DFS Server registry configuration values

With a DFS server there are several configuration settings which needs to be done in the registry. This blog entry is planned to be updated when I discover the use or values.

Friendly name Value name Location Default value Possible values explanation
Server Consolidation Retry  ServerConsolidationRetry  HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDfsParametersReplicated 0 0/1 Enabled the DFS consolidation root.
LogServer Consolidation LogServerConsolidation  HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDfsParametersReplicated 0 0/1 Enables logging of DFS consolidation root to find system using the paths.
Sysvol Netlogon Target Failback SysvolNetlogonTargetFailback  HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDfsParameters 0 0/1 Enables Sysvol & Netlogon Fallback.
DFS DNS Config  dfsdnsconfig  HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDfs 0 0/1 Enables FQDN referals for domainbased DFS roots.
Sync Interval In Seconds SyncIntervalInSeconds HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDfs 3600 ? Specifies how often DFS root servers and DCs should poll the PDC for changes.
DomainNameIntervalInSeconds ? ?  43200 ? How often DCs learn what DFS namespaces are available.
SiteCostedReferrals Site Costed Referrals HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetServicesDfsParameters 0 0/1 Specified on DCs for returning out of site root servers in costorder.
LdapTimeoutValueInSeconds ? ? 30 3-300 ? Undocumented Feature
MaxClientsToCache ? ? 200000 ? Number of clients the DFS server stores the computers site.
QuerySiteCostTimeoutInSeconds ? ? 30 ? How long the DFS service should wait for a response on which site the computer is.
RootReferralTimeoutInSeconds ?  ? 900 ? How long domaincontrollers should remember root servers for a namespace.
SiteSupportIntervalInSeconds ? ? 43200 ? How long before starting to remove computer to site matching
NumWorkerThreads ? ?  ? ? ? Undocumented Feature
PreferLogonDc ? ?  blank <servername> Sets the servername at the top of the referral list
ForceReferralVersionNumber ? ?  ? ? ? Undocumented Feature
AllowableErrorsValue ? ? ? ? ? Undocumented Feature
Disable Site Awareness DfsDisableSiteAwareness HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDfsParameters  0 0/1 Reduces delay in NT4 domain
Skip Resync DfsSkipResync HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDfsParameters  0 0/1 Can reduce time for import on standalone Namespace
DomainFunctionalLevelOverride ? ? ? ? Undocumented Feature
MaxSitesToCache ? ? ? ? Undocumented Feature
SiteNameLength ? ? ? ? Undocumented Feature


DFS-N: Client failback should be enabled for the Netlogon and SYSVOL folders on domain controllers

How to configure DFS to use fully qualified domain names in referrals

Disabling site awareness for Windows Server 2003 or for Windows 2000 DFS in a Windows NT 4.0 domain

The “Dfsutil /import” command takes a long time to finish when you try to import DFS links to a stand-alone DFS root on a Windows Server 2003-based computer

DFS-N: The DFS Namespaces sync interval should be set to the default value of 1 hour

How DFS Works


  1. Gary says:

    Is this instructions for creating a consolidation namespace for windows 2012?

    • Hi.
      This instruction was written on a Windows 2012 Server. Same basic steps on older versions too. I should test it on a RTM 2012R2, but Im fairly certain it will work there as is.

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