DFS default target server within one site
Posted on 2013-10-23
I have a DFS setup between two Windows Server 2008 R2 servers in the same site. Everything is running smoothly except for one issue...
DFS randomly selects which of the 2 servers is used as a target by each client PC as both servers are in the same site. Now if a document is simultaneously opened by two users, one of them using the FS1 path as the target and the other user using the FS2 path, there is no read-only lockdown message from DFS stating that the file has already been opened by another user. This means that they can both edit the document simultaneously, so one of the users' changes are lost. Also, I cannot simply retrieve the dumped document version from the ConflictandDeleted folder as it either doesn't appear or the changes aren't all there (plus it doesn't make sense to have to manually retrieve a file every time this happens).
I've decided to point certain users to FS1 by default, and to only use FS2 if the first server is unreachable. That way they will use the same target path by default and receive the lockdown message. I know this may be possible from the "Properties" > "Advanced" setting in the namespace, but this setting applies to ALL users. I only want this setup to work for a specific OU or two. Is there anyway to set this up for a specific OU only?