Mac OSX and SBS 2003 shares keep dropping

Posted on 2009-04-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I have a network that has both PC's and Macs. The domain controller is SBS 2003. Every so often the Macs lose their connection to their shares on the file server which is part of the windows domain. This server is running Server 2003 X64. I have tried stopping/restarting the Macintosh file sharing service and it doesn't work, I end up having to restart the SBS server to get the Macintosh clients to connect.

Shortly after the Macs lose their connectivity, these errors are displayed:

Critical Errors in Application Log

 3/31/2009 7:45 AM
 77 *
Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network. (The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted. ). Group Policy processing aborted.

 3/31/2009 4:49 AM
 4 *
Windows cannot bind to domain. (Local Error). Group Policy processing aborted.

 3/31/2009 4:49 AM
 4 *
Windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy objects. Check the event log for possible messages previously logged by the policy engine that describes the reason for this.

It sounds like some sort of issue with group policy, but I'm not sure.

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ID: 24274838
Everything is set up as it should be as stated in the above links. The issue is not the macs initially connecting but they seem to lose connectivity daily, the only way to reconnect them is to reboot the SBS server.
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by:Philip Elder
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Has SP2 for Windows Server 2003 been applied to the SBS box?


Author Comment

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Yes SP2 was installed. I've read it can cause certain issues within SBS, I've already had to fix one where it uninstalled the windows help service. Could this be causing issues with SMB services also?
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Philip Elder earned 500 total points
ID: 24283836
Did you run the post SP2 update to disable Receive Side Scaling?
SP2 Release Notes:
And the SBS specific notes:

Go here: and download the Best Practices Analyzer for SBS 2003.

Install it and run it. You will find out very quickly what you are missing and what is broken.

Make sure the NIC drivers on your SBS box are up to date too.


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