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Microsoft DFS troubleshooting tips

Postby guest » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:43 pm

1. Tracking Shared Folders
It is recommended that one of the first things that you determine when tracking an access-related issue with Dfs is the name of the underlying shared folder that the client has been referred to. In Windows 2000, there is a shell extension to Windows Explorer for precisely this purpose. When you right-click a folder that is in the Dfs namespace, there is a Dfs tab available in the Properties window. From the Dfs tab, you can see which shared folder you are referencing for the Dfs link. In addition, you can see the list of replicas that refer to the Dfs link, so you can disconnect from one replica and select another. Finally, you can also refresh the referral cache for the specified Dfs link. This makes the client obtain a new referral for the link from the Dfs server.

The Dfs tab is available only to Windows 2000–based clients. There are no client-side or server-side tools available for clients using earlier versions of Windows that readily provide the name of the shared folder to which they have been referred. To mount the drive containing the Dfs root on a local computer, enter the following on the command line:

net use * \\ domain_name \ root_name

Keep in mind that at the protocol level, on the wire, the client still connects to and communicates with the server hosting the shared folder as if the client had gained access to the folder directly. A network sniffing tool such as Network Monitor can still be used to capture communications between the client and other Dfs components.
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Re: Microsoft DFS troubleshooting tips

Postby chicagotech » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:31 pm

DFS Management in Windows Server 2008 includes the ability to run a propagation test and generate two types of diagnostic reports—a propagation report and a general health report:

Propagation test Tests replication progress by creating a test file in a replicated folder.


Propagation report Generates a report that tracks the replication progress for the test file created during a propagation test.


Health report Generates a report that shows the health of replication and replication efficiency.


Follow this procedure to create a diagnostic report for DFS replication.

To create a diagnostic report for DFS replication
Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DFS Management.

In the console tree, under the Replication node, right-click the replication group that you want to create a diagnostic report for, and then click Create Diagnostic Report.

Follow the instructions in the Diagnostic Report Wizard.
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Re: Microsoft DFS troubleshooting tips

Postby chicagotech » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:36 pm

Force synchronization of AD to ensure the change in DFS is replicated to all the file servers

“repadmin /syncall /d /e /P < dc name> <Naming Context> “
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