Discussion:
Can't connect or browse DFS Namespace from WinXP
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JR A.
2009-10-08 19:07:45 UTC
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Hey everyone,

I recently setup a Win2008 R2 DFS namespace server (standalone, not
domain-based) that I'm having a little issue touching certain XP
clients. Specifically, the DFSN is on the domain, but the DfsRoot is
not domain-based (hope that makes sense).

The issue I'm having is from XP clients that are NOT on the domain and
try to access the DFS Namespace server located at \\DFSServer

They can *browse* the root of the namespace server and see all the
namespaces available, but attempting to browse within any of the
shares (to which I have administrative access to) yields an error:

"\\DFSServer\Users is not accessible. You might not have permission to
use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to
find out if you have access permissions.

Configuration information could not be read from the domain
controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or access has
been denied."

I know it's not a firewall issue (shares can be access directly by the
link, just not through the DFS). I've tried the fix for XP SP2 to set
EnableDfsLoopbackTargets in the registry to 1, but this did not fix
the issue.

Any ideas? I'm in a little hot water here since all my tests prior to
today didn't reveal this issue and I've already deployed some
production shares on the DFS.

Thanks,
ciscokid03
2009-10-22 20:01:01 UTC
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JR...the problem is that the xp machines you are trying to access from ARE
NOT in the domain...you will get access denied. have you tried giving NTFS
and share permissions to the EVERYONE group?
Post by JR A.
Hey everyone,
I recently setup a Win2008 R2 DFS namespace server (standalone, not
domain-based) that I'm having a little issue touching certain XP
clients. Specifically, the DFSN is on the domain, but the DfsRoot is
not domain-based (hope that makes sense).
The issue I'm having is from XP clients that are NOT on the domain and
try to access the DFS Namespace server located at \\DFSServer
They can *browse* the root of the namespace server and see all the
namespaces available, but attempting to browse within any of the
"\\DFSServer\Users is not accessible. You might not have permission to
use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to
find out if you have access permissions.
Configuration information could not be read from the domain
controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or access has
been denied."
I know it's not a firewall issue (shares can be access directly by the
link, just not through the DFS). I've tried the fix for XP SP2 to set
EnableDfsLoopbackTargets in the registry to 1, but this did not fix
the issue.
Any ideas? I'm in a little hot water here since all my tests prior to
today didn't reveal this issue and I've already deployed some
production shares on the DFS.
Thanks,
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