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Namespaces
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Tom Mason
2009-05-18 02:01:19 UTC
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I've got a namespace question.

We use DFS to make data highly available, with 3 Windows 2008 Servers, 2 of which are also domain controllers and 1 that is a member server. We have 2 namespaces, "Private Data" and "Public Data" and these namespaces have folders in them. The namespaces are defined on the PDC domain controller.

When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the PDC, I see the namespaces. When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the other 2 servers, there are no items to show in the Namespace view.

My questions are: Is this normal? If so, are the namespace definitions stored in AD?
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Tom Mason
Isaac Oben [MCITP:EA, MCSE]
2009-05-18 02:53:51 UTC
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Hello Tom,

Yes, this is normal. You are seeing your namespaces on the PDC because that is where you set them up. To view the namespaces on the other servers, you will have to open dfs management and rightclick and show root then type \\domainName.com\NameSpaceName etc. What I will suggest is for you to create a fault tolerant root on the other domain controllers that way if PDC is down, users can still have access to dfs or if Domain controllers are on a different site local users can access dfs locally thereby saving you some bandwidth. to add ft on the other dc, you use the syntax below.

dfsutil.exe /addftroot /server:NameDCServer /share:namespaceShare

Hope this helps,

Isaac
"Tom Mason" <***@comcast.net> wrote in message news:***@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
I've got a namespace question.

We use DFS to make data highly available, with 3 Windows 2008 Servers, 2 of which are also domain controllers and 1 that is a member server. We have 2 namespaces, "Private Data" and "Public Data" and these namespaces have folders in them. The namespaces are defined on the PDC domain controller.

When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the PDC, I see the namespaces. When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the other 2 servers, there are no items to show in the Namespace view.

My questions are: Is this normal? If so, are the namespace definitions stored in AD?

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Tom Mason
Tom Mason
2009-08-11 01:00:55 UTC
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Isaac,

When I try to add the fault tolerant root to another DC, I cannot, apparently because there is a blank in the namespaceshare. I have not found a way to get around this.

Tom
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Tom Mason
"Isaac Oben [MCITP:EA, MCSE]" <***@nospam.gmail.com> wrote in message news:***@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
Hello Tom,

Yes, this is normal. You are seeing your namespaces on the PDC because that is where you set them up. To view the namespaces on the other servers, you will have to open dfs management and rightclick and show root then type \\domainName.com\NameSpaceName etc. What I will suggest is for you to create a fault tolerant root on the other domain controllers that way if PDC is down, users can still have access to dfs or if Domain controllers are on a different site local users can access dfs locally thereby saving you some bandwidth. to add ft on the other dc, you use the syntax below.

dfsutil.exe /addftroot /server:NameDCServer /share:namespaceShare

Hope this helps,

Isaac
"Tom Mason" <***@comcast.net> wrote in message news:***@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
I've got a namespace question.

We use DFS to make data highly available, with 3 Windows 2008 Servers, 2 of which are also domain controllers and 1 that is a member server. We have 2 namespaces, "Private Data" and "Public Data" and these namespaces have folders in them. The namespaces are defined on the PDC domain controller.

When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the PDC, I see the namespaces. When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the other 2 servers, there are no items to show in the Namespace view.

My questions are: Is this normal? If so, are the namespace definitions stored in AD?

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Tom Mason
DaveMills
2009-05-20 20:38:29 UTC
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Isaac answered your first question. It is a bit like the DNS snap in. You have
to add the name space you want to look at.

As to storage in AD, AD has the names of the root name servers but the name
space itself is held on the DFS name servers not in AD.

The client ask the DC for the list of name servers. It then queries the name
server for the link target. Of course the DC may be the name server as well.
Post by Tom Mason
I've got a namespace question.
We use DFS to make data highly available, with 3 Windows 2008 Servers, 2 of which are also domain controllers and 1 that is a member server. We have 2 namespaces, "Private Data" and "Public Data" and these namespaces have folders in them. The namespaces are defined on the PDC domain controller.
When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the PDC, I see the namespaces. When I look at DFS Management in Server Manager on the other 2 servers, there are no items to show in the Namespace view.
My questions are: Is this normal? If so, are the namespace definitions stored in AD?
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Dave Mills
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