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  • Blog Post: O’DFS Shares! Where Art Thou? – Part 3/3

    Hello, this is Sabin and Shravan from the Microsoft Directory Services Support team. We are back to cover the third and final part of this series to troubleshoot slowness/delay experienced by clients in accessing a DFS Namespace. As a recap, in Part 1 of this blog, we reviewed the referral process for...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Saturday Edition

    Ned here. As you may have noticed, it is not Friday. You may also have noticed that this post is awesome and packed with many weeks of delayed content goodness. This notice may extend to the fact that I have no life. You notice a lot, don’t you smarty? I cannot imagine someone looking...
  • Blog Post: Using ABE with DFS

    Hello, Dave here. Today I discuss the Access Based Enumeration (ABE) feature in Windows Server and how it may be implemented with Distributed File System Namespaces (DFSN). First you may ask, "What is ABE, and why would I want to utilize it?" By default, all folders and files will be listed in a folder...
  • Blog Post: DFSN and DFSR-RO interoperability: When Good DFS Roots Go Bad…

    Hello, Ken here. Today I want to talk about some behaviors that can occur when using Distributed File System Namespaces (DFSN) along with Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) Read-Only members. The DFSN and DFSR services are independent of each other, and as such have no idea what the other is...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – Limping In Edition

    Hi there world. It’s been a particularly gnarly week: not too many questions that most people would find relevant, plus it was just crazy busy (stupid Windows 7 and R2, being all popular and whatnot, leads to a lot of USMT work for me… D-: ). Hence – late posting with not much sirloin...
  • Blog Post: Can Apple, Linux, and other non-MS operating systems connect to DFS Namespaces?

    Hi all, Ned here again. I’ve been asked a few times if other operating systems can utilize DFS Namespaces running on Windows Server. It’s a sticky wicket; as a “voice of Microsoft” my statements carry a lot of weight - deserved or not. It’s not smart or ethical for me to...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring and Maintaining DFS Namespaces

    Hello all, David here again. If you are reading this post, you likely have Distributed File System Namespaces (DFSN) deployed or are at least considering it. In large environments, DFS Namespaces may stretch across many sites and target tens or hundreds of file servers. Depending on the size and quantity...
  • Blog Post: The Missing Links

    Ned here again. Despite the title, today’s post is not about Australopithecus. I recently spent a few days in Redmond teaching part of the Microsoft Certified Master course. During the class… eh wait… You’ve never heard of MCM? You should definitely check it out if you’re...
  • Blog Post: File Services Management Pack has been released

    Hello there file server admins and datacenter monitoring gurus, Ned here again. After much skull sweat and gnashing of tooth, the File Services management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 has been released. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3dc6188d-8a4c-4d0b-be85...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: I Have No Idea What to Call This Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here with a slightly late Mail Sack coming your way. Today we discuss reading event logs, PowerShell, FSMO, DFSR, DFSN, GCs, virtualization, RDC, LDAP queries, DPM, SYSVOL migration, and Netmon. Do it. LogParser and Win2008 R2 security event logs DFS virtualization support...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Carl Sandburg Edition

    Hi folks, Jonathan again. Ned is taking some time off visiting his old stomping grounds – the land of Mother-in-Laws and heart-breaking baseball. Or, as Sandburg put it: “ Hog Butcher for the World , Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Now with 100% more words

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been nearly a month since the last Mail Sack post so I’ve built up a good head of steam. Today we discuss FRS, FSMO, Authentication, Authorization, USMT, DFSR, VPN, Interactive Logon, LDAP, DFSN, MS Certified Masters, Kerberos, and other stuff. Plus a small...
  • Blog Post: O’DFS Shares! Where Art Thou? – Part 2/3

    Hello, this is Sabin and Shravan from the Microsoft Directory Services Support team once again. We will continue our discussion regarding slowness/delay experienced by clients in accessing a DFS Namespace. In Part 1 of this blog, we reviewed the referral process for Domain Based Namespaces and took a...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Mothers day pfffft… when is son’s day?

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been a little while since the last sack, but I have a good excuse: I just finished writing a poop ton of Windows Server 2012 depth training that our support folks around the world will use to make your lives easier (someday). If I ever open MS Word again it will be...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: I Don’t Like the Taste of Pants Edition

    Hi all, Ned here again. After a few months of talking about Windows Server 2012 to other ‘softies from around the globe, I’m back with the sack. It was great fun – and not over yet, it turns out – but I am finally home for a bit. The only way you don’t know that the next...
  • Blog Post: Designing DFSN Namespaces (by the guy that owns them)

    Our DFS PM pal Jose Barreto has a new article out that you will should find interesting. We really don't provide a lot of guidance on TechNet about designing DFS namespaces, so Jose goes into it in great detail: Three ways to design your DFS Namespaces Give it a read. Ned "Jose Referral Cache...
  • Blog Post: DFS Namespace performance Improvements in Windows Server 2008 and R2

    The DFSN team has posted new scalability and performance information on their component at their official team blog. It's definitely worth a read if you are thinking about moving on from Windows Server 2003: Windows Server DFS-Namespaces Performance and Scalability - Ned 'That's a lotta links!...
  • Blog Post: Distributed File System Consolidation of a Standalone Namespace to a Domain-Based Namespace

    Hello again everyone! David here to discuss a scenario that is becoming more and more popular for administrators of Distributed File System Namespaces (DFSN): consolidation of one or more standalone namespaces that are referenced by a domain-based namespace. Below I detail how this may be achieved. ...
  • Blog Post: Slow-Link with Windows 7 and DFS Namespaces

    Hey there, Gary here, and it has been a while since there has been a blog post relating to Offline Files and Slow-link. A couple of years ago I wrote a one in relation to Vista and the slow-link mode policy that still applies to Windows 7; here is the link: “Configure slow-link mode” policy...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Beard-Seconds Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here again. This week we talk: DC DNS A Records and Web Servers Forwarding Security event log subscriptions Domain password filters Auditing NTLM vs NTLMv2 on Win2003 Programmatically determining if UNC is DFS namespace DFSR and Excel Shared Workbooks DFS, DC,...
  • Blog Post: DFS Override Referral Ordering, Messing with the Natural Order

    Hi everyone. This is your friendly (debatable) PFE, Mark Renoden again. Today I’m talking about DFS Override Referral Ordering – a seldom-used feature with an interesting benefit. For the purpose of this discussion, I’ll refer to the following Active Directory Site Diagram: For the entire discussion...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Gargamel Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. This week we talk about 10 reasons not to use list object access dsheuristics, USMT trivia nuggets, poor man’s DFSDIAG, how to get network captures without installing a network capture tool, and some other random goo. Oh yeah, and friggin’ Smurfs. The downsides...
  • Blog Post: Common DFSN Configuration Mistakes and Oversights

    Hello all, Dave here again. Over a year ago, Warren created an ASKDS blog post covering common DFS Replication (DFSR) mistakes and oversights . Someone asked me recently where the common DFS Namespaces (DFSN) mistakes article was located. Well, here it is now ... Below you will find details about the...
  • Blog Post: DFS Referrals and IPv6: Outta site!

    Hi, David Everett here again to discuss an issue where DFS clients connect to out-of-site targets when the IPv6 protocol has been partially disabled using an incorrect method. The customer deployed a DFS link replicated by DFSR. An in-site DFS namespace (DFSN) target called ContosoFS1 was deployed...
  • Blog Post: Ghosts in the DFS Management Machine

    Ned here again. Today’s post is a quick technique I use to show how to slap the DFS Management snap-in around when it acts foolishly. Hopefully you find it helpful someday. Here’s the situation There are multiple administrators at your company managing DFSR or DFSN. Everyone ...