[Samba] DFS strange behavior
bruno.guerreiro at ine.pt
Mon Jul 23 04:12:27 MDT 2012
Im facing a strange (?) behavior in MS office applications while
working on a DFS share that only appeared after we migrated from Samba
3.0.14 to samba 3.5.10.
Server-loc1 and server-loc2 have two shares : data and data$
data points to a dfs root share in which exists a directory for
multiple geographic locations which are a msdfs link, loc1 points
to \\server-loc1\data$ and loc2 points to \\server-loc2\data$
data$ is a local directory
Both shares get mapped:
R: -> \\server-loc1\data
P: -> \\server-loc1\\data$
If a user browses R:\ he will see two directories loc1 and
loc2, and that way he can access either location.
So, if he clicks on r:\loc1\ he will be taken to r:\loc1 which is in
This works just fine in almost every application except those in office
If the user browses R inside any MS Office application, if he clicks in
r:\loc1 the location switchs to P:
This causes issues mainly in linked documents, as the link reference
becomes P: instead of R:\loc1, preventing users at loc2 from accessing
the links, since at loc2 P:\ is equivalent to R:\loc2, not R:\loc1
Is this the expected behavior?
Sorry if this is too confusing. If anyone can help, but needs
clarification Ill be glad to try to explain it in another way.
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