Home directorie not mapping

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Ryan, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Guest

    In our environment, I have created a DFS structure pointing all user Home
    Directories to a DFS link in AD. This has been working very well for several
    months, but on Monday, July 13, the home directory stopped mapping for some
    users. In ADUC, I am pointing home directories to \\domain\home\%username%,
    which resolves immediately to \\domain\home\user.name. If I change ADUC to
    point to the actual server hosting the home directories, the drive maps fine.
    I have verified permissions and can access the home directories by going
    Start | Run | \\domain\home\%username% or \\domain\home\user.name.

    Does anybody have any ideas as to why this is happening?
    Ryan, Jul 17, 2009
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  2. Ryan

    DaveMills Guest

    You are placing the home folder directly in the DFSRoot folder. ADUC will create
    a folder %username% in the DFSRoot (i.e. \\domain\home). It will NOT create a
    DFS link called %username% and point that to another server.

    You should have something like \\Domain\DFSRoot\Home when Home is a DFSFolder
    with links to \\Server\Home.
    DaveMills, Jul 17, 2009
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  3. Ryan

    Ryan Guest

    in our DFS structure, our Home Directories are pointing to
    \\domain\DFSRoot\Home. Within the Home folder, we have hundreds of folders
    for our users, thus giving the \\domain\DFSRoot\Home\%username% structure.

    When I go into ADUC and change the home folder to
    \\domain\DFSRoot\Home\%username%, I get a message stating the directory
    already exists, which it does, and the security properties will be applied to
    give the particular users correct rights. This appears to be working fine.
    However, when a user logs on, the drive is not mapped. To make things worse,
    this did work until Monday, July 13.
    Ryan, Jul 20, 2009
  4. Ryan

    DaveMills Guest

    OK, that's not what you said at first, so moving on.

    Can the user map the drive at the command prompt using the DFS path? Can they
    browse the DFS tree to get to their folder. Do the NTFS permissions on the
    folder DOMAIN\DFRRoot (the physical folder i.e. C:\DFSRoot or wherever it is
    shared from allow read access to the users.

    Is this connected to a TCP port or USB?
    DaveMills, Jul 20, 2009
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Guest

    Users can map the DFS path after they are logged in either by using Net Use
    or mapping via Windows.

    The DFSRoot allows read access to the Users group. Folders within the
    DFSRoot have NTFS and share permissions applied.

    Users are trying to access the shares via a TCP port.

    This is only happening on Vista machines. If I log onto a Server 2003 or XP
    box, everything works fine.
    Ryan, Jul 20, 2009
  6. Ryan

    DaveMills Guest

    I'm out of ideas now then.

    DaveMills, Jul 21, 2009
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