Add a target

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To add a target

  1. Open Distributed File System.

  2. In the console tree, click the DFS link to which you want to assign a target.

  3. On the Action menu, click New Target.

  4. Under Path to target (shared folder), enter the name of a shared folder, or click Browse to select from the list of available shared folders.

  5. If you are adding the target to a domain root, click Add this target to the replication set to enable automatic file replication for the target.

  6. If you are not enabling automatic file replication, you must manually copy files to the new target from other targets.


  • In order to make changes to an existing DFS namespace, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the server hosting the namespace. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open DFS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Distributed File System.

  • The folder that you specify as the target must be an existing shared folder.

  • To remove a target, select the target, open the Action menu, and click Remove Target.

  • This procedure for adding a target should not be used for adding the first target. The first target is added when you create the DFS link.

  • If a link points to another domain DFS, it cannot point to any other targets. To add a target in this case, you must add it to the targeted DFS and not to the link itself.

  • Automatic file replication through the File Replication service is only available with domain DFS.

  • When working with shared folders, use NTFS and file sharing permissions to secure the folder and any subfolders so that only authorized users can access them.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Delete a DFS root, root target, link, or target
Adding a target
Securing shared resources
Set permissions on a shared resource
Set, view, change, or remove permissions on files and folders