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Posted on 2011-03-10
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We have a AD 2003 network with file servers in 4 different locations, connected via T1 lines.  We have DFS implemented and have shared 3 different folders accross the four locations.  A present each user in the various locations has a S: drive mapped to a shared folder that is one of the folders replicated.  I do not fully understand DFS name spaces.  Can I utilzes namespaces to modify the drive maps so that all users have the same mapping information, but have the system automatically route to their local server?

Thanks to all who provide imput.
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Yes. DFS is domain based. \\domain\sharename
The DC/DFS configuration has a configuration option to direct the users to their local DFS server first.
Do you have 2003 R2 or newer for the DFS share servers?
Referal tabs is where you would configure the DFS to be limited to the local site.  
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Yes, all our domain controllers and member servers are at least 2003 R2.  When I go into the Distributed File System there is an entry \\domain\Shared.  I added a link to that servers dfs shared folder and called it Sdrive.  When I goto my run command and enter \\domain\shared I see a shortcut for the Sdrive. and can drill down into the files.  I checked it out the \\domain\shared is going to the specific server I linked Sdrive link to.  How do I get to goto the dfs share?
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You need to use the DFS managment interface. DFS is the older interface where the replication mechanism uses NTFRS.

You would use DFS management to setup replication for the servers that will have Sdrive shares.  You would then add the other server as a target for the Sdrive within the configuration.

I.e.
\\domain\Shared
Sdrive -> server1
Sdrive -> server2

When requests for \\domain\Shared\Sdrive arrive, the response will include two options where the system will pick one to use.  The policy on the DFS will determine which options will be presented.

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Arnold,

It works perfectly, Thanks.

Bobby
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