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A common question among customers using the Distributed File System snap-in in Windows Server 2003 is how to create a namespace more than two levels deep. For example, a customer in the DFS_FRS newsgroup was frustrated because he knew how to create a root, and he knew how to create a link named Homedirectories, but what he really wanted was to organize the home directories by location, such as \\Company\Homedirectories\Seattle, \\Company\Homedirectories\Chicago, etc. The snap-in wouldn’t let him create a sublink (Chicago) beneath an existing link (Homedirectories), so he was stuck. The way to accomplish this is easy but not intuitive. Just create links with subfolders and backslashes (\) as part of the name. For example, under the Company root, the customer can create a link named Homedirectories\Seattle and another link named Homedirectories\Chicago, thus giving him a deeper namespace. We’ve made this easier in the DFS Management snap-in in Windows Server 2003 R2 by providing a more Explorer-like feel when you build the namespace. You can create multiple levels of subfolders under a root, and these are shown hierarchically.