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. History: Why create interlinked namespaces? First, we should quickly… Read more

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 more common configuration mistakes or oversights… Read more

Purging Old NT Security Protocols

Hi folks, Ned here again (with some friends). Everyone knows that Kerberos is Microsoft’s preeminent security protocol and that NTLM is both inefficient and, in some iterations, not strong enough to avoid concerted attack. NTLM V2 using complex passwords stands up well to common hash cracking tools like Cain and Abel, Ophcrack, or John the… Read more

AskDS is 12,614,400,000,000,000 shakes old

It’s been four years and 591 posts since AskDS reached critical mass. You’d hope our party would look like this:  But it’s more likely to be: Without you, we’d be another of those sites that glow red hot, go supernova, then collapse into a white dwarf. We really appreciate your comments, questions, and occasional attaboys…. Read more

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 of namespaces, you may be… Read more

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, even… Read more

AskDS is 0.03 Centuries Old Today

Three years ago today the AskDS site published its first post and had its first commenter. In the meantime we’ve created 455 articles and we’re now ranked 6th in all of TechNet’s blogs, behind AskPerf, Office2010, MarkRussinovich, SBS, and HeyScriptingGuy. That’s a pretty amazing group to be lumped in with for traffic, I don’t mind… Read more

Migrating your DFS Namespaces in three (sorta) easy steps

Hi, Dave here. Today, I will cover the process by which domain DFS namespaces can be migrated from one domain to another, important considerations both during and after the migration, and some helpful tips along the way. My post assumes that you have some working knowledge of DFS and related terminology. Don’t worry if you… Read more