DFS-N: Client Side DFS Folder Availability Monitor

  • ID:  Microsoft.Windows.FileServer.DFSN.Client.HealthStateUnitMonitor
  • Description:  This rule accesses DFS folders (links) from a client computer and enters a Critical health state if the folders are inaccessible.
  • Target:  DFS Client Computer
  • Enabled:  Yes

Operational States

Name State Description
Accessible Success  
NotAccessible Error  

Overridable Parameters

Parameter Name Default Value Description Override
IntervalSeconds 3600  
SyncTime    
UNCPaths    
TimeoutSeconds 300  

Run As Profiles

Name
DFS Paths Access Account

Monitor Knowledgebase

Summary

This rule monitors the availability of DFS folders (links) by accessing them from a client computer and enters a Critical health state if the folders are inaccessible.

Causes

This monitor enters a Critical health state if it is enabled and cannot access any of the paths listed in the UNCPaths parameter of the monitor. This can occur if the client computer on which the monitor is enabled could not resolve the DFS paths to the actual folder target or if the folder target is offline or inaccessible.

Resolutions

Click the Client Alerts view in the Operations console to see which paths are not accessible and then perform the following actions:

Check Namespace Health

Use the Dfsdiag /testreferral command to check the health of a namespace. To do so in the Operations console, use the following procedure:

  • Click the Dfsdiag task.

  • Click Override in the Run Task – DFSDiag dialog box.

  • Type /testreferral /dfspath:\\<namespace> in the DfsServerTask.CommandLine box, where <namespace> is the namespace root.

  • Confirm that the all tests report Success or are known, non-critical conditions.

If any tests fail, escalate the resolution of this problem to a technician who can troubleshoot DFS Namespaces issues.

Verification

To verify that the folder (link) and folder targets are functioning properly, use the Dfsutil link command. To do so in the Operations console, use the following procedure:

1. Click the Dfsutil task.

2. Click Override in the Run Task – DFSUTIL dialog box.

3. Type link \\<namespace>\<folder> in the DfsServerTask.CommandLine box, where <namespace> is the namespace root and <folder> is the DFS folder whose folder targets you would like to verify are online.

4. Confirm that the state of the folder is OK and that the states of the appropriate targets are Online.

If the link (folder) is not OK, escalate the resolution of this problem to a technician who can troubleshoot DFS Namespaces issues. If the folder target is Offline, troubleshoot the server hosting the folder target.

External References
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