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Have this issue where when I create a folder on our file server its not visible or accessible. If I do the inverse, create a folder on a mount its not visible on the server. Anyone have a good resource to read up on whats going on here?

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Shows dir not showing up in one of the ways to access content
Share and Storage Management consoleAlso why do some of the directories look like they should be shortcuts?
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So, this is DFS?  greco is your DFS root?  And... On the file server your captured, the DFS is stored in C:\Program Files\?

A little more information on your setup would be helpful....

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Thats what I am learning. Yeah it is DFS. Currently reading http://www.maxi-pedia.com/what+is+DFS.

See if I can explain a little better... having trouble cause learning this as I go. We have a server greco that is hosting our DFS (just learned through reading). If i access the Shared remotely and create a folder i can't see it when on the server. This is evident in the photo with the catherine directory migration.jpg.
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In this picture shows the directory i believe is being made available in the DFS. I created Catherine directory, would have thought it would have automatically shown up.
CATHERINE.JPG
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OK... So, because it is DFS, one may assume you have more than one server to which that DFS root is replicating.  I won't even get into how bad an idea it is to have that in Program Files.... That is another issue for you to address later.

First thing you need to do is wrap your mind around DFS:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732006.aspx

Now, DFS is managed slightly differently, depending on if your server(s) are R2 or not.  So, what version of 2008 are you running?

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BTW, is your name Catherine?  If so, I shall start addressing you thusly. :)
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No. I'm Justin trying to set something up for a Catherine :) We are using R2 Standard.
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This was set up by some one whom has gone on to other pastures.

Its a single server. All the items shared under the DFS Root are local to the box. Its our file server with many volumes. Think the intention was rather then having to know the volume you could just go to shared and all the items are presented.
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OK, well.... I am Justin, also... :)  Cheers.

Are you seeing any events in your Event Logs related to DFS?  It looks like you may be having replication issues.  Also, let's look at your DFS Management Console on your 2008 R2 server and see what it will show us.  There are also command line tools, but I am assuming you would prefer the GUI?

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That's what I get for posting before refreshing.  Obviously you won't have replication errors with only 1 server in the mix, but it begs to wonder why it was set up that way..... Regardless, we still need to see how it is configured to discover where it will place your newly created folders.

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Small world.

Under DFS Replication logs in the Event Viewer i only see Information level logs and the last one says successfully contacted the domain controller.

I see a filter for ServerRole>FileServer and it has this error:

Unable to create a shadow copy
   Either the specified volume was not found or it is not a local volume.  
   C:\Windows\system32\vssadmin.exe Create Shadow /AutoRetry=15 /For=\\?\Volume{df517b12-503a-4b31-9f68-bcccc43922a1}\
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Could you post the eventID number and source (and also in the future, as there are generally multiple things which can have the same error text)?

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<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
  <Provider Name="VSS" />
  <EventID Qualifiers="0">7001</EventID>
  <Level>2</Level>
  <Task>0</Task>
  <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
  <TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-04-26T16:00:09.000000000Z" />
  <EventRecordID>11408</EventRecordID>
  <Channel>Application</Channel>
  <Computer>Greco</Computer>
  <Security />
  </System>
- <EventData>
  <Data>Unable to create a shadow copy</Data>
  <Data>Either the specified volume was not found or it is not a local volume.</Data>
  <Data>C:\Windows\system32\vssadmin.exe Create Shadow /AutoRetry=15 /For=\\?\Volume{df517b12-503a-4b31-9f68-bcccc43922a1}\</Data>
  <Data />
  <Binary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inary>
  </EventData>
  </Event>
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It seem like your Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is causing errors.  This may or may not be related to the folder disappearance, though.  Are you familiar with VSSADMIN?  You can use it to list all shadow copies.  You can then match the output to your scheduled tasks which are creating them.  Theoretically, you should not see anything in scheduled tasks related to VSS which VSSADMIN doesn't show as existing.  Is that your case?

Since you inherited this system, please don't take this comment personally.  I know you didn't set it up this way. :)

Placing your DFS Root under a protected folder like Program Files is just the plain wrong thing to do.  It can cause all kinds of issues if not handled very, very carefully.  If I were to have to start managing this system, the first thing I would do is get it moved out of there completely.

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Not taking personally. I concur. Unfortunately being our global production file store not sure i can take the outage. I did get the catherine folder showing. i had to add it manually as a namespace in the dfs management. Its not dynamic i guess... adding it if i add the folder?
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No, root level stuff has to be added as namespace, correct.  The question is do you really want a Catherine folder at your root level?  Generally, the answer to that would be no.  There need not be an outage.  Add a new DFS namespace at the new hard drive location (not under Program Files).  Manually set up a folder structure which makes sense for your organization (department level roots are used by many), and move the data as appropriate.

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Priorities have pulled me in another direction, but the back and forth has definitely helped me to understand and point me in the right directions. Thanks!
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