I have 3 servers I have DC01, DC02, EX01. EX01 is an exchange server thats also a file server.
I have enabled DFS with the hope of bringing online replication partners with EX01 at a later point,
DC01 is where the Name space was created. so I have a name space of \\domain.local\DFS
I have DC02 as a secondary name space.
so we have 2 name space servers with referals enabled and the paths \\dc01\DFS and \\DC02\DFS respectfully
how ever I have only one server with the shares set up so there is no replication going on.
the name space has 6 shares.
every thing works fine for a few days. then the shares disapear from the name space.
if i log into DC01 and DC02 the DFS manager says the name space is fine and I can navigate to \\domain.local\DFS and i can see the shares fine.
if I go to any other domain member on the network you can see the name space of \\domain.local\DFS but it shows no shares available and no one can get to there files .
most of the time I can only get DFS to recover if I restart the DFS namespace server service on the domain controller that I orginally created the name space on.
it does not matter what I do with DC02 untill I restart DC01 the name space does not recover.
this happens now 2-3 times in a 10 day period.
the domain is set to "domain based windows 2000 mode" and I have nothing but 2008 R2 Standard servers. there are a few XP domain members left but 95% of the network is windows 7.
All the servers and work stations use the same NTP server for time so they are all rock solid on there times being correct to the second .
I am not seeing any thing in the event log thats giving me any clue as to why the DFS stops advertising the shares.
lastly, all the workstations use DC01 and DC02 for DNS. and I am not running WINS.
does any one have any ideas?