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DFS share not working as Active Directory profile path

Posted on 2010-11-08
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Hi All,

I have setup up DFS which replicates between 2 fileservers which works fine.

Practically everything is now redirected to the DFS network path now so that we have failover capabilities should we lose a server.

The only problem is that when I change the users profile path in Active Directory to reflect DFS it is completely ignored.  The users are logged on with temorary profiles - like the path cannot be seen.  Does anyone know why this would happen?

The path is \\adroot.AD.co.uk\AD_namespace\users\user1\profile which is basically a share called users that sits on Server A with a folder for each individual user inside it.

Thanks for any help.
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Can you access the patch manually from one of the user workstations ? i.e login as the user, start -> run -> \\ad............ does it load ?
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Yes I can - it works perfectly
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and the user has the appropriate rights to the actual share on the server ? and the folder where there profile is pointing at is either empty, or has a valid profile in.

Does this effect all users or just 1 ?
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The user does have the correct permissions to the share and their profile path.

It seems to be every user that its not working for.  If I enter a path directly to ther server i.e. \\ServerA\Users it works fine but not using the DFS path to the share.
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when you change the profile path, is it pointing at a blank share, or is there a profile already in the DFS share location ? if so, try a blank share and let windows create the profile.
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There is a profile in the directory already - which is picke up fine with a straight UNC path to the server but is ignored under DFS.
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I'm just wondering if the DFS replication is 100% synced, and has it synced all the system files etc, are the clients being referred to the server you know to work 100% or the other server ?

Have you tried direct connections to both the servers in the replication arrangement.
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As far as I can see replication is synced 100% and the prefferred server is the one hosting the profile.  This profile definitely works via a non-DFS UNC path so I don't think its that.  Is there any other reason why it shouldn't see this path.
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> As far as I can see replication is synced 100% and the prefferred server is the one hosting the profile

but you have two servers which are targets for this DFS item... are you 100% sure that the clients aren't being referred to the second server ? and is this 100% working, and been tested directly ?
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Yep 100% sure, they are definitely being referred to the primary server & this has all been tested.  If I map a drive to the path and right click then properties the primary server has a tick next to active server.
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what event log entries do you have on the clients when they fail to read their profile over DFS?
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I don't seem to get any profile related errors at all - it seems to be using the cached profile on the C: drive
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Well then it might be worth removing or renaming the cached profile and see what happens. A rename is probably better at this point to ensure no data is lost.
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