Running DFS and typical share folders in the same environment?

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Dan, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Hi, we have several shared folders in a server which I will setup DFS without
    replication. Reason for not replicating is that we only have one server in
    an office and no branch offices. We also have other shared folders on this
    same server which I don't want to use DFS with. That means, if a user wants
    to map to this DFS share folders, he/she can just map using
    \\domain\sharefolder and to map to the non-DFS folder, he/she will just use
    \\server\sharefolder instead. Can this be done and not mess up DFS?
     
    Dan, Apr 20, 2006
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  2. This should work fine.
     
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Apr 20, 2006
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  3. Dan

    Dan Guest

    This typical share folders are for users and there are 3 of them. When we
    are ready for these typical folders to be shared in DFS, can I just set them
    up using DFS management?
     
    Dan, Apr 20, 2006
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  4. You bet. You would just add a new folder to the namespace (using the great
    new DFS Management snap-in in R2) and then add the shared folder as a
    target. When the user accesses the namespace and attempts to open that
    folder, the client will receive a referral pointing to the shared folder
    target.

    If you're interested in the nitty gritty details of DFS, I suggest reading
    the "How DFS Works" section of the DFS Technical Reference on
    www.microsoft.com/dfs.

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Apr 20, 2006
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  5. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Great! Thks Jill. I will check out this link you gave me.
     
    Dan, Apr 20, 2006
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  6. Dan

    Dan Guest

    One more thing Jill. This member server hosting the DFS namespace will be
    renamed. Is that a problem?
     
    Dan, Apr 20, 2006
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  7. Hmm, I'm not sure what will happen if you rename the server. What is the
    sequence of events you're planning?

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Apr 21, 2006
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  8. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Right now, this Win2K3 server is just goning to be a member server. It will
    serve DFS, Exchange 2003 Server and our Enterprise antivirus software in the
    near future.
    I'm planning on creating 3 folders for the users to share using DFS because
    our other server with these 3 shared folders are running out of disk space.
    If I can move those 3 folders over for users to share now, that would be
    great. Once the other server retires, I need to change this server name back
    to the old server name.
     
    Dan, Apr 21, 2006
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  9. Renaming a root server is not supported i.e. it will fail - KB279067.

    You will want to simply remove it from DFS gracefully after making sure you
    have at least 1 (and prefferably 2 or more) other DFS root targets, do what
    you need, then add it back in when all is done.
     
    Ned Pyle \(MSFT\), Apr 22, 2006
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  10. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Thank you very much.

    My project is getting smoother now. I've also found "robocopy" from the
    Windows 2003 Resource kit to copy files over from another server to this one
    with permissions still intact. Great utility! However, I read at
    WindowsNetworking website an article by Mitch Tulloch about creating
    namespace using DFS management. He indicated that to access namespace
    server, client must be running WinXP SP2 at least. Does that mean I can't
    have my Win2000 SP4 clients accessing the namespaces?
     
    Dan, Apr 28, 2006
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  11. That's not true--Windows 2000 clients can access namespaces.

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Apr 28, 2006
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  12. Yah - even Windows 98 can access domain-based once you add the Directory
    Service client. :)
     
    Ned Pyle \(MSFT\), May 2, 2006
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