Windows SBS2003 - The Remote Procedure Call Failed...

Windows Small Business Server 2003 with SP1 with ISA 2004
(and all updates to 6th April 2006)

This was a fully working server until 1st April 2006 with no changes and all theses problems just started…

Problems:

1. Server Management Console:
From the tree list on the left the following items do not show up any data on the right hand side:
Users
Client Computers
Server Computers
Printers
Distribution Groups
Security Groups
User Templates


2. Active Directory
If you try and edit the users in Active Directory you get this error message:

Box Title:
Microsoft Active Directory – Exchange Extension
Box Content:
The Remote Procedure Call Failed
Facility: Win32
ID no: c00706be
Microsoft Active Directory – Exchange Extension


3. Event Viewer Errors

Event Viewer Application:

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Userenv
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      1053
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:16:24
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
Windows cannot determine the user or computer name. (The remote procedure call failed. ). Group Policy processing aborted.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      ESENT
Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
Event ID:      215
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:06:41
User:            N/A
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
tcpsvcs (5936) The backup has been stopped because it was halted by the client or the connection with the client failed.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


Event Viewer Directory Service

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      NTDS General
Event Category:      Global Catalog
Event ID:      1126
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:18:08
User:            NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
Active Directory was unable to establish a connection with the global catalog.
 
Additional Data
Error value:
1355 The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.
Internal ID:
3200c67
 
User Action:
Make sure a global catalog is available in the forest, and is reachable from this domain controller.  You may use the nltest utility to diagnose this problem.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


Event Type:      Warning
Event Source:      NTDS General
Event Category:      Global Catalog
Event ID:      1655
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:18:08
User:            NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
Active Directory attempted to communicate with the following global catalog and the attempts were unsuccessful.
 
Global catalog:
\\<Server Name>.<Domain Name>.local
 
The operation in progress might be unable to continue. Active Directory will use the domain controller locator to try to find an available global catalog server.
 
Additional Data
Error value:
1726 The remote procedure call failed.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


Event Viewer System

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      DhcpServer
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      1014
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:06:40
User:            N/A
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
 The following problem occurred with the Jet database -1032:  Jet database read or write operations failed. If the computer  or database has just been upgraded, then this message can be  safely ignored. If this message appears frequently, either there  is not enough disk space to complete the operation or the database  or backup database may be corrupt.  To correct this problem,  either free additional space on your hard disk or restore the  database. After you restore the database, ensure that conflict  detection is enabled in DHCP server properties. For information  about restoring the database, see Help and Support Center.  Additional Debug Information: JetBackup.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
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Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      DhcpServer
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      1016
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:06:40
User:            N/A
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
The DHCP service encountered the following error when  backing up the database:
An error occurred while accessing the DHCP database. Look at the
DHCP server event log for more information on this error.


For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 2d 4e 00 00               -N..    


Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      DhcpServer
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      1010
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:06:41
User:            N/A
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
The DHCP service encountered the following error while cleaning  up the database:
An error occurred while accessing the DHCP database. Look at the
DHCP server event log for more information on this error.


For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 2d 4e 00 00               -N..    


Event Type:      Warning
Event Source:      DhcpServer
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      1056
Date:            06/04/2006
Time:            14:08:49
User:            N/A
Computer:      <Server Name>
Description:
The DHCP service has detected that it is running on a DC and has  no credentials configured for use with Dynamic DNS registrations  initiated by the DHCP service.   This is not a recommended security configuration.   Credentials for Dynamic DNS registrations may be configured using the command line "netsh dhcp server set dnscredentials" or via the DHCP Administrative tool.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00               ....    


4. DHCP Console

Once the DHCP Console is open you are able to add the Server but as soon as you click on the server you get a red X on it and on the right hand side it says:

The Error Was: The Remote Procedure Call Failed

5. To do list wizards
The wizard “Connect to the Internet” fails on the first step configuring network, with no additional information.


Conclusion:

Baring in mind I have already rebuilt the DNS according to the Microsoft Article(s), As lots of articles were pointing to a dodgy DNS server, or networking problems. But still not joy.

I think the Remote Procedure Call Failed, but on a serious note does anyone have a solution or solutions, other than a Rebuild?
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MazaraatCommented:
Can you post how yoru DNS is now configured, almost all of those errors can be attributed to incorrect DNS.

 List how you NIC on the server by going to cmd and doing ipconfig /all, post here.  

Then go to your DNS mmc and check your server properties what is configured for listening, forwarders, name servers tabs.  lastly check the properties of the zone, is it active directory integrated?, whats listed in name servers and wins.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Even though you've already rebuilt your DNS it looks as though you are missing an entry for the GC.  If you are not familiar with rebuilding DNS, I'd suggest that you consider either a SYSTEM STATE restore if you have a backup from before the problems started happening, or a complete reinstallation of the OS.

Otherwise I'll look at your DNS posting after you've made that.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
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BarryCoeAuthor Commented:
First Step - NIC Information:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : <Server Name>
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : <Domain Name>.local
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : <Domain Name>.local

PPP adapter RAS Server (Dial In) Interface:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-53-45-00-00-00
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.16
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Ethernet adapter Wide Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NETGEAR FA311/FA312 PCI Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0F-B5-F5-B3-35
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.254.2
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.254.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Network Connection
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-12-3F-48-65-60
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2
   Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>
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MazaraatCommented:
I would recommend not having the DNS servers listed on the External facing connection (192.168.254.2).  YOu don't need it on that connection...it can also cause weird DNS problems.  
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BarryCoeAuthor Commented:
Second Step -  DNS Information:

General Stuff:
Type: Active-Directory Intergrated

Interfaces Tab:
Only listern on the following IP address - 192.168.1.2

Forwarders Tab:
DNS Domain - All other DNS domains
Selected Domain's forwarder IP address list - 195.112.4.4 & 195.112.4.7


Forward Lookup Propities Propities:

Name Servers Tab:
<Server Name>.<Domain Name>.local - 192.168.1.2

WINS Tab:
Use WINS forward lookup - 192.168.1.2


Reverse Lookup Propities
Name Servers Tab:
<Server Name>.<Domain Name>.local - 192.168.1.2*

WINS-R Tab:
(all unticked and greyed out)
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BarryCoeAuthor Commented:
I have just found a new error, this time the error appeard after opening an MMC. The error code may help or not.

Box Title:
Microsoft Active Directory – Exchange Extension
Box Content:
The Remote Procedure Call Failed
Facility: Win32
ID no: 800706be
Microsoft Active Directory – Exchange Extension

Again on a quick search, its due to the Remote Procedure Call
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BarryCoeAuthor Commented:
WOOT WOOT - all fixed!

Well this is something you don't expect to be affecting it.

ISA2004! I should have known better as I have come across a similar situation before, and this also required the same fix!

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/MS_Office/Outlook/Q_21660803.html 

There is a simple fix/work around:
1. Make sure you are using the latest updates for ISA2000 and ISA2004
2. Disable the RPC filter under ISA Management Add-Ins Folder
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MazaraatCommented:
ACK!
I too had problem with ISA 2004 until I installed the latest SP....well I'm glad your up and running now =)
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BarryCoeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your time guys, it just goes to show, we can all go off down the wrong road, and it's just a matter of time before we find our way back on track.
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GranModCommented:
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PceledonCommented:
Will recommend to check your hardware connectivity. This random issues are, sometimes, due a faulty switch or interface card on the affected server.
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VenabiliCommented:
This question had been solved by the Asker year and a half ago... See the comment that starts with "WOOT WOOT - all fixed!"
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fceledonCommented:
THIS particular problem was solved through the ISA server patch, however i had the same symptoms on my network, the problem was a network card with random errors, loosing packages sometimes during authetications other using network shares.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Okay, but why do you have two accounts?  That's not allowed on EE.  

Venabili, can you please take care of that?
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VenabiliCommented:
:) Yeah - reporting to CS
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