Namespace DFS on a DC

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Jim, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    I know it is recommended to use your Domain Controllers as the Namespace

    My Company is implementing DFS soon. We estimate we will grow to 1000
    targeted folders under multiple Namespace Roots.

    I have read that there might be extended Boot up times for the Domain
    Controllers as the Namespace is checked during the boot up process.

    Has anyone expericenced negative effects to using the Domain controllers as
    a Namespace server? Does Microsoft have some know issues with DCs as a
    Jim, Mar 18, 2010
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  2. Jim

    DaveMills Guest

    I don't recall ever seeing such a recommendation but it does publish the DFS
    root to the browser list.
    DaveMills, Mar 19, 2010
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  3. Jim

    Dave Warren Guest

    In message <> DaveMills
    Isn't this basically a requirement to avoid having a single point of
    failure in the DFS root unless you run Enterprise across the board and
    make use of clustering?

    In other words, unless you use DCs, users need to guess which DFS root
    is both local to them (and up right now) in order to access any other
    resources under the DFS shares.

    I might be wrong about that, when we rolled out DFS we didn't have
    enough servers to have any other options and it would take a lot to
    overcome inertia.
    Dave Warren, Mar 23, 2010
  4. Jim

    DaveMills Guest

    No you only need multiple DCs and multiple DFS Root servers but see my comments
    below too.
    According the "How DFS Works"

    having the DFS service installed on a DC is now part of the "optimal

    I think this has changed since I first read this document. Clearly from "How DFS
    works" you do not have to have the DFS service on all DCs but maybe it helps to
    do so. The client will get the root referral to the DC instead of a DFSRoot
    server. This could be less demanding on the client as it already has a
    connection to the DC. It may also help resolve the long delays that occurs when
    a DFS Root server goes down.

    I will have to review my configuration and look into adding the DFS Server role
    to the DCs.
    DaveMills, Mar 24, 2010
  5. Jim

    Dave Warren Guest

    In message <> DaveMills
    By putting DFS roots on DCs, all users across the entire organization
    can use \\company.example\dfsroot as a starting point regardless of
    their location and they get an appropriately local DC when possible.

    If the DFS roots aren't on DCs then users will have varying
    \\\dfsroot starting points, and if a user
    moves from one site to another or a server goes down (or whatever)
    they'll need to manually use a new "servername" portion.

    Is there a way to get a similar \\company.example\dfsroot type
    experience for users across multiple sites without putting dfsroots on
    Dave Warren, Mar 28, 2010
  6. Jim

    DaveMills Guest

    Not exactly true. I have a single site but even though the DFSRoot is not on any
    DC I can use \\domain\dfsroot or \\\dfsroot. I cannot browse \\domain
    and then find DFSRoot though which would be an advantage of using the DC as the
    DaveMills, Mar 29, 2010
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