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The most common administration activities related to DFS-Namespaces can be performed using the “DFS Management” MMC. This will show up under “Administrative Tools” after you add the DFS role service in Server Manager. You can also add just the MMC for remote management of a DFS namespace server. You will find that in Server Manager, under Add Feature, Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), Role Administration Tools, File Services Tools.
Another way to manage DFS-N is to use DFSUTIL.EXE, which is a command line tool. There are plenty of options and you can perform pretty much any DFS-related activity, from creating a namespace to adding links to exporting the entire configuration to troubleshooting. This can be very handy for automating tasks by writing scripts or batch files. DFSUTIL.EXE is an in-box tool in Windows Server 2008 (as with the MMC, it is loaded with the DFS-Namespaces role service or with the RSAT for File Services Tools).
Please find below a table with a comprehensive list of the parameters and options available in DFSUTIL.EXE for Windows Server 2008. Please note that DFSUTIL.EXE had a different format for parameters in Windows Server 2003, but that old syntax still works in Windows Server 2008. The old syntax is listed in the last column, prefixed by “OLD:”. There is also an old DFSCMD.EXE, which still works, which is also mentioned prefixed by “OLD:”.
Displays or modifies target state of a dfs namespace or link. Only the local machine's cached information is displayed or modified.
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