symbolic link not working via share ?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by tonyb61, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. tonyb61

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    I have a shared folder on a win2008 server, which has several folders and
    files which are read for domain users, and also a symbolic link to another
    folder on the same drive which has again read permission for domain users.
    However when I access the share and navigate down to the symbolic link and
    click on that folder I get various error messages.

    On a server 2003 and an xp machine I get "\\server2008\folder\link is not
    accessible......cannot find message number 0x in the message file for
    \\server2008\folder\link". I guess this is because xp/2003 does not
    understand symbolic links ? (which is a real drop off to using them).

    From a vista machine ( Note: I have allowed L2L/R2R/R2L/L2R) I get a
    different error. When I browse to the linked folder I get a message saying
    the folder accessed is not available.

    If I logon to the machine hosting the share with the same user credentials I
    can browse to the linked folder fine.

    tonyb61, Feb 26, 2010
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  2. Not being able to access an NTFS Symbolic Link using Vista could be due to
    Vista's UAC. Here's more info on NTFS Junction Points and NTFS Symbolic

    Quoted from: :
    "Windows Vista supports a new symbolic link capability that replaces
    junction points in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. They are designed to aid in
    migration and application compatibility with UNIX operating systems." [...]
    "However, the functionality enabling cross-host symbolic links requires that
    the remote system also support them, which effectively limits their support
    to Windows Vista and later Windows operating systems."

    Another possibility is the length of the Symbolic Link:

    You cannot access a symbolic link by running Client for NFS if the path
    length of the symbolic link is too long

    More info:

    NTFS symbolic link or symlink in windows vista and windows server 2008

    How to create or delete NTFS symbolic link or symlinks in windows vista?

    If you ask me, I think using DFS would be a lot easier.


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    Ace Fekay, MVP, MCT, MCITP EA, MCTS Windows 2008 & Exchange 2007, MCSE &
    MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
    Microsoft Certified Trainer
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    Ace Fekay [MVP-DS, MCT], Feb 28, 2010
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