Client support

DFS provides full support for clients to access shared resources through a DFS root share-point, as long as those clients support the underlying network structure and protocol and are DFS-aware. These clients can browse both standalone and domain-based DFS roots on the network. Both Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 4 include built-in support for browsing standalone and domain-based roots, as do Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. Windows 95 does not include any built-in DFS support, so you need to install the DFS service to enable Windows 95 clients to browse DFS roots. You'll find the DFS client for Windows 95 at www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/winfeatures/ NTSDistrFile/default.asp. With this client installed, Windows 95 clients can browse both standalone and domain-based roots.

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP clients can host a replica (even Windows 95 clients without the DFS service installed) because at that level, DFS simply represents a share-redirection mechanism. As long as the folder is shared on the client computer, any DFS-aware client can be redirected to that share. In addition, the clients don't have to be in the same domain (or in a domain at all) to host a shared folder, even with a domain-based DFS root.

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