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DFS replicas unavailable

By swe ·
I've setup DFS to replicate a folder between two domain controllers. The root host is a Windows 2k3 std., the other Windows 2k.

Should the replicated folder be available via the W2k machine if the host is down?

When i try to access it via namespace, I get unavailable or access denied error.

I thought the whole point of DFS was fault tolerance.

Someone please tell me if DFS will do this, or do I need Veritas or Availl replication software to accomplish failover.

Thanks

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by BFilmFan In reply to DFS replicas unavailable

With Windows 2000 domain-level roots can only be located on domain controllers.

With Windows 2003 they can be located on member servers as well as domain controllers.

Is this a domain level root that yu have created?

In addition, there is a differnce in the DFS application between 2000 and 2003.

The easiest answer is to upgrade the 2000 DC to 2003.

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by swe In reply to DFS replicas unavailable

Thanks for the help.

Yes, it is a domain level root.

I was planning to upgrade the W2k domain controller to W2k3 as soon as everything stabilized. I can see where that would be an advantage.

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