- You have a Windows Server 2003-based member server.
- On the member server, you try to access a Distributed File System (DFS) root in the DFS Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.
You may experience this issue if the following conditions are true:
- The member server that hosted the DFS root was taken offline. Additionally, the member server computer account was deleted.
- A new member server is brought online that uses the same computer name as the member server that was taken offline.
- Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Distributed File System.
- In the console tree, click the DFS root.
- In the details pane, right-click the problematic DFS root target, and then click Remove Target.
- Click Yes when you receive the following error message:The following error occurred during deleting the DFS root on server_name.
Do you want to forcibly remove the DFS root?
Element not found.
- In the console tree, right-click the DFS root, and then click New Root Target.
- Type the server name, or click Browse to find the server.
- Follow the instructions in the New Root Wizard to add the DFS root target.
- Exit the DFS MMC snap-in.
- Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
- On the View menu, click Advanced Features.
- In the console tree, expand System, and then click Dfs-Configuration.
- In the details pane, right-click DomainDFS, and then click Properties.
- Click the Security tab, and then click Account Unknown in the Group or user names list.
- Click Remove, and then click OK.
- Exit the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.
Article ID: 940840 - Last Review: Feb 4, 2008 - Revision: 1