a domain based namespaces. The DFS replication role was installed on separate servers which are ...
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DFSR Issues Error: 1726 (The remote procedure call failed.)

We have server 2008R2 with DFSR for many days I am seeing errors on event viewer, the firewall is turned Off on both the servers server 1 events The DFS Replication service failed to communicate ...
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Can you raise the domain functional level to windows server 2016 and have DFS running on windows server 2012 r2?

I have 2 DC's that are both Windows Server 2016. We have one DFS server running Windows Server 2012 R2 but all of the namespaces are 2008 compatability mode. Our Domain Functional Level is at ...
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What are the supported limits of DFS Replication in Windows 2016?

I have been searching for a while but could not find any result on Windows 2016. This link only applies upto to Windows 2012. I am particularly in need of knowing the total number of files that can be ...
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Obscure DFS/File Share Issue involving Creation Date and Macs

We have 2 Server 2016 Standards in a DFS replication configuration. For some reason, the dates on the files on our shared drive keep resetting to 1902 or 1962. This causes the MACs that access the ...
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Turn off DFS Replication completely

I have an environment where there is a fileserver (physical) and a DC (virtual) with DFS replication setup by a previous tech. I've never worked with DFS before. There is about 1TB of data being ...
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DFS | The Network Path was not found | RPC Server is unavailable

Suddenly we got a problem on some windows pcs when accessing the dfs share. Before this the DFS access was working. The Problem Some clients suddenly cannot access the dfs share like: \\thedomain\dfs ...
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Moving file/folder within DFS-N share does not update NTFS permissions

First off, I am obviously no expert in DFS nor NTFS permissions. I have been looking for an answer to my problem high and low but did not come across something relevant. With that out of the way: I'm ...
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DFS Namespaces DNS and NetBIOS Name Resolution

I have a Windows Domain which hosts a number of DFS Namespaces in an environment which has DNS servers only (the clients are Windows 7+ and NetBIOS is not disabled on them). Example Domain: andshrew....
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DFS Namespace unavailable at login

Background We are having some issues with DFS namespaces in our environment after a change to how we configured our environment and I was looking to get some insight on how to troubleshoot, before we ...
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SYSVOL not replicating between DC's

I've been struggling all day trying to fix this issue.. I recently added a secondary DC, everything worked for 2 weeks or so. Now, the last 2 days I noticed it doesn't replicate the policies.. That's ...
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Windows - Item-Level Targeting: Folder Permissions

Brief We have been working in our new environment for a couple of months now and everything works just great. The only problem is management. We have multiple departments, multiple companies, ...
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Manually delete ConflictAndDeleted

we're looking to reclaim space on our DCs and have found that the ConflictAndDeleted folder is huge in System Volume Information > DFSR > Private. There is one folder in particular which is the ...
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Windows search not showing file content results from mapped DFS drive

I already checked the thread Windows 7 search not showing results from mapped Server 2008 R2 BUT my case is different: We have file servers (2012 R2) and Windows 7 workstations. The mapped network ...
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Save-As in Excel disconnects Windows DFS mapped network drive

Users can open and create files no problem. But when they save-as and click browse it disconnects the mapped drive to \domain\dfsroot and dumps them on the local file system. I've been all over the ...
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Do I break anything by having a regular share targeting a DFS share's folder?

I have DFS installed on a single file server - I wanted to use DFS now so I don't have to migrate later when I get a second file server. I'm trying to integrate third party sharing software and I ...
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DFSR specific folder specific server

I'm considering using DFSR to speed up a slow link between a branch office. I want to know if it is possible to exclude a specific folder from the replication, so that when the branch office accesses ...
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Why “file exists” trying to add folder to DFS namespace?

I've got a working (via normal share) shared folder on a server. However, when I try to add it to our DFS namespace it fails with "The file exists" error. I'm looking at the namespace and it clearly ...
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Occasional Authorization Errors with IIS, Azure Files and DFS

We'd had some IIS apps configured to run as a local user with admin privs per the standard recommended practice: David So's Blog - IIS and Azure Files. Some sites' app pools were running as domain ...
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Network DFS Shares Jumping Back To Root

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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DFS share(s) not visible for some Citrix SBC users

In short: Some Citrix SBC servers are experiencing the following problem When logged in to a Citrix server and browsing to a mapped drive (eg. drive D: (mapped as \domain.local\namespace\share)) the ...
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Window Server 2012 DFS

I would like to perform replication on 2 file servers using DFS. DFS uses a namespace to allow users to map to their own personal drive. I want to use only IP BASED namespace like 192.168.0.3peter. Is ...
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DFS referral cache duration

We have two domain-based DFS servers in our main office. A smaller location is connected through a VPN with the main office and uses the DFS for accessing shared resources in the main as well as at ...
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Automatic Active Directory Replication not working: dc1=samba=CentOS + samba4 + dc2=dc=WinSrv2008R2SP1

Main domain controller is made with samba 4.3.4 on CentOS 7 (name=samba). Just made a new second domain controller on WinSrv2008R2Sp1 (name=dc). Sysvol replication was made using the following ...
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Unable to delete a folder from server 2012 R2

I had a replication enable a folder which was replicating data to a server 2012 r2 but i have disbale the replication but i'm unable to delete this folder or re-enable the replication. We had a ...
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Transparent switch from single fileserver to DFS

Currently we're maintaining an environment with a single Windows Server 2008 R2 fileserver. We'd like to replace the server with a Server 2012 R2 machine and switch to DFS (fileshare on dfs server, ...
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DFS setup with large initial folder

I have two offices that both use a similar network share structure, and often generate the same files. I would like to implement DFS between the two locations, but am concerned that the main folder ...
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Selecting suitable server infrastructure for an SME envionrment

I've been assigned to come up with a solution to best fit our organization needs. Basically, we currently have a single server running few bunch of VMs on one organization. And the need now is to ...
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DFS Replicating files but not deleting the ones removed

I have 2 production environment File servers. When setting up DFS, 1 was set as primary and the other as secondary. While Replication process is working, it replicates the newly created files from the ...
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Setting DFS Set Target Priority (with files open)

We currently have 2 x DFS servers at the same site. According to the following, ""DFS does not like to work well in the same site without prioritization." - https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/...
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execute .Bat file under remote user

We have a windows service running under an AD Account. This account is a non personnel account and has limited access (can not log in locally, etc.) This service tries to access a DFS share (the ...
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Using DFS without replication (aka single server)

I have an older Windows 2008R2 Server which operates as file server ("normal" smb shares). As I need to replace it, I asked myself if it would be a good idea to move to DFS and start using namespaces, ...
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DFS with multisite replication

I'm looking at setting up file shares at different sites across the US. Currently there are file shares at HQ that users VPN back to. The problem is, HQ doesn't have (and cannot get) fast enough ...
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File share over site-to-site VPN (DFS enabled)

I have two sites with servers with DFS and one site with just two VPN site-to-site to the other two sites with the servers. The users can't acess the file share via \\domain.local\SHARE but they can ...
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User cannot connect windows server 2012 shares over vpn

We have migrated from old windows server 2003 shares to a DFS-share which is running on Windows Server 2012. The client-machine is Windows 7 and it works fine in the LAN network but when trying to use ...
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How does DFSR work out costs to other sites?

We have 4 sites - two of which host DFS servers. Site A - DFS Server #1 (namespace member, replication group) Site B - DFS Server #2 (namespace member, replication group) Site C - No servers, just ...
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Folders got randomly deleted

I currently have a Windows Server 2012 R2 vm. This vm has a DFS share which is used as a file repository. It has been working flawlessly for about 4 years, however suddenly a bunch of random folders ...
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Finding synonyms in DFS

Giving a path to a file on the network, for example: \\server1\folder\file I'm trying to find all the other paths (in my network) pointing to the exactly same file (not a copy of it, but a replicate ...
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File Screening on Server Share

I am having a bit of a challenge here. I have two file servers configured with DFS enabled. Replication is working just fine and all is well with them. However, I am at a point where I want to do some ...
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How are files distributed in DFS folder targets?

I have a Windows DFS made up by 2 servers (Windows Server 2012 R2). Each server have a share folder that was used as target folder for the DFS share. When I create files in the DFS share, I notice the ...