Problems with getting policy from AD 2003

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We have a remote office with 10 PC's connected to the main site with a 4MB private line, encoded with vpn between firewalls, checkpoint and fortigate.

In the remote office there is no ad.

During the last 3 weeks the users in the remote site started work very slowly, the line is 80 free all the time. The WS are XP SP2, and the AD Windows 2003 Standard SP2
The users get the following error in the event log:

"Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network. (An unexpected network error occurred. ). Group Policy processing aborted. " (ev ii 1054)

"The redirector failed to determine the connection type. . " (ev id 3019)

Can you help me?

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The remote site is not finding the DC's across the VPN.  If possible, place a DC at the remote site and configure replication between the two DC's at each site.  If not, then try pointing the client's DNS server settings to the DC in the other site, that is where the GPO's will come from and are found by DNS.  The may drawback to this is all of your client's DNS traffic goes over the VPN connection.



Tomorrow we will place a DC in the remote office, because we reached the same conclusions as you. Thanks.
Jason WatkinsIT Project Leader
OK.  After you get the 2nd DC online, you must configure a separate site and inter-site replication.  It cannot hurt to try and see if you can get this to all work within one site, you certainly have the bandwidth to do so.  


We reached the same conclusions. In the next days we will build another site and make a site connector. Thanks a lot for your response!

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