"The file or folder does not exist" error when you try to rename or save files in a DFS namespace folder from a Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based computer

Applies to: Windows 8Windows 8 ProWindows 8 Enterprise More

Symptoms


Assume that you connect to a Distributed File System (DFS) namespace that is located on a Windows Server 2012-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based server from a Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based client computer. You try to rename or save files that are located in the secondary subdirectory. In this situation, the operation fails and you receive an error message that resembles the following: 
The file or folder does not exist.

Additionally, if a file is saved in a secondary subdirectory, the file later appears in the root directory.

For example, you try to perform the following actions to rename or save files:
  • You map the DFS namespace to drive Z.
  • You create a folder that is named d1 on drive Z, and then create another folder that is named d2 inside the d1 folder.
  • You try to rename or save files in the "Z:\d1\d2" directory.
In this situation, the operation fails and you received the error message. Additionally, if a file is saved in "Z:\d1\d2" directory, the file later appears in the "Z:" directory. 

Note This issue occurs when the name resolution from the client computer to the DFS server is not available.

Cause


This issue occurs because the Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based client computer connects to the DFS share by using the following syntax:
\\ipaddress\SHARENAME
The Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based client computer uses its own IP address to connect to the DFS share. When the computer connects to the DFS share, the server indicates that the share name is a DFS namespace. The client computer internally uses the DFS server name to track the location of the network connection. However, when the name resolution from the client computer to the DFS server is not available, the folder path is not tracked correctly.

Resolution


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.


Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2703610 "The file or folder does not exist" when renaming or saving to DFS share from a Windows 7 computer

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

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Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8 and of Windows Server 2012
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