DFS-N: Client-Side DFS Folder Availability Monitor

  • ID:  Microsoft.Windows.DfsPathClientSideMonitor
  • Description:  This object accesses DFS folders (links) from a client computer and enters a Critical health state if the folders are inaccessible.
  • Target:  DFS Client Computer
  • Enabled:  No

Operational States

Name State Description
Accessible Success  
NotAccessible Error  

Overridable Parameters

Parameter Name Default Value Description Override
Interval Seconds 7200  
Synchronization Time    
Timeout 600  
DFS Paths    

Run As Profiles

Name
Default

Monitor Knowledgebase

Summary

This object 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. This monitor won’t run unless DFS Client Computer Discovery is enabled (it’s disabled by default).

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

To resolve this issue, use the following procedure:

1. In the Operations console, click the Client Alerts view to determine which paths are not accessible.

2. Open a command prompt window and then use the Dfsutil cache referral flush command to flush the DFS referral cache on the client computer.

3. Use the dfsdiag /testreferral/dfspath:\\<namespace> command to check the health of a namespace, where <namespace> is the namespace root. Confirm that 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.

To verify that the folder (link) and folder targets are functioning properly, use the following procedure:

1. Open a command prompt window and then use the Dfsutil link\\<namespace>\<folder> command, where <namespace> is the namespace root and <folder> is the DFS folder whose folder targets you would like to verify are online (this command is not available on Windows Server 2003).

2. Confirm that the state of the folder is OK and that the states of the appropriate targets are Online, and then reset the monitor in the Operations console.

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
This monitor does not contain any external references.

See Also for DFS Namespaces Monitoring Management Pack


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