SBS 2008 DFS share blank for Vista/7 clients

Posted on 2010-11-28
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
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?
Question by:snowdog_2112
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ID: 34227489
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
ID: 34227505
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.

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snowdog_2112 earned 0 total points
ID: 34279962
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
ID: 34279981
Glad you got it working.
Making the share from the console should have fixed the issue.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34399217
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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