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Problem with DFS Name Space Using 2003R2

Posted on 2006-06-14
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I set up a replication group betwen the users folder on 2 servers \\SERVER01\users    and   \\SERVER02\users this works absolutely fine in realtime.    I have set up a namespace being \\domain.local\dfs\users   which obviously mapps in AD and on the namespace servers the locations of the 2 shares for this namespace and which one is the master.

The issue that we have is that when you copy a file to a name space share it does not appear till you press F5 or close the folder and go back to it.  Please see below for tests i conducted and history:

-Tests-

- Opened the  \\SERVER01\users  and  \\SERVER02\users  shares in 2 seperate windows and dragged a file into  \\SERVER01\users  which instantly replicated to the other share without having to press F5

- With these 2 windows still open I opened another window  \\domain.local\dfs\users   if i drag a file into this share it instantly appears in the \\SERVER01\users  and  \\SERVER02\users  windows but i have to press F5 in the namspace share window to make it appear which proves that the copy works well but the name space has problems returning the file list for that folder untill you refresh.


-History-

- This is release candidate server 2 which is meant to have a different DFS setup.

- I have un-installed the name space and reinstalled with different names.   ( i like to break fix break fix for education)

-  This did work initially then it kind of stopped working slowly untill now all the time we have this issue

- I have uninstalled and reinstalled the service

-Conclusion-

I think this is an issue with DFS and active directory, AD has DFS system keys in which control information about the name space share which i think is now messy as i have uninstalled and re-installed the name spaces.  This is obviously not a network / replication group isssue I think AD has beome messy and the DFS part of it needs to be cleaned / restored.

Can anyone help

Higgsy
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Have you tried a dcdiag and a netdiag /fix ?  Run those commands and see what you come up with.  Be careful with this type of problem, because it could be something very simple, and if you go crazy switching things you could get in more trouble.  Make sure you have a good back up, and document everything as you go along.  (Not intending to insult your intelligience, but it helps).  Try those two diagnostics and let us know how they came out.

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cheers JK no insult at all AD for me is great when it works but i need to learn more techniques of trouble shooting..

regards
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Also try view the connection links in Active Directory Users and Computers. Start Active Directory Users and Computer, on the View menu, make sure that Advanced Settings are selected. View the System container. Check the location of the Connection objects is in the System\File Replication Service\DFS Volumes folder.
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there is also a utility in the Support tools named dfsutil.exe that is for troublshooting DFS.  If you go to dfsutil.exe /help at a command prompt you will see the available options.  I do not currently use DFS, so I cannot accurately suggest what may be going on, however, I do know that when naming becomes corrupted it is sometimes a problem with residual metadata.  Within this utility there appeared to be an option to clean your name space.  That may prove useful.

JK
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cheers mate i will check all this tongiht...

Thanks ever so  much for your efforts.

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this is still outstanding i am going to put a call into microsoft
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