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Drive mapping issues with DFS

Posted on 2013-01-24
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Currently having an issue where users are being mapped to locations other than specified in a login script.

We have a DFS namespace setup, however we've elected to map users to specific locations using a login script. So, instead of \\DFSNamespace\share we would map to \\servername\share. What we've noticed is that instead of being mapped to the location specified, some users will be mapped to the other referral server that has a copy of the shared folder... as if DFS was deciding which referral server was the best to use. I'm not sure what is causing this.

Why would a specific mapping statement be overidden be DFS and how can this be fixed?
We're using a mix of Windows 2008 server SP2 and Windows 2008 R2.
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by:mcsween
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What's the benefit of DFS if you are just going to map users directly to the shares anyway?  That kind of defeats the purpose.

When mapping a drive always use the FQDN of the server or domain namespace to ensure you are using DNS to resolve the name.  Make sure you are using the FQDN in your referrals too.

\\servername.domainname.local\Share
\\domainname.local\DFSShare
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by:PaulADavis
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as a solution we removed that specific namespace... issue resolved.

Was hoping to find out why DFS would override a specific mapping and use referrals instead.
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compdigit44 earned 1000 total points
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Well if DFS what setup to use Active Directory. All users will connect to the comman DFSnamespace but in the backend will direct the users request to the closes first server and share replica using AD Sites-n-Services.


Also here is a great article you should read: http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2006/04/13/425169.aspx
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by:PaulADavis
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thanks compdigit44... one of those reasons in the article is probably at play...
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