DFS-N: Windows Server 2008 mode can be used on the following domain-based namespace

Updated: June 30, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services






The following domain-based namespace meets the prerequisites for using the Windows Server 2008 mode, but is instead using the Windows 2000 Server mode. Namespace:


The namespace administrator cannot enable access-based enumeration of DFS folders or expand the namespace to more than 5,000 folders with targets (links). Additionally, the DFS Namespace service takes longer to start when hosting namespaces with thousands of folders with targets.


Migrate the following domain-based namespace from Windows 2000 Server mode to Windows Server 2008 mode:

To do so, see Migrate a Domain-based Namespace to Windows Server 2008 Mode