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Mobile XP clients pulling login script from remote server instead of local server

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I am having problems with traveling users pulling a logon script from a remote server

For example.  A mobile user in Florida logs unto the local network. He/She authenticates locally and gets their logon script From the local DC.  Then the user then goes to California and logs back into the network with the same laptop.  The logon script executes and the dialog box shows that it is pulling the script from a Florida DC, even while the user is now in California.

Cleint: Windows XP
Server- AD: Windows 2003

1.  What is causing this?

2.  How can I prevent this from happening. (Force the traveling user to alway get their logon script locally)
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Question by:RealBigTime
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by:Emptyone
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1. This is probably because you have not set up Site information

2. Go into Active Directory Sites and Services
    Here you will probably just find DefaultFirstSite

This step by step guide will explain how to do it

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/activedirectory/adsites.asp

It is for Windows 2000, but it is done in the same way on Windows 2003.

But be careful if you have Exchange servers. They might get problems if you move them to a different site
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by:RealBigTime
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Site information has already been properly setup setup.

I am thinking the problem may be because he still has the ip of the local subnet in Florida.  I asked him if he shutoff is laptop or placed it on standby.  He could not remember.  

The theory I am working on is that since the ip address is used to determine what site you are located, the Netlogon serivce will inaverdently determines that the Florida DC as the optimal site, sicne the user still has the ip address when they were connected on the Florida lan.
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If there are different ip ranges on the different sites, which you need to get the sites in AD to work. How can the person then connect to the Florida site from California? I asume there is a router between the networks.

But the problem you mentioned about just setting the laptop on standby is worth checking out.
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