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DFS Namespace failure

I ran into a hard to find but easy to fix issue today on a Windows 2008 R2 DFS server, the namespace suddenly lost all folder targets and displayed as an empty folder. The eventlog showed the following:


Event ID 14534, source DfsSvc: DFS Root xxxxx failed during initialization. The root will not be available.

Additionally, event ID 14503 was logged for each folder target under this namespace.

Solution: remove the server from the namespace, delete the namespace folder on the physical disk and readd the server to the namespace.


Welcome to my very first ever blog.

I’m going to use this blog to share little bits of knowledge with the world. I often run into issues that are hard or impossible to find using Google and would like to share those solutions for free.

And on occasion I’ll write scripts or more expansive articles which could be of use to others.