?
Solved

Identify DFS Servers

Posted on 2010-11-22
6
Medium Priority
?
733 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi there,

I was wondering if its possible to identify the server that the clients are connected. I got 3 file servers in differents locations using the DFS Namepace to get high availability of the files, but I would like to know, where the clients on site A are getting the files if the File Server of site A fails.

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:ney_santos
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Paul MacDonald
ID: 34190881
You could probably sniff the packets on the network and get an MAC address.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ney_santos
ID: 34190971
But is there a command line or some tool to get this information? Didnt want to use a sniffer to get this.

Thanks.
0
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Paul MacDonald
ID: 34191286
I'm not aware of a tool to do what you want.  The point of DFS is to be transparent, so...
0
Making Bulk Changes to Active Directory

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make mass changes to Active Directory from an external text file without using complicated scripts.

 

Author Comment

by:ney_santos
ID: 34191660
Ok... Do you know which port does DFS use?
0
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Paul MacDonald
ID: 34191748
Hmm. When a client wants to access something in a DFS share, the client obtains a referral to a partner in the share from Active Directory.  The client then accesses the share directly.  Since what you want is to know which server the client is accessing, your best bet is to sniff the traffic at the client.

Between DFS servers, I'd expect normal RPC traffic for both coordination and sychronization.  More information here:
   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773238(WS.10).aspx
and here:
   http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/IDS/Q_22746536.html
0
 
LVL 42

Accepted Solution

by:
kevinhsieh earned 1000 total points
ID: 34192149
You can look at the Shred Folders on each server to see which clients are conencted to the shares. (Computer Management, Shared Folders, Open files). From the client, you can right click on a folder, go to Properties, DFS tab, and it will show you the available DFS targets and which one is the active connection.
0

Featured Post

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Sometimes drives fill up and we don't know why.  If you don't understand the best way to use the tools available, you may end up being stumped as to why your drive says it's not full when you have no space left!  Here's how you can find out...
A procedure for exporting installed hotfix details of remote computers using powershell
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to install and configure the Windows Server Backup Utility. Directly connect an external storage device such as a USB drive, or CD\DVD burner: If the device is a USB drive, ensure i…

580 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question