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Change the Amount of Time That Clients Cache Referrals

Published: October 22, 2009

Updated: October 16, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 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. You can adjust how long clients cache a referral before requesting a new one.

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To change the amount of time that clients cache namespace root referrals by using Windows PowerShell, use the Set-DfsnRoot –TimeToLiveSec cmdlet. To change the amount of time that clients cache folder referrals, use the Set-DfsnFolder –TimeToLiveSec cmdlet. These cmdlets were introduced in Windows Server 2012.

To change the amount of time that clients cache namespace root referrals

  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, in the Cache duration (in seconds) text box, type the amount of time (in seconds) that clients cache namespace root referrals. The default setting is 300 seconds (five minutes).

To change the amount of time that clients cache folder referrals

  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 that has targets, and then click Properties .

  3. On the Referrals tab, in the Cache duration (in seconds) text box, type the amount of time (in seconds) that clients cache folder referrals. The default setting is 1800 seconds (30 minutes).

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