How to enable Access-based Enumeration for a Distributed File System (DFS) share in Windows Server 2008

Article ID: 961658 – Last Review: January 21, 2009 – Revision: 1.0

How to enable Access-based Enumeration for a Distributed File System (DFS) share in Windows Server 2008

INTRODUCTION

This article describes how to enable Access-based Enumeration for a Distributed File System (DFS) share in Windows Server 2008.

MORE INFORMATION

Access-based Enumeration in Windows Server 2008 is available only when you are running a stand-alone namespace on a Windows Server 2008-based server or when you are running a domain namespace in Windows Server 2008 mode. Windows Server 2008 mode is available only when the domain functional level is Windows Server 2008, and all namespace servers are running Windows Server 2008.

In Windows Server 2003, Access-based Enumeration is a separate installation and can be enabled through the properties of a share. In Windows Server 2008, Access-based Enumeration is available only on a DFS namespace. If you want to enable Access-based Enumeration on a share as you can in Windows Server 2003, create a stand-alone DFS namespace that points to the folder that you want to share.

For more information about how to enable Access-based Enumeration (ABE) for a Distributed File System (DFS) share in Windows Server 2008, follow these steps:

  1. Install the DFS namespace role.
  2. Create a DFS namespace (stand-alone or domain-based).
  3. At a command prompt, type the following command to enable Access-based enumeration in the namespace:
    dfsutil property abde enable namespace

    Note The namespace placeholder is either server namespace or domain namespace.

  4. Set the appropriate security for the DFS folder by changing the Access Control Lists (ACLs). To do this, type the following command at a command prompt:
    dfsutil property acl ACL_command

    Note The ACL_command placeholder represents any of the following:

    • Grant
    • Deny
    • Revoke
    • Set
    • Reset
    • Control

For more information about this command, type the following commands at the command prompt:

dfsutil property acl /?
dfsutil property acl ACL_command /?

APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
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