Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

RPC Server Is Unavailable when working with Group Policies

Posted on 2006-07-17
12
7,110 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
OK, I have seen several other answers on this, but I am not getting any different results after trying or looking into every one that seems to make sense to me (yes, I realize all things are relative). So, please forgive, what is sure to be an easy question to many of you, but when I go into GPMC and run the GP Results Wizard, I get the message "RPC Server is Unavailable." I have made sure that the RPC service is running on the DC and tried to select many different machines within the domain, with the same problem. Where should I look now?

Just in case this impacts anything in any way, the topology is this: Site 1=SBS 2003 Standard and PDC connected to sites 2 and three via VPN; Site 2 = Windows 2003 Standard as DC, primarily for DFS; and Site 3 = Windows 2003 Standard as DC, primarily for DFS.

Hope that someone can point me in a direction that works. I hate giving up, but I am wasting everyone's time around here while I try to figure it out.

Thanks,
Blaine
0
Comment
Question by:ber8630
  • 8
  • 4
12 Comments
 
LVL 74

Accepted Solution

by:
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 500 total points
ID: 17132904
Generally I've seen this error occur when workstations were not added to the domain using the connectcomputer wizard, or have been moved from the default OU of MyBusiness\Computers\SBSComputers.

If either of these is the case you need to correct that.  If they have been moved from the default OU, they need to be moved back.  If the computer was not joined to the domain properly, then follow these steps to fix:

The following needs to be done with the client machine:
1.  Log in with THAT machine's LOCAL administrator account.
2.  Unjoin the domain into a WORKGROUP
3.  Change the name of the computer
4.  Delete or rename the following directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Clients if it exists
5.  Make sure that the network settings are configured to get an IP address automatically (DHCP enabled)
6.  Reboot

Then on the server, from the Server Management Console:
1.  Remove the client computers if it still shows in the Client Computer screen on the Server Management Console
2.  Add the client with it's NEW name using the Add Computer wizard

Then, go back to the client machine and join the domain by opening Internet Explorer and navigating to http://servername/connectcomputer

If neither of those two items are true in your situation, then try running "gpresult" from the command line with /U and /S switches to see if you can retreive results that way.  

Otherwise, please check the event logs on both the server and workstations to see if there are any USERENV errors or any errors which could be related to this.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0
 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17133788
Great! I will give it a try this evening sometime, as long nothing else pops up. I will let you know the progress.

Thansk,
Blaine
0
 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17209554
I have not forgotten you, I have been out of town for the last week and trying to play catch up.

Thanks!!!
Blaine
0
Networking for the Cloud Era

Join Microsoft and Riverbed for a discussion and demonstration of enhancements to SteelConnect:
-One-click orchestration and cloud connectivity in Azure environments
-Tight integration of SD-WAN and WAN optimization capabilities
-Scalability and resiliency equal to a data center

 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17293094
Sorry for taking so long, but I wanted to give due diligence to your suggestions. I have done everything you selected on several machines--to the letter. It does not matter what I do. I have also noticed that when I try to use the DFS MMC, I get the same error, "RPC is unavailable." So, I am increasing the points, because it seems to be affecting more than just the RSOP part of the GPMC. I was able to use the command gpresult to get the problem resolved with a couple of the machines, but as I try to trouble shoot other parts of my novice avility, the RSOP would be helpful. Of course, the DFS not working, makes me think something bigger is going on.

THANKS!!!!!
Blaine
0
 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17449894
Just checking to see if anyone is still out there on this. I may have to break down and call MS.
0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 17456441
Did you join your remote servers to your domain following the steps outlined here:  http://sbsurl.com/addserver?

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0
 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17456597
I have tried it using wizards as described here and using the DCPROMO command. Did not get any different results. In fact, I did one of each to see. Does that help narrow it down any?

Thanks!!
Blaine
0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 17456701
Not really, since there are more steps listed in the paper than that... such as making sure that the time service is configured correctly.

Do you have GPMC SP1 installed?
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=21813

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0
 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17456880
I shall go re-read the document again and get back with you. Thanks for sticking with me on this.

Blaine
0
 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17547249
Again, thanks for the help and effort. This seems to be more closely related to the firewall. I can manually disable the Norton Antivirus Worm Protection and the RPC and RSOP start to work appropriately.

thanks,
Blaine
0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 17547747
Seems as though that was the finding of someone with this same issue:  http://geekswithblogs.net/jemimus/archive/2005/01/19/20374.aspx

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0
 

Author Comment

by:ber8630
ID: 17547894
Thanks, good comments.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
*** Hardware Malfunction Dell T610 7 114
SBS 2011 File Replication Services Question 3 57
SBS 2011. One user has no X400 email address 4 47
Exchange 2007 3 47
A lot of problems and solutions are available on the net for the error message "Source server does not meet minimum requirements for migration" while performing a migration from Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008. This error pops up just before …
I work for a company that primarily works with small businesses as their outsourced IT vendor. As such the majority of these customers utilize some version of Small Business Server. Due to the economics of running a small business, many of these cus…
Microsoft Active Directory, the widely used IT infrastructure, is known for its high risk of credential theft. The best way to test your Active Directory’s vulnerabilities to pass-the-ticket, pass-the-hash, privilege escalation, and malware attacks …
In a recent question (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29004105/Run-AutoHotkey-script-directly-from-Notepad.html) here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to run an AutoHotkey script (.AHK) directly from Notepad++ (aka NPP). This video…

860 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question