DFS namespace doesn't show when browsing in Explorer

Hopefully this is a simple one.

I have a server running DFS Namespace and DFS Replication. My namespace is \\mycompany.local\files, and I have a number of folder targets inside  (e.g. \\mycompany.local\files\common,  \\mycompany.local\files\accounting, etc.). Replication is working nicely for my two fileservers.

If I navigate to \\mycompany.local\Files, I see all the various folder targets which I can access like normal. I have drive mappings for the users which they can access no problem. It seems like everything is working fine.

But if I navigate to \\mycompany.local, I only see the NETLOGON and SYSVOL shares, I don't see the "Files" share.

It's more of an aesthetic thing admittedly, since users never navigate to UNC paths on their own anyways and instead rely on drive maps to access their data. But I still find it a little weird. How do I "publish" my namespace in Active Directory so it shows up properly?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
\\domain.local resolves to a domain controller by design. So what you are seeing are shares on the DC you happened to connect to, not things published in AD in general. So unless you are willing to make all of your DC's also be DFS roots, you can't do what you want. And, for the record, I do *not* recommend going down that road.

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Frosty555Author Commented:
So \\mycompany.local is not showing some kind of aggregate list of the available namespaces? It's just the equivalent of \\mydc1 ?

Are DFS namespaces supposed to be browseable/published in some way, or you just have to know the correct UNC path to type in to access it and that's all there is to it?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
"So \\mycompany.local is not showing some kind of aggregate list of the available namespaces? It's just the equivalent of \\mydc1 ?"  Correct.

In practical use, you usually need to know the UNC. There is no GUI in windows explorer that lets you browse and discover namespaces.
Frosty555Author Commented:
Guess I was doing things correctly all along then. Thanks!
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