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Show a DFS root

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To show a DFS root

  1. Open Distributed File System.

  2. Click Distributed File System.

  3. On the Action menu, click Show Root.

  4. In the Root or host server field, type in the UNC name for an existing DFS root, or expand the list of trusting domains and click the DFS root, then click OK.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open DFS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Distributed File System.

  • To specify the DFS root, you can type either \\HostDomain\DFSRootName or \\HostServer\DFSRootName, where HostDomain is the name of the domain on which the root resides (for domain DFS), HostServer is the name of the server on which the root resides (for stand-alone DFS), and DFSRootName is the name of the root.

  • You can also show a root by typing the name of the host server alone. If the host server has a single root, DFS will show the root. If the host server has multiple roots, DFS will display a list of all the roots on the server and allow you to pick the root or roots to display. You can select more than one root by holding down the SHIFT or CTRL keys as you click.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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