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Increasing the Availability of DFS Namespaces

Updated: March 28, 2003

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

After you create your initial namespace design, you need to review that design to determine whether part or all of the namespace needs to be available at all times. You can ensure DFS namespace availability at both the root and link target level. This helps prevent the situation in which the target servers are up and running but users cannot access them by using the namespace.

To increase the availability of DFS namespaces, take the following steps:

  1. Choose an availability method for DFS roots.

  2. Choose an availability method for data in link targets.

  3. Determine where to place multiple targets.

  4. Choose a replication method.

The following sections describe each of these steps.

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