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Hello,
We have several hundred file servers, and each server has hundreds of file shares with user home directories. I have been tasked to implement DFS so users can access their home directories using a global namespace. I have installed the DFS role, created a global domain name space and now getting ready to add folders. I am at a loss as to how to set the folder structure so users can type in \\namespace\homedir and get to their home directory. As stated there are hundreds of servers and shares which host the home directories.

\\server1\home1\user1.....user50
\\server1\home2\user51......user100
\\server2\home1\user101......user149
\\server2\home2\user150.....user199
\\server3\home1\user200......

The only way I can see is to create a unique folder for each share with one target, however this does not seem like a a very feasible solution. Hoping someone has done this before and could guide me.

Appreciate any ideas or suggestions you may be able to provide.
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You can think of DFS as basically a corporate "DNS" shortcut to a folder or folders hosted on multiple servers.  For example, instead of navigating to \\server38472\LA\folder29374 you can create a shortcut that lets you type in \\CONTOSO\LA instead

The only way I can see something like this working for you is to create a folder under the name space with something like \\namespace\srv1home1 pointing to the \\server1\home1 folder, then you can use Active Directory to set their home drive to be \\namespace\srv1home1\%username%.  However, the srv1home1 will change for users above 50.

Since you have multiple servers and home folders, I don't see how you can have one DFS folder pointing to multiple folder targets.  If you do want \\namespace\homedir then yes you are basically creating a DFS folder for every single user.
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Thanks convergint,

I have made it as far as using typing \\domainname\root\username and getting to their home directory folder. So far I have mapped one folder target per share. Unfortunately, it seems like I will have to hundreds if not thousands of DFS folders and targets, which in my humble opinion is not very productive or helpful. ANother issue I have is that even though I have enabled access based enumeration both at the DFS namespace level and share level, when a user types in \\domainname\namespace\homedir, they see all other user folders alongwith their own. I thought that by enabling ABE, they would only see the folders belonging to them, or folders to which they have access.

Appreciate your reply to my query and your comments.
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Thanks Convergint,

Your comments verify my findings. Atleast now I know that  Iam not missing on a DFS feature I was not aware of.

Thanks again.
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I have never personally used ABE but I'm assuming you followed the MS article at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd759150.aspx?
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