Add Namespace Servers to a Domain-based DFS Namespace

Updated: October 16, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

You can increase the availability of a domain-based namespace by specifying additional namespace servers to host the namespace. To do so using DFS Management, use the following procedure.


To add a namespace server by using Windows PowerShell, use the New-DfsnRootTarget cmdlet. The DFSN Windows PowerShell module was introduced in Windows Server 2012.

To add a namespace server to a domain-based namespace

  1. Click Start , point to Administrative Tools , and then click DFS Management .

  2. In the console tree, under the Namespaces node, right-click a domain-based namespace, and then click Add Namespace Server .

  3. Enter the path to another server, or click Browse to locate a server.


This procedure is not applicable for stand-alone namespaces because stand-alone namespaces support only a single namespace server. To increase the availability of a stand-alone namespace, specify a failover cluster as the namespace server in the New Namespace Wizard.

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