DFSR - How does AD and DFSR determine what server a user is connecting to ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • After setting up a DFSR shared folder users connect using the domain name \\Domain\Share.  I see connections  being made to both servers.

    How does AD deternine what server to connect to when requesting a resource ?

    Round Robin ?  

    • Moved by Tim Quan Thursday, August 20, 2009 1:40 AM (From:Clustering)
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:10 PM


  • Hi,


    Thanks for posting here.

    AD does not determine which server that DFS client connection to. When a client computer attempts to access a root or link in the namespace, a domain controller or root server provides a referral to the client. The referral contains a list of target servers. When the referral contains the targets that are in the same site as the client, these same-site targets are listed in random order. If no same-site targets exist, clients in that site do not receive a referral and cannot access that portion of the namespace.

    For more information, please refer to the section "How Target Selection Works" in "How DFS works"


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    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:08 AM
    Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:08 AM