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8.3 Path in DFS

Posted on 2007-11-15
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Hi,

we created a shortcut in a DFS Folder. If we follow this shortcut on a Windows 2000 machine, the target path is displayed in 8.3 format. From an XP machine it is displayed correctly.

We did not find any information regarding this error on the internet, so I hope some guru here might be aquainted to this behavior.
This is urgent because we mostly have Windows 2000 clients in our Office LAN.

Thanks in advance for your help,
Daniela
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If it doesn't affect the shortcut's behaviour then don't worry about it.

See this article for adding a reg key to turn this off:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826120
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I already know this KB-article but it doesnt describe what we experience. We have an entirely W2k3 DFS

The path looks different when being accessed from windows 2000 pro or from XP pro.

e.g.:
W2k users see
\\...\B-DAYP~1~\1 and \\...\B-DAYP~2\
whereas XP users see
\\..\B-Day Party_Christian\ and \\...\B-Day Party Helen\

So W2k users have to guess which is the folder for Helen and which one is for Christian, this is nothing we can live with.

I hope it is now more graspable what I need.
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You should still be able to add that reg key on the server to turn off short names.

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Hi Netman66,

thanks for your help. Unfortunately, we cannot turn off 8.3 names on the server because some Software neede 8.3. paths there.
However we found a workaround:

Edit the existing shortcut on a 2000 system and save it. No 8.3. names are shown anymore.

I would like to offer you 100 points for your time, is this OK  with you?

Daniela

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Sure, that's okay.

Glad you fixed it.

NM
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Closed, 300 points refunded.
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