Basic DFS: All DFS Folders in Root Folder?

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Ben, May 5, 2006.

  1. Ben

    Ben Guest


    We are about to open a branch office and want to replicate files between the
    two servers, main office SBS/W2k, Branch Office W2k R2.

    I am new to DFS, I have read a number of MS Articles and understand that I
    need to use FRS not DFS-R (as our SBS is not R2).

    Our file server structure is based on the same structure we have had for
    years. We have many shared folders on our root drive.

    My question is do I need to move all the shared folders into the DFS Root

    Ben, May 5, 2006
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  2. No--there is no need to move your shared folders under the root. In fact,
    you should NOT do this. Just leave them where they are and add them as
    folder targets to the folders you create in the namespace.

    Fyi, we recommend against storing anything in the root folder itself, other
    than the structures that DFS creates on its own.
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], May 5, 2006
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  3. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Thanks Jill

    My assumption was all or not at all :)

    We also have a linked problem: whilst testing we created the root
    \\domain.local\data which linked to a folder that we have in use, clients
    are mapping the drive \\servername\data

    The problem is that by deleting this root so that we can create a root
    correctly clients appear to be unable to connect, it appears they are using

    What would the solution be to stop them using DFS temporarily?

    Thanks again
    Ben, May 5, 2006
  4. Reboot the client, or install the Dfsutil.exe support tool (from W2K3) on
    the client and use the /purgemupcache parameter (I'm going from memory on
    the parameter name).

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], May 5, 2006
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