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**URGENT** Browsing Problem Windows 2000 Domain

Posted on 2004-09-05
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ok this is driving me nuts

Windows 2000 Server Domain Controller

very very very simple group policy

running SUS

Windows XP clients

Windows 2003 servert client

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Friday everyone was ok

no we have a problem

Windows 2000 Server and XP clients cannot browse the internet.

nslookup and domain DNS lookup appears to be fine.

only thing changed was security to a particular folder (which included the software for Windows Update Client for Rollout)
This generated errors when people were not able to access it.

the entry for this has been removed from the group policy

(removed, with option to allow computer to continue using it)

The Windows 2003 Server can surf the web (I am sitting on it now) and access the internet with out a problem. So I do not think it is a router/ issue


Have tried using System restore on a test PC to 2 weeks ago and no success.

No errors in the event logs to assist with this.

Any idea's anyone

this is affecting use of IE and Outlook for POP email.
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Does the server you are at now have a static ip address?
Is this the dns server that everyone is pointing to?

where does a tracert end when performed from a workstation?
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can you see (browse for, ping) the workstations from the server?
If not is there a switch/router that may need to be rebooted?
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by:Raybans
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ok update

everyone could ping and tracert out

everyone could do a DNS lookup

the DNS server is the Windows 2000 Domain controller.

the 2003 server is using the Windows 2000 Domain controller for its DNS and can access web pages

It al suddenly started working and I still have no f*ng idea what I did to fix it as I was doing 1/2 a dozen things. and I dont even know if it fixed itself or if I did it?

I hate that
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Great! Glad you got it working
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ok the fix was changing the permissions on the folder that contains the installation file for windows auto update client (for use with SUS), which had been changed through error.

The timing of the problem coincides with this change

changing the permissions and placing it back in the software installation in the group policy had everything return to normal.

If anyone can give me an explanation (other then the obvious which I just said) why this would stop browsing, or a better solution to fixing the problem if this was to occur I will be awarding the points there.
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