Some PC's on a Windows server 2003 domain keep dropping their internet connection
Posted on 2010-08-23
For the last 3 weeks, about 10 workstations on this main subnet (90 connections) of a Windows 2003 single domain randomly drop their Internet connection sometimes a few times a day. Consistently, running 'ipconfig /flushdns and ipconfig /registerdns fixes the issue, but only temporarily. Then the problem comes back. When the machine has this problem, internet addresses can be pinged, but not browsed to, even if the address is put into the browser. The age of the machines does not seem to matter. Simply rebooting sometimes fixes the problem, but sometimes does not. DCdiag DNS tests on the 2 DCs are clean. Access to internal resources is OK, except, randomly, to Live communicator. I also noticed that a couple of people are intermittently unable to access Live Communicator, even when they CAN get to the Internet. Most people are completely unaffected. This is a new problem, and happens to the same machines. I have taken machines off the domain and re-added them, to see if that fixes the issue permanently. I will know if that worked tomorrow. There is no common thread in the local event logs. The server logs are clean of events that would affect this. I am not sure where to look next, any assistance would be appreciated. I can post whatever you think would help.