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Posted on 2011-04-19
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I have 2 Windows 2003 DC's with AD (S1 and S2) running DFS replicating between S1 and S2 with S2 as the Namespace server. When I bring down S2 nobody can access the Namespace share. Do I need to host the Namespace server on a seperate machine for failover to operate?
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by:Michael Pfister
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Don't remeber how it worked under 2003, but can't you just add the other DC as a 2nd name space server? It must be a dmain-based namespace though...


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You can add another namespace server but the share name has to be uniqe so the original share is  \\nycompany.local\dfs (on server S1 namespace server) the new namespace on S2 would have to be \\nycompany\dfs2 this presents an issue for all domain user accounts when they login they download the logon script to map the needed drives. In the script i have it set as follows

net use s: /d
net use s: \\nycompany.local\DFS\shared /persistent:yes

how would the machine now to resolve to the other namespace share when S1 namespace server goes down? Is ther a variable I can add to the script?
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Michael Pfister earned 2000 total points
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No, not a new name space. Just add another namespace server to the existing name space.

See http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Configuring-DFS-Namespaces.html

Not sure if this changed from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2003 R2...
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by:Craig Beck
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Make sure S2 isn't the only DNS server.  If you take down S2 and it is the only DNS server none of your clients will be able to see mycompany.local

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