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I’ve seen three recent posts in our microsoft.public.windows.server.dfs_frs newsgroup from DFS Namespaces customers who are trying to determine why clients are being referred to unexpected targets. Here is one example: “We seem to having problems with our site referrals for DFS. Our root DFS "Global" has 6 links underneath for various parts of the business, some refer ok to their local site, some do not. We have ran Dfsutil/insite command on the root, but it has made little difference, with most important link still referring off site to standard 2003 DC.”
The tips below have helped several customers track down the problem. I pulled this text from our DFS Technical Reference, and it also appears in our DFS FAQ. ____________
Even when least expensive or same-site target selection is enabled, clients might still access high-cost or out-of-site targets. Also, when default target selection is enabled, a client computer might access a target server outside of its own site, even though a same-site target exists. These problems are typically caused by one of the following situations: