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I'm on a network with multiple PC's and Macs running everything from Linux and OS X to multiple flavors of Windows (2000, XP Pro, Vista Business). They ALL connect to a Windows Server 2003 box that hosts a shared folder. We use a simple authentication where all the accounts are created on the Server 2003 box (non-domain controlled).

Every time a machine attempts to connect to the Server 2003 folder it will take 15-30 seconds for the initial connection to be made. Once the connection is made all is fine - everything runs smooth and fast. Maybe 15 minutes of inactivity or the machine is restarted then the delay returns and it reconnects and its back running again.

This delay is causing headaches for much of our team as they forget to save for a while on a big file and it will break their work flow. ALL patches are made on the 2003 server (as of this Tuesday) and multiple registry edits have been changed (then unchanged) to try and get this to work. I've swapped network switches and ethenet cards in the box server 2003 box and nothing seems to help.  I'm not sure if this is an active directory issue or a TCP/IP issue or what just looking for ideas to try.
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Is there a router in your network and how many active network cards does the server have?  

It might be a DNS issue, do you experience the same delay accessing the server by IP address?

Also, take a look at your power scheme and the delay in turning off the hard-drives - this might correspond to your delay.

I have a feeling that it might be a DHCP issue but I would like to get the easy stuff out of the way.
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There is a router that handles DHCP but it is handled by another department (on a college campus) - they have come out and tell us the problem is not there.

Server only has 1 network card and 1 IP. When accessing shared folder via IP experience the same delay on both mac and pc systems.

Power scheme is set to "never" on all but monitor (set to 20 mins).
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