In a network environment, you deploy a cascaded Distributed File System (DFS) design.
You configure DFS links that point to network shares.
You update the network shares to which the DFS links point.
In this scenario, a Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based DFS client computer does not obtain the updated information about the link target from the DFS root. Therefore, you cannot access the correct network share.
In this scenario, you must restart the client computer to update the information about the DFS link target.
This problem occurs if the DFS cache is not updated.
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. 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.
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To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP SP2 installed.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows XP with SP2, x86-based versions
To work around this problem, update the DFS cache by running the following command:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
If you have to create more than 5,000 links in a domain-based DFS namespace, you can create multiple DFS namespaces that meet the recommended sizes. Then, you can link these namespaces together. This method is known as a cascaded DFS design, and the links that point to another namespace are called interlinks.
For more information about DFS, visit the following Microsoft Web site: