DFS-N: The namespace server should be enabled on the following namespace

Published: April 27, 2010

Updated: July 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.


Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services





The server is a namespace server for the following namespace, but is not enabled. Namespace:

If no other namespace servers are available, client computers will not be able to access the following namespace:

Use DFS Management or the Dfsutil command-line tool to enable all namespace servers, or to remove permanently disabled servers from the namespace.

To enable or disable a namespace server in Windows Server 2008 R2, use one of the following procedures:

  1. In DFS Management, select the appropriate namespace, and then click the Namespace Servers tab.

  2. Right-click the appropriate namespace server, and then click Enable Namespace Server.

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window.

  2. Type Dfsutil Property State online<DfsPath>, where <DfsPath> is the UNC path of the shared resource on the disabled namespace server that hosts the namespace root (for example \\srv3\public).

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