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    DFS seems to only like FQDN

    Hello,

    Just trying DFS out.

    Have created namespace etc, when mapping drives through script i have to put FQDN in:-

    \\lab-domain.domain.org.uk\shared_folder

    cannot seem to use:

    \\lab-domain\shared_folder

    Anyone encountered this

    Thanks

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    Isn't that the point of DFS?

    Ben

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    Is it because you don't have WINS setup possibly?

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    I thought i could use it on small network with netbios name rather than fqdn

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Isn't that the point of DFS?

    Ben
    Yes

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    You certainly shouldn't need the FQDN - I've never used them but I have only used networks which have WINS installed.

    If you're not running WINS then have a look at How DFS Works: Remote File Systems - "How DFS Works in Environments Without WINS"

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    Quote Originally Posted by duxbuz View Post
    I thought i could use it on small network with netbios name rather than fqdn

    It works here without the FQDN (domain\netlogon instead of domain.com\netlogon, you only need WINS in a routed network or where you have netbios broadcasts disabled.

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    Using DFS on Server 2003 and 2008 always worked for me with FQDN and the short name. Moving to 2008 R2 however to take advantage of the new features it only worked with the FQDN.

    A quick fix by a tech was to add the short name as an alias in DNS pointing to the FQDN. This works but I will investigate further when time permits.

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    WINS - A blast from the past!

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    Quote Originally Posted by duxbuz View Post
    I thought i could use it on small network with netbios name rather than fqdn

    Do you have NetBIOS over Tcpip enabled?





    @ danrhodes - yes if you run a small non routed network with no Exchange. There's still a load of apps out there that require WINS MS just can't get rid of it, it should be on it's last legs now though.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...EXCHG.80).aspx
    Last edited by cookie_monster; 9th March 2010 at 08:52 AM.

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