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I remember changing the DNS Server just before this happened... anyway the problem is that if I try to login to the server locally, or over terminal services... The whole machine locks up.

Then I have to reboot to get everyone back online.

Once the box has rebooted and is sitting on the login screen, the network is fine. Network domain users can login and use shares etc.... Only when I try to login locally or thru TS, there are big problems.

Perhaps something else to do with this? I had been printing a lot, some big 3.8 gig print jobs over the weekend... I had just finished a smaller job when I tried to login over TS, and it locked up..

Any ideas would be golden!

thanks,

Paul.
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Hello.
-I think what is happening is that something in your profile is trying to load and locking up the CPU, or something similar to this effect.
1. Open a connection to the admin share on the server and rename your user profile.
Example.  
1. run \\server\c$
2. documents and settings\admnistrator to documents and settings\admnistrator.OLD
3. Login as administrator.
4. Make sure the primary dns server specified in tcp settings point to an ADDNS DC.
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Is there any way to change the DNS server from another machine... If I login to TS or locally the box freezes up...?

Cheers,

Paul.
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I'm logging in now. I get a number of error messages:

Windows Script Host:
Loading Script:
\\ourdomain.vic.edu.au\sysvol\ourdomain.vic.edu.au\policies\{numbers}\User\Scripts\Logon\mapprinters.vbs failed (Configuration information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable or access has been denied.

This error occurs for ALL logon scripts.

Whilst there errors are on the screen the desktop remains blank... and the taskbar is unusable... I have just clicked OK on all the errors... and im still waiting for the desktop to appear... currently its just plain blue... Taskbar non responsive.

Thanks,

Paul.
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Hello,
You havent mentioned anything about my profile suggestion. If you think that is too radical, create a new domain admin account using remote administration tools from an NT machine. Log with that account.
-You cab use netsh to change tpc settings on a nic of a remote comupter.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/netsh_ras.asp
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The machine offered the same symptoms logging in with different accounts that utilise different profiles...

I think this may be a DNS issue.

Thanks,

Paul.
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Hey Paul,
I hear you... I dont disagree about the DNS thing because it is critical to windows.
-Have you concidered a repair installation or restore of WINNT & SYSTEM32 folders?
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It does appear to be a DNS problem... I'm still getting slight delays logging in, but at least the box is not locking up.

Thanks!!

Paul.
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What changed?
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I had changed the DNS server to another one on our network... not the one on the actual PDC itself.. A Linux one... non dynamic.

I logged in and it took about 20 minutes to do so, but once it had done, I changed the DNS back and rebooted. Everything seems to be in order now!

Thanks,

Paul.
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Good stuff!
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