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Dfscmd

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Dfscmd

Manages a distributed file system from the command line.

Syntax

dfscmd /map \\ DFSName \ DFSShareName \ Path \\ ServerName \ ShareName \ Path [Comment] [/restore]

dfscmd /unmap \\ DFSName \ DFSShareName \ Path

dfscmd /add \\ DFSName \ DFSShareName \ Path \\ ServerName \ ShareName \ Path [/restore]

fscmd /remove \\ DFSName \ DFSShareName \ Path \\ ServerName \ ShareName \ Path

dfscmd /view \\ DFSName \ DFSShareName [/full] [/partial] [/batch] [/batchrestore]

Parameters
/map
Creates a link and maps a link to a target. If the specified DFS root does not exist, dfscmd returns an error. When /restore is specified, dfscmd does not attempt to validate the destination path.

\\ DFSName \ DFSShareName \ Path
The path used to access the distributed file system.

\\ ServerName \ ShareName \ Path
The actual file system location mapped to a DFS link.

[Comment]
An optional comment you can use to identify a target.

/unmap
Deletes a DFS link and removes its targets from the DFS root.

/add
Adds a target to the specified DFS link. If the specified link does not exist, dfscmd will return an error. When /restore is specified, dfscmd does not attempt to validate the destination path.

/remove
Removes a target from the specified DFS link.

/view
View details for the specified DFS root. When dfscmd /view is entered without additional parameters, dfscmd displays only the names of the root and its links. dfscmd /view /partial displays any comments associated with the root. dfscmd /view /full displays the names of the root and its links, any comments associated with the root, and any targets associated with the links. dfscmd /view /batch returns a batch script you can use to restore the root. dfscmd /view /batchrestore returns a similar batch script that does not attempt to validate the targets.

/?
Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks
  • If you use a path or a comment that contains spaces, wrap it in quotation marks.

  • When you remove a target using dfscmd /remove, you must specify the same link name that you used to create the link. For example, if you created the link using its DNS name, you must specify the DNS name when you use dfscmd /remove rather than the NetBIOS name. Consider using a consistent naming standard when you add links so it will be easier to remember later.

Examples

To create a link called SiteLicense under the DFS root \\Appserver\Apps\ that points to a target at \\Westcoast-ap1\Shared\Sitelic without validating the target, type:

dfscmd /map \\appserver\apps\SiteLicense \\westcoast-ap1\shared\sitelic /restore

To remove \\Midwest-ap3\Shared\Site as a target of DFS link \\Appserver\Apps\SiteLicense, type:

dfscmd /remove \\appserver\apps\SiteLicense \\midwest-ap3\shared\site To view the links and comment associated with the DFS root \\Appserver\Apps, type:

dfscmd /view \\appserver\apps /partial

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