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Removing files from a DFS namespace

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I have a DFS setup on our network with folders that have been added the correct way.  Some people have created some shortcuts and saved some files directly to the the root folder of the DFS instead of to the folders that are linked to this.  Is there anyway to delete these without redoing the namespace under a different name?
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by:Mahesh
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Can you post snapshots where exactly user has placed files \ shortcuts ?

By deleting just shortcuts actual data never gets deleted or name space as well

Are you talking about targets ?

I am not getting clarity how come DFS name space get created by user created shortcuts  ?

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The namespace was created with the folders we wanted in it.  We then mapped this DFS folder as a drive on the computers of the employees who need to access it.  

They saved their files to that mapped drive folder instead of the interior folders.  When I open the folder that is mapped to my computer, I cannot delete the files that should not be there.

I suspect I am going to have to find the DFS folder on the server and try to delete from there, but I was hoping for a quicker way of doing this.
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OK

For ex: \\domain.com\yournamespace
under this you have several folder, correct ?
Now where user stored files ? under \\domain.com\yournamespace instead of underlying folders ?

You mean to say user has created files under above path directly ?

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It seems to have NTFS permissions issue.

You can go to compmgmt.msc to view permissions for all shared folders related to DFS root such as C:\DFSRoot\DFSNameSpace and check if there are full control \ Modify permissions set for standard users \ everyone, if that's the case you need to remove excess permissions

I have tested in my lab setup and I can't add folder \ files at path  \\domain.com\yournamespace directly even I am logged as an administrator as I have read only permissions on root directory for everyone group only

What I mean to say, those directories only can be removed from going to physical path on server such as C:\DFS Root\
You can copy data in those directories \ files in internal folders and simply can delete those files folders from root directory physically

Mahesh
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