Solved Domain network share query

September 10, 2012 at 22:53:02
Specs: Windows server 2008 R2 x64, Intel Xeon 3.8/8gb
Hi guys,

I recently set up a domain network with a file/print server, 2 DC's and another server. I am wondering if it would be possible to setup the fileserver in a way as to have the user connect to \\groupdata rather than \\fileserver\data\groupdata.


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September 13, 2012 at 06:39:39
Then you would want to consider DFS though nothing you mentioned would have pointed me in that direction. It's not something you usually engage with a few shares/servers.

You also need to understand there is no relationship between shares and DNS. You will note in DNS you have hosts not shares. In other words if you could assign a ip address to a folder than you could make a dns entry. Since you can't then you can't

http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/...

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September 12, 2012 at 12:52:17
You will never be able to set as \\groupdata. Do you understand why?

You can set it as \\fileserver\groupdata by sharing groupdata.

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September 12, 2012 at 17:41:45
Yeah I understand that I can't share the root of \\groupdata or \\fileserver.

I think you misunderstood.

The name of the file server is DFCSRVFS, rather than connect to \\DFCSRVFS\groupdata\data I would like to set it to connect to \\groupdata\data.
I would like to do this without changing the server name (or setting up a new server) if possible.

I was thinking this could possibly be done with a DNS lookup zone or something similar.


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September 12, 2012 at 22:23:44
Believe me I don't misundestand. Anything after the \\ is the server name.

What you are asking for is I want 1234 Broadway but you don't want to signify what city or state it is in. Doesn't work with a postal letter and it won't work in networking. Syntax is server than the share on that server

You also are not thinking in the terms of a network.

What I mean by that is a share shows up under the browsed to server as sharename. Like Astrodon for server and myshare for the share. That share maybe groupdata\data or even a long nested folder.

Users on the network only see the share name not the folders above it.

"I understand that I can't share the root of \\groupdata or \\fileserver."

Your example is not correct. \\groupdata is not a server name. Its a folder. You can share the root of \\filerserver by \\fileserver\c$ which is a default admin share or make a new share. Might want to experiment with that sometime.

there are two perspectives: one when at the server and one when looking at the server from a workstation. This is the precept you need to understand.

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#4
September 12, 2012 at 22:26:26
Sigh.

I understand how sharing works, my question was about an alias or something similar.


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September 13, 2012 at 06:39:39
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Then you would want to consider DFS though nothing you mentioned would have pointed me in that direction. It's not something you usually engage with a few shares/servers.

You also need to understand there is no relationship between shares and DNS. You will note in DNS you have hosts not shares. In other words if you could assign a ip address to a folder than you could make a dns entry. Since you can't then you can't

http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/...

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#6
September 13, 2012 at 17:25:06
Thanks for your responses, I actually figured out a way to do what I intended..
I set up a new DNS host called groupdata and pointed it to 192.168.1.5 (My Fileserver). Now browsing to \\groupdata is the same as browsing to \\192.168.1.5

This does what I intended it to do.

While your answers didn't directly help me solve my problem, it did lead to some valuable information about the DFS (I may implement this at some point in the near future), therefore I will set #5 as the best answer.

Thanks heaps mate!


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#7
September 17, 2012 at 12:55:41
When you double your host entries for a single server, name resolution gets broken.

Your solution will cause problems. Best of luck.

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