DFS - best practice for XP clients?

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Peter Frederiksen, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    We have published a number of DFS folders to active directory.
    Which options do I have to make these folders easily available for all my XP
    clients under My Network Places?

    Regards,
    Peter :)
     
    Peter Frederiksen, Jan 12, 2006
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    There are no real 'best practices' for DFS. It is meant as a fault-tolerant
    (if AD based) consolidating tool to consolidate multiple shares into one
    that you can map the DFS Root share to for a single user's mapped drive to
    get to all the shares instead of mapping multiple shares.

    If you want to add it to Network Places, click on Network Places, click on
    Add Network Place, Click on 'choose another network location', type in the
    UNC such as \\domain.com\DFSRootShareName.

    Overview of DFS in Windows 2000 (similar to 2003)
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812487/
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    Ace Fekay [MVP], Jan 13, 2006
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  3. There are no real 'best practices' for DFS. It is meant as a
    I may not have explaned myself very well - here's the background for my
    question:

    We are using DFS primarily to ensure that UNC's remain constant over the
    years when data are moved to new servers, so that absolute links in old
    Office documents continues to me valid.

    Until now, users have accessed the DFS shares though mapped network drives,
    which they get mapped through a logon script.

    But now we want to stop using mapped network drives - we feel they are a
    thing from the old DOS days that we should not use anymore; and mostly
    because they make the Windows Explorer VERY slow for users working remotly
    on lines with low bandwith.

    I have been trying to find out what Microsoft recommends as a modern day
    replacement for mapped network drives, but can't really find out.

    My solution to it is to place links to the shares (DFS in our case) in My
    Network Places.

    But I would like to place links in My Network Places automatically for all
    users, (to replace the logon script) but can't find a group policy that does
    that.

    So what do others do, when they want to get rid of the mapped network
    drives?

    Regards,
    Peter :)
     
    Peter Frederiksen, Jan 14, 2006
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    I see. Your original question was very basic and generic.

    The current trend appears to be implementing a document management system
    such as Sharepoint or any other third party utility that will support this.
    Some compnaies use Public Flders to an extent in combination with mapped
    shares.

    Here is a GPO settings matrix. I didn't see anything to add a Network Place
    link:
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/9/9/699013a4-6e32-4464-b1a9-2afb785a4509/prwo_gpss.xls

    May want to try the Script Center at www.technet.com or try and search
    http://cwashington.netreach.net thru their thousands of free scripts to do
    this for you in a logon script thru a GPO.

    Ace
     
    Ace Fekay [MVP], Jan 14, 2006
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