Jose Barreto has a new blog post covering details of the behavior of Windows Server 2008 DFS-N (Distributed File System – Namespaces) clients by looking at network traces. His main goal is to show the interaction between a DFS-N client, a domain controller, a namespace server and a file server. These traces were taken using Network Monitor 3.3 beta from a set of four isolated computers in a domain.
This detailed post (including tables, comments and screenshots) covers four distinct traces:
- To warm up, a simple trace: pinging a server by DNS name
- Next, a more interesting trace: querying a file server directly
- Then, a trace using DFS-N: querying only the DFS namespace
- Finally, a complete trace involving all four computers: querying a file server via a DFS namespace