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I have created a stand alone DFS namespace on a Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise) - it is in a workgroup. When I try to browse to the DFS share from a computer on another subnet I get the error network path not found, but all other shares on the server are accessible. I have ports 135-139 and port 445 opened on the firewall. If I try to map a drive to the share (\\server\namespace) it prompts for credentials and maps properly, but the links then give the error "linkname is inaccessible - the network location could not be found".
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by:Justin Yeung
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did you use FQDN on the DFS path? it looks like it can't browse to it with just UNC path.
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I am using the IP to map the drive. Would I still need to use the FQDN?
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by:Justin Yeung
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since it is in workgroup you will have to input user name as

workgroupname\username on 2008server local user and group
and password can't be blank as the default local policy unless you disabled it.
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The same issue occurs when using the credentials as specified.
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by:Justin Yeung
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can you browse to the root of DFS by using the DFS server credential?

and are the shared foldesr below it under the same server? or redirected to a different shared location?

verify if you can browse to the shared location by the real unc path.

since you are in workgroup environment, you might need the actually account/password for the real server that you are accessing.
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It turns out that since DFS uses NetBios for resolution by default, I needed to add an entry in the LMHOST file on the clients to allow them to resolve since they were on different subnets. Also, after reading your post - I started thinking about authentication, and while I was using the proper credentials, I was only entering them when I mapped a drive. I discovered that we had a group policy enabled that was blocking the storage of credentials. Once that was disabled and the LMHOST file was modified, it worked like a charm. Thans for your help!
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