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Tried to Implement DFS, then Removed DFS and now //Server/share is inacessable

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Hi,

I was playing around with DFS, created a Domain Root for Team (which is also the name of a share on one of our machines that links to G:\Team on that machine). Below that are some other folders, like Team Folders (also shared individually) that house the file shares for individuals. Now, after creating the root and then removing it (ie no more DFS), the Team share is completely unaccessible from clients, who receive the message:

\\Server\Team refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure the disk is properly inserted...yadayadayada

I have tried removing the Team share and rebooting the machine and then putting it back on, but clients still receive the message as if the share is not there. Other shares do not appear to be affected.

Is DFS somehow persistant? What's going on? How do I get my old share back?

Hope you can help...
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Here is some general information on DFS: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/dfsfaq.mspx

When you create a DFS root, your clients will access the root using \\domainname.com\dfsroot

In your case, you named the DFS root the same name as a share on the server.  \\domainname.com\team

Once your clients connect to \\domainname.com\team, they will see the share links that you create:

\\domainname.com\team\share1
\\domainname.com\team\share2
\\domainname.com\team\team ...etc

I think there may be a conflict with this name now...  Are you sure that you disabled DFS properly?  Here is a document that shows you how:  http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBJ/tip4900/rh4964.htm

I think you have two options:

1) verify that DFS is completely removed from AD and DNS
2) Change the name of the TEAM share to something like "TEAM DATA".

Also, just to be sure that this isn't a simple permissions issue, make sure that you verify that clients have appropriate permissions to access the TEAM share.

Another test would be this:

From the server

1) start --> RUN --> \\servername

This will show you that shares on the server.  Do you see the TEAM share?  Can you access it?

2) perform the same test from a client workstation

Thank you,

Joe Poandl MCSE

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