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SBS2003 SP2 - Remote Desktop Not Working After SP2 Installation

Installed Windows 2003 Server SP2 on my SBS2003 server. Remote Desktop has ceased to function. Found out that this is a common problem. Downloaded and installed a package to fix it from Microsoft, didn't work, found a solution talking about optimised networking features: "In most of the cases we've seen, updating the NIC drivers fixes the issue, but there are a significant portion of these cases where RSS and TCP Chimney Offload (TaskOffload) need to be disabled via the registry as well." My NIC is very old and there are no updated drivers for it. I've checked the registry entries mentioned in the fixes and work arounds and they are set as required to disable these new features. They're not working and I can't find anything else on the Internet. Anyone found another work around or solution?
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thenoneCommented:
Remote Desktop as far as being allowed to connect into the server?
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skca54Senior EngineerCommented:
Double check the firewall settings.
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jasonvanwyngaardAuthor Commented:
Hi There

Remote Desktop to connect into the server from within the network. External remote desktop access isn't used.
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thenoneCommented:
and you have checked the boxes where is sais to allow connections and what users are allowed to connect?
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jasonvanwyngaardAuthor Commented:
Yes, Remote Desktop connections have been enabled and I've made sure that users have been given access. I've been using administrator to connect as it has access by default to remove any possibility of incorrectly setting up user access.
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thenoneCommented:
Has this ever worked?
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jasonvanwyngaardAuthor Commented:
Everything worked perfectly until I installed SP2 for windows server. This is a documented problem on the SBS blogs and on MS's website. The problem is none of the fixes have worked for me and the common fix, to update the NIC drivers, won't work as Intel haven't made drivers since 2000.
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thenoneCommented:
I would uninstall sp2 since there are no updated drivers for the nic card. I would install sp2 only when you get an updated NIC card.
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cpottercpotterCommented:
I would be highly suprised if this was an issue with the NIC driver. I have seen these many of times with various MS updates where simply rebooting the machine once or twice after patching fixes the problem. Has this been done?
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jasonvanwyngaardAuthor Commented:
I could alternately just buy another nic and install it with the latest drivers, replacing the one giving me the hassles? The server is functioning perfectly, we just can't remote in. I agree, that is the most logical option considering I'm dealing with old technology.
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thenoneCommented:
That is what I would do. A nic card shouldn't cost that much.
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jasonvanwyngaardAuthor Commented:
Hi cpottercpotter. Yes, the server was restarted a couple of times after I did some of the registry work to try fix the problem. I can't restart at the moment as some jobs are currently running. I'm leaving now as it is late here in SA, will follow up with you on Monday. Thanks for the help so far.
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jasonvanwyngaardAuthor Commented:
Hi All

Problem is resolved, even though I purchased a new network card with 2007 drivers the problem persisted. I followed Microsoft Knowledge based article 936594 many times and realised that I'd time and again not read the final line of the registry hack they recommended which is the reason it didn't work. Learnt a lesson to make sure to read everything slowly.

Thanks for your help.
Jason
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