Clients using Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 might have problems following DFS junctions over CIFS because of a defect in Windows. (This problem exhibits itself in a pure Windows environment.) When using DFS with NetWare CIFS, the CIFS server and Windows clients are on different IP subnets. In this case, the client must have a way to resolve the CIFS server name in order for DFS to work. This is a Microsoft/CIFS requirement, not a NetWare CIFS requirement.
NOTE:This problem does not affect Windows clients that use the Novell Client™.
There are multiple ways the client can resolve the CIFS server name:
Install the Novell Client on the client machine.
Configure both the client and server for the same WINS server
Configure both the client and server to use the same DNS server
Modify the lmhosts file for all client computers with appropriate entries for any volumes on OES NetWare servers that use DFS junctions
To modify the lmhosts file on a client:
In a text editor, open the lmhosts file.
Windows 2000: c:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\lmhosts
Windows XP: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\lmhosts
If you do not have an lmhosts file, use the lmhosts.sam file as an example.
For each volume the user connects to that has a DFS junction, add a line at the end of the file that identifies the IP address and NetBIOS name of the data server where the volume resides.
Replace 192.168.1.1 with the actual IP address and servername with the host name of your server.
For example, suppose you have the following server with VOL1 that contains one or more DFS junctions:
Server IP address: 10.10.1.1
Server name: USERSVR
NetBIOS server name: USERSVR-W
Volume name: VOL1
The line you add to the lmhosts file would be:
Save and close the lmhosts file.
On each client, map a network drive to the user’s data volume.
Continuing the example above, the user could map to \\10.10.1.1\VOL1 or to \\USERSVR-W\VOL1.
In the Windows Explorer file manager, click.
In Folder, type one of the following:
Replace 192.168.1.1 with the actual IP address or servername with the host name of your server.