You install the DFS Namespace role service on some computers that are running Windows Server 2008.
You create a Distributed File System (DFS) namespace and configure it in scalability mode.
You rename a DFS folder under the DFS namespace in the DFS Management Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.
In this scenario, DFS Namespace clients cannot access the renamed DFS folder. When this issue occurs, the DFS folder is renamed successfully in the DFS Namespace MMC snap-in. However, the DFS folder name on the disk of the DFS server is not updated.
Note The DFS folder name on the disk is only updated on the domain controller that has the Primary Domain Controller (PDC) Emulator operations master role.
This issue occurs because the DFS synchronization operation in scalability mode does not update the folder structure on disks when a DFS folder is renamed.
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 the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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, contact 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 Web site:
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.
To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2). Additionally, the DFS Namespace role service must be installed on the computer.
For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008
To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. You have to stop the DFS Namespace service before you install this hotfix to avoid restarting.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows Server 2008 file information notes
Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
6.0.600 2. 22xxx
Windows Server 2008
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
To work around the issue, restart the DFS Namespace service on all DFS servers.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
To configure a DFS namespace to use scalability mode, follow these steps:
Open the DFS Management MMC snap-in.
Locate the DFS namespace and then open its Properties dialog box.
Select the Advanced tab and then select the Optimize for scalability option.
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 Vista and for Windows Server 2008
Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008