You can create a new namespace when you install the DFS Namespaces role service by using the Add Roles Wizard or Add Role Service Wizard of Server Manager. Or you can use the following procedure to create a namespace after installing the role service.

To create a namespace
  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DFS Management.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the Namespaces node, and then click New Namespace.

  3. Follow the instructions in the New Namespace Wizard.

    To create a stand-alone namespace on a failover cluster, specify the name of a clustered file server instance on the Namespace Server page of the New Namespace Wizard.


    Do not attempt to create a domain-based namespace using the Windows Server 2008 mode unless the forest functional level is Windows Server 2003 or higher. Doing so can result in a namespace for which you cannot delete DFS folders, yielding the following error message: “The folder cannot be deleted. Cannot complete this function.”