[cifs-protocol] is it possible to rename a dfs referral target?

James Pan jmpret at yahoo.cn
Tue Nov 20 22:38:46 MST 2012

Hi everyone,
I have two servers (, running samba server. is configured as dfs root, the smb.conf file is as below:
path = /mnt/dfsroot
msdfs root = yes
then under /mnt/dfsroot on I created a dir "abc" and two links:
link1 --> msdfs:\\\dfsroot\abc
link2 --> msdfs:\\\dfsroot\abc
I created the same dir "abc" on
So if i visit \\\dfsroot\link1 or \\\dfsroot\link2 it will be refered to \\\dfsroot\abc and \\\dfsroot\abc respectively.
Now if I tried to rename \\\dfsroot\link1 it will succeed and the dir "abc" will be renamed to the newname. But if I tried to rename \\\dfsroot\link2, the request will be refused.
My question is: is it possible to rename \\\dfsroot\link2?
many thanks in advance!

Best regards,

James Pan
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