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Hide 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 hide a DFS root

  1. Open Distributed File System.

  2. In the console tree, click the DFS root.

  3. On the Action menu, click Hide Root.

  4. A dialog box will appear, asking if you want to hide the root. Click Yes.


  • 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.

  • The root is removed from the DFS administration tool. The distributed file system itself is not affected. User access to the root is not affected by this procedure.

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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