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DHCP randomly is getting unauthorized

Posted on 2012-04-11
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We have sites all over the globe and AD/DNS 2008 R2 servers all over the globe too.  Today several of our 2003 member servers lost DHCP authorization.  At the local 2003 server, the error is that it cannot contact directory services.  Yet all tests come back OK.  To add to the mystery, DHCP servers elsewhere show that these servers are, in fact, authorized.

I swear it is a network timeout issue but how can I prove this?  What tools can I use to dig deep into AD to check this out.

Any help would be great.  Thanks.
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Deauthorize of DHCP is mostly due to unable to contact Domain controllers.

you can setup performance counters, provide Event logs (Event Viewer) to network team..

below link have more information about the event id and setting up counters for monitoring and performance..
Hope this helps..

http://www.tech-faq.com/monitoring-and-troubleshooting-the-dhcp-server.html
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agree it's network, the probability of two or more 2003 DHCP servers changing state to unauthorized at the same time is close to zero.

you could do a simple ping test between servers, run "ping -t ip address" to keep the connection open. You may find the time increasing from 10ms, 12ms, 25ms until it eventually times out.
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Thank you.  The problem ended up being a Virus on the local LAN at the remote site across the WAN.  This site did not have a DC.  The virus was flooding the WAN link with DNS requests.  You both led me to the solution.
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