Disabling the "Make Available Offline" Functionality for DFS Shares

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SYMPTOMS

Because of issues with Distributed File System (DFS) and Offline Folders, a hotfix has been created to provide the ability to disable the Make files Available Offline command on the shortcut menu when a user right-clicks a file or folder on a DFS share.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   ------------------------------------------------------
   Jul-26-2001  13:38  5.0.2195.3942  101,136  Cscdll.dll
				


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To enable this functionality, edit the registry as follows:
  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Locate and click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache
  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
    Value name: NoDfsEnabled
    Data type: REG_DWORD
    Radix: Hexadecimal
    Value data: 0x1
  4. Quit Registry Editor.

WORKAROUND

In a Windows 2000-based DFS environment you can prevent a share from being made available offline by opening the share's properties, clicking Cache, and then clearing the check box to make files available offline. You cannot do this in a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based environment, so you must use the hotfix in this situation.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about how to obtain a hotfix for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265173 Datacenter Program and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Product
For additional information on how to install multiple hotfixes with only one reboot, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
296861 Use QChain.exe to Install Multiple Hotfixes with One Reboot
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

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Article ID: 302934 - Last Review: October 24, 2013 - Revision: 3.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 2
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