DFS-N: The DFS Namespace service startup type should be set to Automatic

Published: April 27, 2010

Updated: June 30, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services






The DFS Namespace service startup type is not set to Automatic.


After restarting the server, the namespace server will be offline until you manually start the DFS Namespace service. If the server is a domain controller, domain referral and domain controller referral requests to the domain controller will fail.


Set the DFS Namespace service to start automatically.

To set the DFS Namespace service to start automatically

  1. Click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  2. Type sc config dfs start= auto.