Wrong/Extra Shares In DFS

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Jon, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Hey guys. We are getting ready to put a SAN into prodution and plan to use
    DFS with it. Being that I'm very much new to DFS I went ahead and installed
    it on a file server (2003 R2) to do some testing/learning prior to
    production. Everything is working great if you do \\DomainName\Share. The
    thing I don't understand (I'm sure this is my fault somewhere down the line).
    If you just use \\DomainName with no share, I assumed you would just get the
    usual folders (net logon, sysvol, etc). And that is the case on some
    machines, but on others you'll get a list of shares from various, random
    places. I hit \\DomainName from one client and got a list of shares on a
    webserver? What is going on here? I figured these shares were published in AD
    or something, but that isn't the case.

    Thanks for your time!
    Jon, Aug 10, 2007
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  2. You are just seeing the shares hosted on a DC of your domain.

    Currently, \\domainname isn't special to the shell/explorer when it tries to
    show the shares of what it believes will always be just some \\servername
    (try it). Since your AD domain is publishing the IP addresses of all of its
    DCs into DNS under the record for its domain name, this winds up hitting one
    of them.

    This is something we are considering supporting in a more natural way in a
    future release.

    An internal example for the Windows Group domain:

    Server: red-dns-05.redmond.corp.microsoft.com

    Non-authoritative answer:
    Name: ntdev.corp.microsoft.com
    Dan Lovinger [MSFT], Aug 10, 2007
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  3. Jon

    Jon Guest

    I just wanted to say thank you for your help. I got it figured out with the
    help of your post.
    Thanks again
    Jon, Aug 14, 2007
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