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Distributed Link Tracking Server (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

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

Service Name: TrkSrv

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The distributed link tracking server runs on each domain controller in a domain. The service accepts notifications of file and volume moves from the tracking service on a computer and allows the distributed link tracking client to query a link source's current location.

This server service maintains information in the DC about volumes and files which have been moved. The information on moves cannot grow above a certain size and it is automatically removed if it becomes unnecessary.

The distributed link-tracking services are available only on NTFS, and are only available for link sources on NTFS 5.0 and later volumes. Thus if a link source is moved to a FAT volume, or if a link source is moved to a computer running Windows NT 4.0, the tracking information is lost. Additionally, if a link source is moved even between NTFS 5.0 volumes, but the computer performing the move is running an earlier version of Windows NT or Windows 95/98/Me, the link tracking information is lost. When the link tracking information is lost, no harm is done to the link-source file itself, it is simply not trackable by the distributed link-tracking services.

Links to files on removable media are not maintained. Also, the tracking service does not recognize a new NTFS volume until the system is rebooted. A new volume might become available because of repartitioning, reformatting a FAT volume to NTFS, or connecting a new external drive. The service accepts notifications of file and volume moves from the tracking service on a computer and allows the distributed link tracking client to query a link source's current location.

If the DLT server service is stopped or disabled, links maintained by the DLT Client service will be unreliable. The "NtfsDisableDomainLinkTracking" policy should be enabled in the File system policy group to prevent DLT clients from repeatedly trying to reach the disabled service.

See also Distributed Link Tracking Client.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Disabled

Service status: Stopped

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call

The following system components depend on this service: None

IP Port Numbers used: None

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