Moving a DFS target folder

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I currently have DFS running on three servers. Users access the shares using \\myinternaldomainname\shares and DFS automatically points them to the closest server. I have three servers, and the shares look like this:
1. Server1 is d:\shares
2. Server2 is c:\shares
3. Server3 is d:\shares

I need to d:\shares on server1 to E:\shares on that same machine. How do I do this and make sure replication continues to work?

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if they are all on the same site (or even remote and you can stand the replication time) easiest way would be remove the existing share on that server and just re-add it under the new volume. dfs rep will take care of populating it.

Another option would be to make a copy (data and permissions et al) on your new drive, change the share location on the local machine in the registry under lanman and restart dfs on that server. Since it's still pointing to the same dfs and local share location it should be fine.... although personally, just because it tidier and less hacking, I'd go with a remove and replicate...

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Thanks. There are many GB of data in the folder already. Which option will not require re-replication?
The second one.... although you will still have to do a manual copy and BE VERY CAREFUL when you reassign the share otherwise if you get it wrong DFS may dump all the data out to NTFS Pre Existing....

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