DFS Servers

Files on a server are not visible

  • Problem: Files on a server are not visible when connected using a Mapped Network Drive, but were visible when using a Mac. Most likely, all the files are there, but the Windows Explorer cannot see them because of an illegal file name.
  • Cause: Incompatible characters in the name of a file or multiple files. Windows Explorer may be unable to read files that have accented letters in their name, or have one or more of these characters:
    \ / : * ? " < > |
  • Solutions:
  1. Access the folder in question from a Mac and remove any illegal characters from the filenames. One invalid file name could make an entire folder to appear blank.
  2. Try accessing the folder using NetStorage http://go.middlebury.edu/files - you might be able tot remove the invalid characters.
  • List of invalid/illegal characters in file names:
\ / : * ? " < > |
Accented characters of certain encoding.

Recovering Files From a DFS Server Using Windows Explorer on a PC

  • TODO

Changing Folder Permissions on DFS Servers

  • TODO
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