DHCP & Group Policy Problem
Posted on 2009-12-16
We have an SBS 2003 domain and some problems with DHCP and Group Policy.
When a workstation is set to DHCP, it boots up as normal, but when it loads into Windows it sometimes skips the "preparing network connections" bit. This causes Windows to reject credentials as it cannot see the domain controller because it has no network settings. However, reboot the PC and it'll work - but this issue is random and keeps happening.
The second issue we're having is with Group Policy whereby when a PC boots into Windows, the user will log in but only half of the Group Policy settings would have been applied. For example desktop customisations may be set, but the Windows Firewall will say "using your non-domain settings", which would block most traffic, such as Remote Desktop and ICMP packets.
Are the two problems related? Can anyone help me?
I've had to switch problematic PCs to static IP for the time being to sort out the DHCP issue, but obviously it not the fix and the DHCP issue is still occurring with other PCs at random intervals. The Group Policy issue however is always occurring. There are no errors in the event viewer, both client and server side.
All workstations are Windows XP Pro SP3.
Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance.