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

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… Read more

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… Read more

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; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders” Cool,… Read more

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… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Dang, This Year Went Fast Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and comments. This week we talk: AD Garbage Collection behavior Applying Group Policy based on installed roles and features Apple hates .local domains More on auto site coverage from Lurch Fixing the mysteriously bad CPU performance of brand new servers DFSN and NetApp Hyper-V and AD/DFSR/FRS/etc. disk… Read more

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, let’s suppose our client is in the site Spoke-A… Read more

Active Directory Site Topology, Not Just for DCs

Mark here again. Following a recent experience in the field (yes, Premier Field Engineers leave the office), I thought it’d be useful to discuss Active Directory Topology and how it influences DFS Namespace and DFS Folder referrals. Let’s look at the following environment for the purposes of our discussion Let’s suppose that the desired referral… Read more