Need Help with DFS Replication (DFS-R) & namespace management

Posted on 2011-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi EE community. Recently I posted a question about getting a new Win2k8 namespace server added to an existing DFS namespace. This has been accomplished, however, I need some help with the DFS replication part.

I implemented a Windows Storage Server box, went into DFS mgmt, and added a namespace entry for a rarely used share on our network. I will refer to the Windows Storage Server as ServerB, ServerA is a Windows 2008 R2 machine holding file shares, also w/ DFS setup.

When i go into DFS mgmt tool on ServerA, highlight my test share, click on Namespace servers tab, I can see both locations on ServerA and ServerB. Both have "Enabled" established as Referral Status. When I browse the share for each respective server path, i see the content

When I go into DFS mgmt tool on ServerB, highlight my test share, click on Namespace servers tab, I can see both locations on ServerA and ServerB; there is no Referral Status column though. When I browse the share for each respective server path, I dont see any content on ServerA or ServerB

on ServerA, when I go to Start > Run field, and enter the DFS namespace for the share, it comes up blank. When i use the UNC syntax \\serverA\sharename, the data is there. When i use the UNC syntax \\serverB\sharename , the data is there. When i check the local volume where this folder is stored, on ServerA, the data and the directories are there.

on ServerB, when I go to Start > Run field, and enter the DFS namespace for the share, it comes up with the data. When i use the UNC syntax \\serverB\sharename , the data is not there. When i use the UNC syntax \\serverA\sharename , the data is not there either.

when I try this from a WinXp workstation, the DFS namespace works, when I try UNC \\ServerA\sharename, no data seen. When I try UNC \\ServerB\sharename, the data is there.

I'm pretty sure I screwed something up with DFS replication setup, but I followed the Technet article as closely as possible.

Under the DFS replication group on ServerB, I didnt have the shared Enabled under Membership Status, I've set this to be Enabled now.  Under the Replicated Folders tab the publication status is not set to published. I right click and select "Share and Publish in Namespace" which brings up the wizard. I use the default selection and choose "Share and Publish the replicated folder in a namespace". On the next screen, it shows the members, ServerA, and ServerB. For ServerB, it states, "shared folder needed". The folder exists on the volume, as I manually created it.  When I click on edit share, it brings up box, stating:

- Local Path of Replicated folder:
Volume:\share name
- Use the following Shared folder:
New is selected by default, and existing is greyed out. when I go type in the name of the share, and it says its in use. I open the volume on ServerB, and there's all the replicated data there. So do I need to share it?

Now when I go back to ServerA, use the DFS namespace, the data is there, when i try UNC syntax for \\ServerA\share or \\ServerB\share, there's no data.

When I go back to the WinXP workstation, the DFS namespace has the data, but also same symptoms when accessing \\ServerA\share or \\ServerB\share, no data

OK, im super confused. can anyone please help?
Question by:kapshure
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    Make sure you don't have shared folders with the same name. Perhaps when you do UNC path for specific shared folder it is looking into the same name shared folder but empty.

    My advise is delete all your shared folders then start again from Server A in particular. From experienced with DFS, I manually create the shared folders with the same NTFS permission from two servers that will be reflecting....don't use the DFS to create and shared folders although the facility is available....manually enabled the shared folders is the best I found to work so far.
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    Expert Comment

    Let me correct my first two shared folders with the same name in the same server. It is ok from another server because that's where you replicate your data using DFS.

    Author Comment


    OK, let me give that a try.

    Author Comment

    @mcse2007, so you're saying disable all the main shares on ServerA, an d start building DFS topology again? Right now, I want to get this 1 test share up and replicated to ServerB, I thought from my reading that both servers will have the same content and i should be able to see the same content via UNC to either ServerA or ServerB.
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    When you initially created your "Shared" in DFS, there is another tab where it says enable on the link and it will take you to the wizard for site replication.

    Make sure you shared folders in Server A, are unique and no duplication. Then, go into Server B, create the same 'shared' folder structure, with the same NTFS permission, that's it....also make sure DFS role is installed in Server B.

    From Server A, use DFS to manage your share folders. There is a link from the second TAB, where it says that link then follow the prompts..Sorry I don't have access to my server since i'm on vacation...hehehe.

    DFS has to features, the first part on the left hand side is to manage your shared folders, the bottom part is where the replications will appear after they are configured...don't setup your replication it won't work, well that's what I've experienced so far. Once you set up your replication from the "manage your share folders, the replication will appear on the below part of DFS...that is the bottom part on the left hand side.

    Author Closing Comment

    Closing this out, I'll have to revisit this another time. Thanks for your help man.

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