Using Access-Based Enumeration and DFS

We’ve published a KB for using access-based enumeration together with DFS Namespaces. Access-based enumeration makes visible only those files or folders that the user has the rights to access. When access-based enumeration is enabled, Windows will not display files or folders that the user does not have the rights to access. It takes some tweaking… Read more

How referral timeouts work in DFS Namespaces

Hi, this is Sanjoy Chatterjee again. In this post I will cover how referral timeout works in DFS Namespaces. When clients receive referrals from the DFS server, they cache these referrals in what was called the PKT Cache. The current terminology for that cache is Referral Cache and that is what we will use in… Read more

Using DFS Namespaces and Offline Files

Customers often ask about how DFS Namespaces interacts with Offline Files. I asked our new DFS Namespaces PM, Sanjoy Chatterjee, to introduce himself and explain the interaction. I am Sanjoy Chatterjee, the new PM for the DFS group. My goal for posting on this blog is to clear up common customer questions and/or highlight certain… Read more

Recent hotfixes

Thought I’d let everyone know about some recent hotfixes for our technologies: KB article 896427, “After you install security update 885250 (MS05-011), you may not be able to view the contents of a subfolder on a network share by using Windows XP or Windows Server 2003” KB article 898900, “An update is available to support… Read more

Upcoming webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 + Intelligent iSCSI Storage: Building a Simple SAN

My name is Claude Lorenson, I am a Group Product Manager at Microsoft. I have been working on the storage workload in the Windows Server Product Management team for the last three year. Our team is responsible for the product strategy and the market positioning of Microsoft file and block storage technologies in the Windows server… Read more

Configuring DFS Namespaces from XP SP2 Clients

Windows Server 2003 R2 includes an Administration Tools Pack for running some of the R2 snap-ins on XP SP2 computers. A newsgroup customer recently tried this but found that some of the DFS Namespaces options are greyed out. As it turns out, you also need to install a hotfix to add the new DFS Namespaces APIs to XP… Read more

Threats and Countermeasures Guide v2.0 Available

The Threats and Countermeasures Guide v2 provides you with a reference to all security settings that provide countermeasures for specific threats against current versions of the Microsoft® Windows® operating systems. Chapter 7 covers a number of services that run on file servers, such as DFS and FRS, server clusters, Logical Disk Manager, Microsoft Software Shadow… Read more

Upcoming webcasts

Happy New Year everyone. Though I’d let you know about the upcoming webcasts we have planned for January. Webcast:  Troubleshooting and Debugging the Branch Office Technologies, 1/11/2006 9:30 AM PSTThis session will focus on identifying problems and how to fix them. From troubleshooting the service and its dependencies to getting good working knowledge of the available… Read more

Speaking of DiskPart…

Looks like we’ve published a whitepaper on how Microsoft’s own IT department uses Diskpart. Here’s the summary: The Microsoft IT group regularly uses the Diskpart.exe utility to dynamically increase disk volume capacity on servers running Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 and Microsoft Windows® 2000 Server. The Diskpart.exe utility is an integral component of the Microsoft IT… Read more

Using DFS Replication to replicate the root of the volume

On several occasions we’ve seen customers enable DFS Replication on the root of a volume, such as C:. Although DFS Replication supports configuring a volume root as the local path of a replicated folder, we don’t recommend this configuration for the following reasons: DFS Replication replicates metadata (including ACLs and attributes) that are set on… Read more