Cannot see dfs namespace roots?

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Brian Kirkegaard, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Hi

    We're in the process of testing DFS domain-based namespaces in Windows
    server 2008.
    We have set up a very small test environment consisting of one domain
    controller (dc01) and one DFS Namespace server (dfs01).
    We have only one namespace (namespace01) with several folders at the moment.

    The problem we're having is that we cannot see the the namespace root
    (namespace01) when browsing \\
    We CAN see the folders in the namespace if we browse \\\namespace01.

    What should we do to make the namespace roots visible at the domain level?

    Brian Kirkegaard, Aug 6, 2008
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  2. Brian Kirkegaard

    DaveMills Guest

    This have never worked. It is a "feature" but not a good one. You can see the
    Nomespace01 share if you browse one of the namespace servers.

    I think that while not publishing the name in the browse list is not really a
    bug it is an oversight which if corrected would improve the DFS system in the
    direction of fault tolerance and user acceptance.
    DaveMills, Aug 7, 2008
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  3. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your response - this is quite unfortuante.

    What we can do is to install DFS services on all DC's and add these to the
    namespaces, thereby making it possible to browse the root domain.

    This approach leads to two new questions:

    1) Would this break any "best practice" and would there be a substantial
    impact on the DC roles if we do this? Could we somehow prioritize the
    primary DFS management servers to answer most queries except root browsing?
    2) Is there some way to hide the "NETLOGON", "SYSVOL" and "Printers"

    Brian Kirkegaard, Aug 8, 2008
  4. Brian Kirkegaard

    DaveMills Guest

    I am not sure this will work either, I have had DFS on the DCs in the past but
    not now so I cannot test it. I still do not think is will allow you to browse
    the domain for the root. You will have to browse the DC by name.

    Let us (me) know if this is not correct.

    I do not think having DFS on a DC is exactly poor implementation I just like the
    idea that the DFS server job should be part of the file servers role.
    DaveMills, Aug 9, 2008
  5. I tried adding the DC's in our domain to the namespaces and still did not see
    the shares when I would browse to \\my.domain from a workstation. I still
    needed to browse to \\server1 in order to see the dfs shares.

    Daniel Kaliel, Aug 25, 2008
  6. Brian Kirkegaard

    DaveMills Guest

    That is what I expected. Not publishing the Root in the browser list was
    discussed a couple of years ago and somebody from MS did say this was being
    considered for a future enhancement. It is a pity is has not been added as
    having to rely upon a single server to locate the root name flies in the face of
    fault tolerant. It may have the added benefit of enabling none domain member
    computers to use the Root to access the namespace. At present this can only be
    done by browsing one of the name servers.
    DaveMills, Aug 26, 2008
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