DFS Not Listed in Add/Remove Windows Components in Windows Server 2003

Posted on 2008-10-06
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We have a Windows 2003 Server SP2 that has DFS enabled, and we want to disable it.  Unfortunately in add/remove programs under add/remove Windows Components the Distributed File System is not listed, so of course it can't be unchecked.  

This server is currently a domain controller running DNS.  It was upgraded from Windows Server 2000.  DFS was enabled on it after the upgrade.  Unfortunately the person who enabled DFS is no longer "available".

Assistance as to how to disable DFS in this situation would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance!
Question by:djhunt01
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Expert Comment

ID: 22653776
Have you tryed this?

There is a stand-alone and a AD section:

Removing Dfs
Windows 2000based servers and domain controllers store Dfs configuration information in the registry and Active Directory. In some situations, it might be useful to return to a known state. To do this, you must delete Dfs configuration data in the registry and Active Directory.


Do not use a registry editor to edit the registry directly unless you have no alternate. The registry editors bypass the standard safeguards provided by administrative tools. These safeguards prevent you from entering conflicting settings that might degrade performance or damage your system. Editing the registry directly can have serious, unexpected consequences that can prevent the system from starting and require that you reinstall Windows 2000. To configure or customize Windows 2000, use the programs in Control Panel or Microsoft Management Console (MMC) whenever possible.

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Stand-alone Dfs Configuration
If a stand-alone Dfs root configuration is damaged and you are unable to stop hosting a Dfs namespace using the Dfs administrator tool, you can delete the Dfs configuration on this computer with the following procedure:

To remove a stand-alone Dfs root

 On the Start menu, click Run .
 Type cmd and then type net stop dfs .
 Start a registry editor (either Regedit.exe or Regedt32.exe). (For more information about these editors, see Windows 2000 Server Help.)
 In Regedit or Regedt32, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft.
 Delete the DFSHost subkey. (The subkeys it contains are also deleted.)
 Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DFSDriver\LocalVolumes. Delete any subkey in the LocalVolumes subkey. Do not delete the LocalVolumes subkey.
 Close the registry editor, and use Computer Management to restart the Dfs service.

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Domain-based Dfs Configuration
If a domain-based Dfs root configuration is damaged and you are unable to stop hosting a Dfs namespace by using the Dfs administrative tool, you can delete the Dfs configuration on this computer and from Active Directory by using the following procedure:

To remove a domain-based Dfs root

 Perform the steps listed in the preceding procedure ("To remove a stand-alone Dfs root") without restarting Dfs.
 In the Active Directory Users and Computers console, on the View menu, click Advanced Features .
 Under the System folder, open the Dfs-configuration container.
 Delete the Dfs root in the right pane.
 Restart Dfs by using the Dfs administrative tool.

Configuration changes are immediately effective for the computer on which the changes are made. For another computer in the domain, you must wait for replication to occur to see the changes or force replication by restarting the other computer.

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Expert Comment

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DFS is a subitem of the fileserver role, I believe. Uninstall it via server manager.

Author Comment

ID: 22661079
Hi!  Thank you for the input!

I can configure DFS, but not remove it, so I think a solution that allows me to Uninstall it would be best.  Unfortunately I don't see DFS listed in Server Manager either, yet I know it is enabled because I can configure it.

Any additonal help would be welcome.

Thank you!

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McKnife earned 2000 total points
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Oops, I read your initial posting again...your server is a DC, it needs DFS for replicytion, DFS cannot be uninstalled on a DC, I think. So you should remove the DFS namespace, that's all. That can be found in administrative tools - DFS management.

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ID: 31503577
Thank you!  That explains things.

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