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DFS namespace infinite loop

Posted on 2011-09-22
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Hi all,

I have set DFS between 3 servers and all files have been replicated. I disabled 2 server referrals to leave only the primary.

As soon as I disable the primary server and enable the secondary (which is my new server) after a couple of minutes users get into a loop when they access the network drive.

Example: testy\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\\IT\.

Can someone let me know why this happens and how can I sort it out?
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by:Steve Knight
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On first look it sounds like maybe one of the DFS links points back to the DFS namespace share, i.e. you have

\\domain.local\dfsname

and then links of

dir1
dir2

and, say, dir1 points to \\server\dfsname (or whatever the share name you are using for the namespace on that server?).

Steve
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by:casscar
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Yes Steve, that is my setup

I have testy\IT and my target refers to fileserver1\It and fileserver2\IT

How can i arrange my setup?
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Steve Knight earned 500 total points
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Then that is going to be the issue I guess.  You need to call the DFS namespace something different, or the shares, i.e.

\\domain.local\IT-DFS
which has links called
whatever -- \\fileserver1\it and \\fileserver2\it

or \\domain.local\it

which has links off to:
\\fileserver\it-new
\\fileserver2\it-new

Is either of the fileservers the namespace server too by any chance?

if not sure perhaps you could outline:

server1
server2
server3

Share name for dfs namespace
Wheither dfs links are to the namespace servers or others
sharenames for dfs links.
etc.

thanks

Steve
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by:casscar
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Yes one of the fie server is the name space server too, to you think if i just change the backup name space server from the file server to a new one this will solve the problem?
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by:Steve Knight
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if the share is called it and so is the namespace it will break like this so yes rename the namespace, the share, or move namespace to a different server.

If you think about it you access 'share' it to get to the root of the namespace.... Which takes you to a link called it which takes you to the same share....

At least that is what it sounds like'

i always make sure the namespace servers are seperate, or if not make sure the namespace name, link names and share for the dfs namespace don' clash at all.

Back in office shorlty if need any more clarification or paste a screen hot of your dfs config.

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Why only "Ok" feedback and a B grade?!
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