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Set the ordering method for targets in referrals

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. After the client receives the referral, the client attempts to access the first target in the list; if the target is not available, the client attempts to access the next target.

Targets in the client's site are always listed first in a referral. Targets outside of the client's site are listed according to the ordering method. The ordering methods are described in Referral properties.

Use the following procedure to set the ordering method on the namespace root.

To set the ordering method for targets in 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, select an ordering method.

Folders with targets inherit the ordering method from the namespace root. You can override the ordering method by using the following procedure.

To set the ordering method for targets in 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 with targets, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Referrals tab, select the Exclude targets outside of the client's site check box.

Note

  • 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.

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