How to Map a DFS Share?

Posted on 2014-09-24
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Last Modified: 2014-10-31
I'm migrating a file share server and beginning to use DFS for the first time on 2012.  I'm planning on auditing all the shares and taking the time to make improvements.  I like the feature of DFS and View Permissions that only  allows users to see share to which they have access.  However, not I realize that they can't 'map' the share from the GUI (they can only map the namespace?)  - the option isn't available - why?  If I'm not planning replication, what are advantages to DFS?  If I can't map the shares, I'm not share it's worth the effort?
Question by:apsutechteam
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 1500 total points
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You can map to \\dfsname\sharename .. you don't need it unless you have replication
Access Based Enumeration doesn't require DFS

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Unfortunately Access Based Enumeration still shows them shares that aren't theirs.  It only hides files/folders. So, it they browse to server, they see hundreds of shares they don't understand - even with ABE on -- that's why I was going to use DFS -- then they'd just see their own shares (if I configure it).  I can go to \\dfsname and have them only see their shares with DFS -- but I can't right-click map it permanently -- which was my whole goal?  I hoping for the most simplistic solution available.  Sorry it took me so long to get back -- been auditing all the permissions. Some of these shares have been around for many years, some nested, etc. -- trying to come up with a universal easy approach to walk users through re-map.   Thanks for your reply.

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