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SBS 2008 DFS share blank for Vista/7 clients

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SBS 2008 installation
DFS namespace hosted by SBS08 server - no other replications

Server: sbs08.mydomain.local
namespace: \\mydomain.local\myShare

Vista/7 clients can browse to the DFS namespace (i.e., \\mydomain.local\myShare), but it is empty.  those same clients can browse to \\sbs08.mydomain.local\myShare and see the contents of the DFS namespace.

Any clues?
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Question by:snowdog_2112
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by:snowdog_2112
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More info - XP clients and another Server 2008 member server can access the DFS namespace just fine.  It seems to be limited to Vista/7 Clients joined to the domain.
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Did you make th shares with the SBS console? (Including DFS settings)
Did you join the Vista / 7 workstations with http://connect wizard ? (It will add the correct DNS suffix to the workstation)
Hope that helps.
Olaf
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snowdog_2112 earned 0 total points
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I think the problem is that the DFS namespace is a Windows 2000 compatible namespace.

I created a new namespace as a 2008 namespace and added one of the same folders, and it is working.
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Glad you got it working.
Making the share from the console should have fixed the issue.
Olaf
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by:snowdog_2112
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I did find one method that claimed to "fix" the existing namespace, but in the end it is faster and easier to create a new 2008 DFS and simply re-add the folders (I only had 5 or 6 folders, not 1,000's).
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