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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 26, 2018

Netserver(QNTC) support of DFS Paths

The QNTC piece of IFS does not recognize Distributed File Systems (DFS) paths.

Use Case:

We have many QNTC references pointing to network file server shares and our Windows servers support team more shares around between different servers as part of server maintenance.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 3, 2022
    QNTC support of DFS paths is available in IBM i 7.5.

    Additional information can be found at the following URL:
  • Guest
    Sep 7, 2021

    We understand this requirement.

  • Guest
    Jun 29, 2020

    We have also been notified our Windows team that they are transitioning to DFS shares as well. We also depend heavily on these shares for our daily operations.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Richy Peebles
    Sr IBM i Administrator/Analyst/CNC
    Turner Industries Group, LLC
    8687 United Plaza Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Phone: 225.214.2189
    Cell: 225.274.5217

  • Guest
    Mar 13, 2020

    We make extensive use of QNTC. Our Windows team is in the process of transitioning all of their shares to use DFS. Lack of DFS support in IBMi will be crippling for us.

  • Guest
    Aug 20, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. This is another way to bring IBM i into support of other development communities and networking.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Feb 8, 2019

    Our Windows team is moving all of their shares to DFS. IBMi support for this is absolutely vital for us.

  • Guest
    Mar 27, 2018

    Thank you for submitting this request and we agree that it is desirable to use DFS pathing.

    We will need to research the SMB protocol regarding the use of DFS paths and the impacts to the current architecture of the QNTC file system to use DFS pathing.