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JSI Tip 0512 - How can I MAP ROOT?

If you use the Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) in a narrow way, you can simulate Netware's MAP ROOT.

If the users home directories are in a folder called Users, you can set the Users share as the root of the DFS. You will then be able to issue a

net use <Drive:> \\<DFSserver>\Users\UserName1 even though Users is the share point.

You can also use the \\<DFSserver>\Users\UserName1 format to map drives from within Explorer.

You must have SP3 (or later) installed on all Windows NT machines for this to work.

Do NOT set Users as a Leaf in a DFS tree, as a bug in DFS will prevent you from accessing the DFS root.

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