Losing connection to server

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I have about 10 stations in my building (Building A).  We are connecting through a Cisco switch.
I have one Windows 2003 server in Building A.

We are linked by fiber to another building (Building B).

We use DHCP (from  a server in Building B).
We use DNS with Active Directory.
My default gateway is in Building B.

We are losing connections when a client in A tries to connect to the sever in A.  It is very hard to figure out.  I edited my hosts file to add an entry for the server, so it shouldn't even need to consult DNS. Should I change the default gateway to the server, so everything would be in Building A???

Any help at all.  I know this is vague, but it's killing me.
Question by:dougp23
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    Accepted Solution

    If you are direct linked with fiber into the network structure in B, the gateway shouldn't matter.

    When you notice client connection loss, does it apply to all systems in A connecting to B or is it localized to one or two clients?
    When the loss occurs, have you run tracert? That could show you where the drop off is occuring

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    I am direct linked with fiber into B.  (well obviously thru routers, but as direct as you can get!!!)

    Applies to all systems in A connecting to B.
    If I run tracert, I basically get 1 hop.  (It says from this machine right to server!)

    Rebooting clients and server helps for a bit, but it will soon go downhill again....
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    Expert Comment

    Have you considered that it could a hardware problem? Are you using managed routers or switches in A that you could check the event logs on?
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    Author Comment

    well, all the switches and routers are brand new.

    i am wondering about default gateways...what if the server and client have DIFFERENT default gateways, even though they are both on the very same network (192.168.1.x).  would that matter???


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