Domain Connection Problems after migrating DC

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I recently migrated our DC from 2K server to 2003 Server, now I have a few PC's that are giving me connection issues. Periodically, when they try to log in and access their mapped drives or printers, they get the error message that security has been compromised. When I try to log them in, XP tells me that a Domain Controller cannot be found. If I take the machines out of the domain, I can access the mapped drives and printers on the server. All users are currently set up as Domain Users, Domain Admins, Enterprise Admins, Schema Admins and Group Policy Creators/Owners. I would like to return them to just Domain Users once the connection issues are resolved. No error messages appear on the server at any time.

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OK, you PDC is a win2k3 server, it needs to be the primary DNS server for itself and all workstations/member servers on the network (AD integrated).

If your XP doesn’t get the IP address from the DHCP, you need to set the primary DNS to your Win2K server as well, you can set other external DNS as your secondary or tertiary if your Win2K3 server doesn’t give you lookups for outside your network. This is to ensure that all workstations know where to find the AD server to get authenticated.

Some additional things you can look at on the clients are as follows:

Control Panel
Admin Tools
Local Security Policy
Local Policies
Security Options

look down the list for “Microsoft Network server: amount of idle time required before suspending session – default = 15 minutes”.

Right click and Properties.

Set this to an obscenely large number of minutes.
99,999

next…
on the same list… find:
“Microsoft Network Server: Disconnect clients when logo hours expire”. Right click and Properties.

Set at “disabled”

Let me know if this helps.

Shannon Rico
Communications Technician
Westelcom, Inc.

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