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Is there a way to create a alias in DNS to point to a folder within a server instead of the server itself? Ex: When I put in DNS it goes to \\server\folder instead of just \\server?
DNS is flat right so this is not possible? I thought I would just ask. We want to map a folder but to make it simple for users they just have to put in the one name instead of the full path. Thanks.

We using 2008 server
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Question by:Thomas N
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by:Mike Kline
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Yeah you can't have a folder in DNS.   You could use DFS to make naming easier, or just use somthing like group policy preferences and map their drives for them.

Thanks

Mike
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by:Sommerblink
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Why not create a shortcut to the network location and put that on their desktop or where ever it is needed.

But yes, DNS cannot solve this problem.
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by:Santosh Gupta
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Hi,

As Mike said, use FRS, it is highly recommended for such scenario.

i have different idea for similar requirement.

For example, i want that whenever user type "Fileserver" in run he will get the file server opened.

To do so,

1. create a batch file with "explorer.exe \\servername\path\"
2. save the batch file as fileserver.bat
3. put that file to c:\windows\system32 folder

now whenever user will type "Fileserver" in run he will get the file server opened.
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by:Seth Simmons
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DNS resolves IP addresses to host names (and vice-versa) regardless of operating system (windows, linux, mac, etc.) or device type (server, switch, etc.)

How Domain Name Servers Work
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/dns.htm
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Why not just use a login script of some sort? This could be with a centrally located batch file or a centrally located VB script.

Group Policy is the other way that would actually make sense. So the folders could automatically map to a drive letter that you designate. That's how most companies do it so that you have employees refer to the "Z drive" (or whatever letter you choose for your shares).
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