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Article ID: 961658 - Last Review: May 27, 2009 - Revision: 2.1


This article describes how to enable Access-based Enumeration for a Distributed File System (DFS) share in Windows Server 2008.


Access-based enumeration hides files and folders that users do not have permission to access. By default, this feature is not enabled for DFS namespaces. For more information about how to enable and configure access-based enumeration for Windows Server 2008 or for Windows Server 2008 R2, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:
Enable Access-Based Enumeration on a Namespace (

Using Inherited Permissions with Access-Based Enumeration (
Note Only the command line configuration options are available in Windows Server 2008, but both the command line and the Windows interface options are available in Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
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