How to disable idle time logout situation on our new W2K3 server

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Windows Server 2003
We are in the process of moving from a legacy NetWare 4 server to a Windows 2003 Server box. Currently, we have some data on each server, so users are logging into both. They still use the Novell client to log in (as well as logging into the Windows box). As we've attached users to the new box, we've heard only one real complaint: the server seems to "disconnect" users after a brief period of inactivity (maybe 15 minutes?) and then has to "think" for a few seconds before reattaching the user to the server. Even though it's only a few seconds (10, 15?) before the user is automatically reattached (without typing a password), this is upsetting many of our users. Is there a setting that controls this? I was told by someone that this is how Microsoft handles numerous users at one time -- disconnect the idle users so the processor can deal with active ones. Fine, but if that's true, can I at least increase the amount of idle time before the server "drops" the node? Thanks in advance, David
ASKED: November 30, 2004  1:02 PM
UPDATED: December 1, 2004  4:03 PM

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Standard operating procedure on TCP/IP network is to drop and reconnect. However, it should be transparent to the user as access to network share is supposed to be instant.
A – are you using AD (Active Directory) which presupposes DNS? Delay in reconnect could be lookup problems – holdover ‘netbios’/WINS processes.
B – IPX still running? Broadcast traffic under control?

C – Check the binding order of protocols on the network adapters. If Client for netware is first then it has to time out before the client for microsoft talks to the 2k3 server which ignored the netware client.

D – are all your clients W2k / XP then clean up your authentications.

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