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Hello All,
I am having more DFS trouble. I just can't seem to wrap my head around it. My supervisor has asked me to see if there was a way to show different companies Data folders within each DFS root link. For example:

\\Domain\Company AShared(name of folder which is on a DC)
               \Company A (link to main data folder)
                   \Company B(this link will be located under link above ?)

Now we can map a drive to Company A's link and we should see all folders within the min data folder as well as a folder called Company B which is a link to all of Company B's folders.

Is this possible? Am I making any sense whatsoever?
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by:aissim
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Not 100% sure of the layout you're looking for....but it sounds like you need to make use of both Folder Targets, and Folders, to organize your DFS root.

Within DFS - Folder Targets are the virtual folders that map to real shares elsewhere on the network. Whereas Folders don't map to anything, they're just a way to better organize the way your DFS namespace is presented to the end user.

So I'm guesing 'Company A' would be a Folder Target that points to \\someserver\main_data_share....underneath the Company A Folder Target you'd create just a Folder named 'Company B' (this points nowhere basically)....then underneath that Folder, you could create multiple Folder Targets that point to the actual shares that company B needs to see?

Let me know if I'm way off base....

here's a good set of articles - this specific link is for Configuring DFS Namespaces, but at the beginning of the article you'll see links for 3 other DFS articles the same author has written about implementation, replication, etc.:
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Configuring-DFS-Namespaces.html
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by:Damon Rodriguez
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I apologize for not getting back to this question sooner. I tried creating an empty folder under the folder target but there is no selection for it? Is it because I'm using standard edition?
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No - standard edition is fine. I guess the apologies are mine...I just went to my DFS Management to verify what I'd written....and to my surprise you cannot nest a Folder beneath a Folder Target. (sorry if I caused any gray hair)

Soooo - the best two options I can come up with are:

1 - Have CompanyA and CompanyB Folder Targets at the same level, and just map the drive one level up. So the mapping would be \\Domain\DFSRoot\CompanyData (or however)....under that you would see CompanyA & CompanyB folders....and I realize this isn't really what you set out to do.

2 - Simply create a shortcut under CompanyA folders (not in DFS, just in the regular file system) that points to CompanyB's folders....you could still use the DFS Replication to manage/protect CompanyB's folders, but just don't publish them in DFS....so the only place they're visible is via the shorcut made under CompanyA folders.

Again, my apologies - neither are a very solid solution. You can create as many folders (top-down) as you'd like to create a folder structure, but once a folder target is created then no more Folders may be created underneath......I'll rack my brain for a solution I'm just not seeing right now.
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by:Damon Rodriguez
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Understood. I did think i was going a bit crazy at first but I'm glad to know it just maybe a limitation of DFS and not me. Thanks for your help so far aissim.
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by:Damon Rodriguez
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I guess there is no way for me to do what I had wanted to do so
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