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Delay to regain access to the network when a Windows XP session is left in stand-by for more than 10 minutes

I have a Windows Server 2003 SBS with 10 licenses. This server is acting as file server and a domain controller. Windows XP workstations are logging onto this domain.

The problem is that if a workstation does not access any network ressources (which are located on the server) for more that 10-15 minutes, and then we try to access a network ressource after this period (a mapped drive for example), it then takes between 30 seconds to 1 minute to regain access to the ressources.

However, if the workstation is not set up to log onto the domain, but instead to just access the network drives simply as part of a workgroup, no such delay is experienced.

A few of the users never log onto the domain because of this annoying limitation. Please help!
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
The fact that you allow local logons to workstations is probably part of your problem.  You should never allow non-domain logons.

But please clarify something for me... when you say it takes between 30 seconds to 1 minute to regain access to the resources, what is happening during that time?

Can you also please post a COMPLETE ipconfig /all from both the server and a sample workstation?

Jeff
TechSoEasy
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controlgmcAuthor Commented:
During the 30 seconds to 1 minute to regain access, if you clicked on a mapped drive for example, windows explorer freezes until it regains access.

Here is ipconfig /all from the server.

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : server
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : controlgmc.com
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : controlgmc.com

Ethernet adapter Server Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II GigE (NDIS
 VBD Client)
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-19-B9-B1-BD-36
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.121
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.121
   Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.121

Here is ipconfig /all from a workstation:

Configuration IP de Windows

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . : alexandre
        Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . : controlgmc.com
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
        IP Routing Enabled . . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled . . . . . . . . : No
        DNS Suffix Search List : controlgmc.com

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit
Ethernet Controller
        Physical Address . . . . . . . . .: 00-13-D4-30-25-60
        DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Configuration automatique activée . . . . : Yes
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.154
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
        DNS Servers. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . .  : 192.168.0.1
        Lease obtained . . . . . . . . . . . : 30 novembre 2007 14:17:30
        Lease expires . . . . . . . . . . : 30 novembre 2007 17:17:30

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controlgmcAuthor Commented:
I've had no help whatsoever on this question. Somebody has an idea?

Thank you.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
It's generally not a good idea to use your router for DHCP because what it's doing is giving bad info to your workstations... such as their DNS Server configuration which should have ONLY your SBS's IP of 192.168.0.121.  (as well as not providing WINS or DNS Suffix info).

You need to move the DHCP to your SBS by following the instructions found at the bottom of http://sbsurl.com/dhcp

Jeff
TechSoEasy
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controlgmcAuthor Commented:
Here is the new ipconfig printout after the DHCP server changed. Does that look better? Thank you.


*************SERVER IPCONFIG /ALL PRINTOUT****************

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : server
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : controlgmc.com
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : controlgmc.com

Ethernet adapter Server Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II GigE (NDIS
 VBD Client)
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-19-B9-B1-BD-36
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.121
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.121
   Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.121

*************WORKSTATION IPCONFIG /ALL PRINTOUT****************

Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name  . . . . . . . . . . : alexandre
        Primary Dns Suffix. . . . . . : controlgmc.com
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
        IP Routing Enabled . . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled . . . . . . . . : No
        DNS Suffix Search List : controlgmc.com
                                            controlgmc.com

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix : controlgmc.com
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit
Ethernet Controller
        Physical Address . . . . . . . . .: 00-13-D4-30-25-60
        DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Automatic configuration enabled . . . . : Yes
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.161
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
        DHCP Server. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.121
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . .  : 192.168.0.121
        Primary WINS server. . . . . . : 192.168.0.121
        Lease obtained . . . . . . . . . . . : 6 décembre 2007 09:27:41
        Lease expires . . . . . . . . . . : 14 décembre 2007 09:27:41
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controlgmcAuthor Commented:
URGENT.

This created a new problem: Our web site which is hosted by a supplier on an external server has the same name as our local domain name (controlgmc.com).

Now we can't access the web site anymore from our internal network.

Please help.
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controlgmcAuthor Commented:
Solved last comment by adding a Host A in the DNS server.
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controlgmcAuthor Commented:
Jeff everything looks faster. I'm waiting a bit longer to be sure.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I would think so... one of the negatives with using a .com top-level domain (TLD) name for your internal Active Directory domain is that your DNS isn't as isolated as if you used a .local or other non-routable TLD.  So it's even more important to not have ANY external DNS server's configured on your workstation's and only have the server's internal IP.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
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