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Domain Controller Discovery in Active Directory

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Hi,

Could anyone tell me how a client decides what domain controller to use when it logs on to the network. I know the bits about ging to DNS and performing a lookup for DCs in the same site etc, but what I really need to know is this: When a list of available domain controllers are returned to the client (and lets assume this client has never logged on before, like say a new build would be), does the client contact them all simultaneously and begin the logon process with the first one to respond, or does the client go through the list of returned domain controllers one by one, meaning that if the client were to be returned say 10 DCS, and the first 8 were offline for whatever reason (network outage or whatever), then there would would be a long delay while the client tried to use those first 8?

many thanks
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