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    Same share name on more than one server

    This is going back a while but I seem to remember a few years back having an issue when I had share with the same name on two servers e.g Server1\Shared and Server2\Shared, I seem to remember getting all sorts of odd issues when mapping drives and explorer on certain PC's opening the wrong share.
    I'm about to migrate some GPO applications so i'd like to have two shares e.g Server1\Apps and Server2\Apps and i'm wondering if i'll see any odd issues.

    I have a share called Users on more than one server without issue so i'm pretty sure it will be ok it's just this niggling feeling i've got about that problem in the past.

    Anyone else had an issue with identical share names?

    I'm considering using DFS to share the MSI's but i've read about many odd issues in the past is this situation improved in server 2008?

    Cheers.
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    I'm interested to learn that you have experienced problems. I don't see why it should cause a problem. The server names are different so, the mapping (whether via <net use x: \\Server1\shared> or otherwise) should find the correct server and then the shared folder on that server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    This is going back a while but I seem to remember a few years back having an issue when I had share with the same name on two servers e.g Server1\Shared and Server2\Shared, I seem to remember getting all sorts of odd issues when mapping drives and explorer on certain PC's opening the wrong share.
    I'm about to migrate some GPO applications so i'd like to have two shares e.g Server1\Apps and Server2\Apps and i'm wondering if i'll see any odd issues.

    I have a share called Users on more than one server without issue so i'm pretty sure it will be ok it's just this niggling feeling i've got about that problem in the past.

    Anyone else had an issue with identical share names?

    I'm considering using DFS to share the MSI's but i've read about many odd issues in the past is this situation improved in server 2008?

    Cheers.
    Why can't you just share them out slightly differently ie

    Server1\Apps1

    Server2\Apps2

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    There should be no problem with this kind of arrangement (ie, servers with the same share names) unless there's some DFS hackery in place.

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    I have not had any issues with identical share names and have not heard of it as a problem. I do have to recommend going with DFS though, it is not difficult to setup and if you are only reffering to one share source for your installer files even the basic 2003 implementation will handle it fine and will prevent you spending hours redeploying packages when you have to change it again at a later date.

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    If you have been deploying an application with GP from \\Server1\Share and change the policy to \\Server2\Share there should not be a problem.

    As is the way with things though, sometimes the application will reinstall when the client machine next updates it's policy. Theoretically being the same application MSI in both locations should be recognised - but it isn't always.

    DFS is probably the way forward for you. It is fairly reliable in 2003 but much better with 2008. 2008 also adds many more redundancy options for your file shares.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    I have not had any issues with identical share names and have not heard of it as a problem. I do have to recommend going with DFS though, it is not difficult to setup and if you are only reffering to one share source for your installer files even the basic 2003 implementation will handle it fine and will prevent you spending hours redeploying packages when you have to change it again at a later date.
    I've published all my network shares using DFS on my new network. Not sure how it's going to cope yet, but we'll see. The main idea of this was to prevent certain students seeing the server names - now they only see the domain name for published shares and it also gives me the flexibility to move shares around between servers, but not have to make any changes to logon scripts etc. So far with a handful of staff on it it's working quite well.

    Mike.

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    Having the same sharename on two different servers should be absolutely fine. Shares should be locked down properly with permissions. As for hiding shares, ABE is what you should be using.

    I don't think hiding the servername makes much of a difference to be honest. Even when mapping network drives it will say Share on 'SERVER' ( H: ) in explorer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Having the same sharename on two different servers should be absolutely fine. Shares should be locked down properly with permissions. As for hiding shares, ABE is what you should be using.

    I don't think hiding the servername makes much of a difference to be honest. Even when mapping network drives it will say Share on 'SERVER' ( H: ) in explorer.
    I have a VB script which changes the Drive descriptions to hide that information. Very handy, also means I can rename N:\ to "My Documents" to try and get the message to staff that they are actually the same place on our system!

    Mike.

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    I have a VB script which changes the Drive descriptions
    Care to share? How does it work exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Care to share? How does it work exactly?
    A bit like this

    Code:
    Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
    
    objShell.NameSpace("N:").Self.Name = "My Documents"
    objShell.NameSpace("P:").Self.Name = "Public"
    objShell.NameSpace("S:").Self.Name = "Sims"
    I have it run as part of my logon script.

    Mike.

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    Anyway to do it how I map network drives? For example....

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    net time \\SERVERNAME /set /yes
    net use X: /delete
    net use Y: /delete
    net use Z: /delete
    
    net use X: \\SERVERNAME\Share1
    net use Y: \\SERVERNAME\Share2
    net use Z: \\SERVERNAME\Share3

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    Mapping drives in VBS is easy as well. You could map the drives with VBS instead and have them given a custom name as well?

    Scripting is far more powerful with VBS than with a standard batch file.

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    Like so:

    Code:
    Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network") 
    objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "X:" , "\\Server1\Share"

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    I probably could convert them to VBS but I'm being lazy...

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