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Enable client failback

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2

A referral is an ordered list of targets that a client computer receives from a domain controller or namespace server when the user accesses a namespace root or folder with targets in the namespace. If a target becomes unavailable, you can configure clients to fail back to the target after it is restored.

To enable client failback for a namespace root
  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DFS Management.

  2. In the console tree, under the Namespaces node, right-click a namespace, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Referrals tab, click the Clients fail back to preferred targets check box.

Folders with targets inherit client failback settings from the namespace root. If client failback is disabled on the namespace root, you can use the following procedure to enable client failback on a folder with targets.

To enable client failback for a folder with targets
  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DFS Management.

  2. In the console tree, under the Namespaces node, right-click a folder with targets, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Referrals tab, click the Clients fail back to preferred targets check box.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Local Administrators group on each server that hosts the namespace, or you must have been delegated the ability to manage an existing namespace.

  • For failback to work, client computers must run the operating systems and hotfixes described in Referral properties.

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