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Setting Preferred DFS Replica in 2003 SP1.

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Hi all,
   I have 2 servers in the same subnet and same site. One of them is SBS 2003 and the other is 2003 R2 Standard. I was hoping to get the new DFRS in 2003 R2 release but i realized that it is not going to happen..

Ok coming to the problem. My DFS replication and everything works fine without any problems. But most of the clients constantly use the server that is supposed to be my DFS backup replica. I want to force the clients to prefer server 2 always unless server2 is unavailable.

I know this setting is a breeze in new DFRS in 2003 R2 but since Microsoft is not going to add this feature in SBS 2003, i'm forced to use old DFS. So how can i do this in Server 2003 SP1 DFS ????

Vinod.
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Hi Vinod,

If you go into DFS Management under the Namespaces node,
Right-click the namespace and select Properties.
On the Referrals tab you can select the ordering method.

The ordering method you need to use is "Exclude targets outside of the client's site".
You then need to set the priority of each target - your preferred server should be "First among all targets".

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by:mvvinod
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Netman66,
   I dont have DFS management. My DFS is hosted in Windows 2003 SBS SP1. It has only DFS under Administration tools. Maybe you are talking about a R2 feature.
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Hi Vinod,

Can you find the same under Distributed File System in Administrative Tools?

According to MS, this should be possible with 2003 SP1 as well as R2.

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You may need to apply this to the server and XP workstations to get it to work in a non-R2 environment.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=898900

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Sounds great.. I will try that and let you know...

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I installed the patch on my 2 servers. Do i need to install the XP patch on all XP machines?????

If so , is there a .msi file available for me to automate this using group policy??

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If you run the EXE with the /x switch does it extract?  If so, there may be an msi in there.

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by:mvvinod
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It does not work. When i type that, it gives me acceptable parameters and i find the following under setup

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/passive        - Unattended mode (progress bar only)

If i have to use one of this option in .bat script, should i assign it to computer or user startup???

Is there a different method..

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You can run it in a startup script so it executes with machine credentials.

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I'm probably going to wait for a couple of days monitoring how many clients use which server. Then decide whether i need to deploy this patch to my clients or not. My feeling tells me this patch is probably not required on clients also...

But anyway thank you so much for your help!!!!!

Vinod.
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