DFS and Sync issue on User Accounts in Active Directory

Hi All

I have 2 Windows 2003 Servers, both configured exactly the same, server1 and server2, they both have the same shared folders configured with DFS and I have configured links to these folders in Active Directory for failover eg  \\localhostname.local\\sharedfolder.
sharedfolder exists on both server1 and server2

I have configured Users desktops and My Doccumnets to redirect to the network in Active Directory and Group Policy eg

\\localhostname.local\userfiles\%username%\

but I keep having the problem on each users desktop with the servers going ofline and then saying they need to re-sync back onto the server, some users lose their files completly when this happens until they sync back up

Please can anyone help as to why this happens and how to resolve it

Thanks

Jon
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Abhay PujariCommented:
Few questions from my side
1) Is DFS service set to start automatically?
2) Have you set permissions correctly for DFS share?
3) Did you test it well before implementing?
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Jon CAuthor Commented:
Hi

Thanks for your reply

Yes DFS is set to start automatically
The permissions are set correctly and users have no issues with reading / writing to the share
It was on test for about 2 months before implementing

The issue is that each users PC keeps losing connection to the server, but within a few mins the PC wants to Sync the Desktop and Doccuments back up with the server

Thanks

Jon
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Abhay PujariCommented:
Ok. When this happens, can you access the server? Is there anything like antivirus or firewall or updates doing this?
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Jon CAuthor Commented:
Hi

When this happens total access to the server from that PC is lost, as though the server is offline, but it isnt, and a user cant access any files on the server until it lets the user re-sync after say 5 mins

Thanks
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Abhay PujariCommented:
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Jon CAuthor Commented:
I have since found that when using the following set up in DFS / Namespaces

\\localhostname.local\userfiles\%username%\

instead of

\\servername\userfiles\%username%\

I get the need to sync errors and it loses connection

I have changed the settings in group policy to point to

\\servername\userfiles\%username%\

and I am now getting no problems and no sync issues

I know this isnt the best solution, as the following should work

\\localhostname.local\userfiles\%username%\

I presume it must be a DNS or Namespaces issue
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Abhay PujariCommented:
Thanks for updates. Glad to hear that you figured it out.
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