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Enable or disable referrals to a folder target

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.

By disabling a folder target's referral, you can prevent the client from ever being directed to that folder target when accessing the folder in the namespace.

To enable or disable referrals to a folder target
  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DFS Management.

  2. In the console tree, under the Namespaces node, click a folder with targets, and then click the Folder Targets tab in the details pane.

  3. Right-click the folder target, and then click one of the following options:

    • To enable the referral, select Enable Folder Target.

    • To disable the referral, select Disable Folder Target.


  • 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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