You can protect data that is part of a Distributed File System (DFS) Namespaces hierarchy. However, you cannot select shares for protection through the DFS Namespaces hierarchy. Instead, you can select shares for protection only by their target paths.
If your namespace includes roots or links that have multiple targets with the same data, we recommend that you protect only one of the targets. Protecting multiple targets with the same data is redundant.
The following illustration shows DPM protection of a DFS Namespaces target.
Protecting a DFS Namespaces Target by Using DPM
When end-user recovery is enabled for a protected target, users can access previous versions of files through the DFS Namespaces hierarchy. When end users attempt to access previous versions of files on a share that has multiple targets, DPM transparently directs them to the protected target.