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Win32_DfsNode Class

The Win32_DfsNode class represents a root or a link of a domain based or a standalone distributed file system (DFS).
Namespace value is root/CIMV2.
WMI Provider value is DFSProvider.


  • Caption
  • The Caption property is a short textual description (one-line string) of the object.

  • Description
  • The Description property provides a textual description of the object.

  • InstallDate
  • The InstallDate property is datetime value indicating when the object was installed. A lack of a value does not indicate that the object is not installed.

  • Name
  • The Name property is an identifier for the DFS node. It is same as the entry path of a node, based on the Universal Naming Convention.
    It can take one of the following two forms: \\DfsServerName\ShareName\PathToLink where - DfsServerName is the name of a server that hosts the DFS root volume, ShareName is the name of the share published on the host server, PathToLink is the path to the physical share. The PathToLink is applicable only to nodes that are DFS links.\\DomainName\FtDfsName\PathToLink where - DomainName is the name of the domain that hosts the DFS root volume, FtDfsName is the name of the fault tolerant DFS root published in the domain directory service, PathToLink is the path to the physical share. The PathToLink is applicable only to nodes that are DFS links.

  • Root
  • The Root property indicates whether the node is a DFS root or a link. A value of True indicates that the node is a root.

  • State
  • The State property indicates the status of the node.

  • Status
  • The Status property is a string indicating the current status of the object. Various operational and non-operational statuses can be defined. Operational statuses are "OK", "Degraded" and "Pred Fail". "Pred Fail" indicates that an element may be functioning properly but predicting a failure in the near future. An example is a SMART-enabled hard drive. Non-operational statuses can also be specified. These are "Error", "Starting", "Stopping" and "Service". The latter, "Service", could apply during mirror-resilvering of a disk, reload of a user permissions list, or other administrative work. Not all such work is on-line, yet the managed element is neither "OK" nor in one of the other states.

  • Timeout
  • The Timeout property indicates the time in seconds for which the client caches the referral of this node.


  • Create
  • The Create method is used to create a new instance of the Win32_DfsNode class.
    The method can return the following values:
    0 - Success.
    Other - For integer values other than those listed above, refer to Win32 error code documentation.

    Example WQL

    SELECT * FROM Win32_DfsNode
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