DFS namespace and existing Shares

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Gunner, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Gunner

    Gunner Guest

    I have two large file servers that I want to rebuild and use DFS to share the
    exisitng files across 4 servers.

    The plan is to build two new servers and move some of the existing shares to
    the new servers. Install DFS with domain level DFS roots to the existing
    shares, but i don't want to change the existing login scripts that map the
    users shares and change many job scripts that rely on those share names.

    IE current login script maps \\test1\home

    If i setup DFS it adds \\Domainname\test1\home

    is there a way to keep the same share name without the domain name addition?
    i tried to add a static entry into DNS and WINS to see if that would work,
    but it did not.

    if it was only the login scripts that needed to change it would not be a big
    deal to change it, but i have job scripts that rely on that share name also.
    Gunner, Oct 13, 2006
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  2. Hi,

    The only way to preserve the existing name space is to use the DFS Root
    Consolidation Wizard. However, for this to work you cannot create a Domain
    Based Namespace and will have to use a Standalone Namspace. Therefore, to
    achieve redundancy you would need to implement a cluster which is much more
    complex then implementing a domain based namespace. Also, the DFS Root
    Consolidation does require Enterprise Edition of Windows.

    Have a look at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/829885 for more info on Root

    What I usually recommend to customers in this scenario is to build a Domain
    Based Namespace and ensure that the links are pointing to the same UNC
    paths as the data was at before. Then, you can access the data both ways
    \\server\share and \\domain\root\share. The only downfall to this is
    accessing \\server\share will not provide any redundancy. In the long term
    you can plan to change your log on and any administrative scripts to be
    changed from \\server\share to \\domain\root\share

    Hope this helps,

    Brian Delaney
    Microsoft Canada
    Brian Delaney [MSFT], Oct 18, 2006
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  3. Gunner

    Gunner Guest

    Thanks. That is the conclusion i came to also. I guess we will be changing
    scripts to match the new Domain Namespace.
    Gunner, Oct 18, 2006
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