_MSDCS Problem on 2008 R2
Posted on 2014-01-26
We upgraded our 2003 Enterprise server to a new 2008 R2 Enterprise server several years ago. The old 2003 server is still a backup DC, but serves no other purpose.
During the December holidays, there were several Microsoft updates and software updates to Symantec Backup Exec 2012. I think I may have also turned off IPv6 at our primary NIC. (We have a second NIC that is primarily used for external access. IPv6 is still active on that NIC.) I also did some other maintenance on the server.
The Primary NIC's address is the address of our internal DNS server and includes a loopback as the second address. We also have WINS active. The second NIC uses the primary NIC as its DNS server.
We had replication issues from the beginning. Some of those were related to our Exchange server being moved to the new 2008 R2 server and deactivated on the old server. I worked with Microsoft tech support to get everything working properly when we created the new 2008 R2 server.
It should be pointed out that we are a small office. Our server does everything including file server, web server, FTP server, Exchange Server. We have always operated that way and it has always done a great job. I know it is not the recommended configuration, but it does not make sense for us to pay for multiple servers. It keeps everything simple including our ability to backup the entire system to tape.
After the updates during the holidays, we noticed that the server was not as responsive as it had been. It was typically as fast as always, but there would sometimes be delays when you tried to do something as simple as open a directory. I also noted that when I was working on the server, it was not as responsive as it had been.
Interestingly, we do not get many error messages once the server has been booted up.
I believe the problem is in DNS. I have tried several things to solve the problem. One site suggested fixing _MSDCS by recreating _MSDCS in a new zone. That worked ok. _MSDCS is now greyed out under the domain name in dns and a new zone was created above the domain name.
However, that has created a few other problems. SRV is not being found by the client computers. All of the shares are available and very responsive. Outlook on my client computer works, but now has a security window that pops up that says connecting to ... However, Outlook is still connected and working properly.
Mobile devices are all connecting and working as well as always.
I tried to reconnect my username and computer under Advanced System Settings. I get the error message "An Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for the domain *** could not be contacted. Sometimes if I enter the domain name as the NETBIOS name, it will work, other times I get the same error message.
I believe this is a simple fix, but I have not found it. Plus I want to avoid creating a bigger problem. Any help would be appreciated.