DFS Namespace not working properly

Posted on 2011-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hey guys,

I have a couple of namespaces.Some of them are 2008 mode and some of them are in 2000 mode. We are all running domain and forest level R2. When I type from computers or servers \\\namespace\folder it works .
 When I type \\\ I do get only NETLOGON and SYSVOL share. Why the namespace don't show ?
Also I should be able to access by netbios as well not necessary by FQDN. So I tried \\netbios\namespace\ and it works. But when i just do \\netbios\ without the namespace it doesnt work.

Any ideas ?


Any ideas guys where should I start troubleshooting this ? DNS issue ?


Thanks a lot.
Question by:tog2012
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    Expert Comment

    I think that's default behavior.  The namespaces act like they're hidden.
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    Accepted Solution

    You get that because if you don't specify the DFS namespace, you connect to any domain controller, not necessarily a domain contoller that hosts the namespace. If you connect to \\dfsnamespaceserver you will see the namespace as one of the shares. A namespace is not hidden unless you put $ at the end of the namespace name. If you want to be able to browse to the namespace by just entering the domain name, host the namespace on EVERY domain controller in the domain.

    Author Comment

    that`s very interesting. I`ll try that kevin and see if it works. So on DC I should install DFS and make sure the namespace is hold on that DC as well . Right now my namespace are hold by file servers.

    Author Comment

    you are right kevin. Thanks a lot It works now.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks a lot

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