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    Our support company have asked me to provide a network monitor trace from an affected client the next time this problem occurs - but in the meantime have asked me to try stopping and disabling the Web Client Service on an affected machine and seeing if this makes a difference.

    So far, it *might* have done but I'm not sure because this problem doesn't affect all our users all of the time, only some. Can someone else with an affected Windows 8.1 client want to try the same step and see what that does for them?

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    Just happened again. All the computers ground to a halt but no sign of any strain on the server. Reboot the server and it's fine again. It had just picked up some updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste_Harve View Post
    Well today we had our 2012 R2 server stop letting shares be accessed
    I wonder if the fix suggested below might be worth a try?

    Hyper-V Virtual Machines losing network connectivity under Server 2012 R2

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    I've applied the following updates since the last time it happened (21/01/2014):
    Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 update rollup: November 2013
    Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 update rollup: October 2013

    and haven't had the problem occur again.

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    Interesting, was Stalking this thread for while as looking to move dfs off 2008r2.

    Anyone else who had issues with 2012 shares seeing them resolved after the updates detailed above?

    Also, in terms of moving over to 2012, can you mix and match in dfs?

    Ie setup a 2012 machine, add it to dfs, wait for date to copy and then remove old 2008 machine, if not how did others do a smooth move to 2012 with their dfs machines?

    Thanks

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    We have the same issue with 2012:
    - Virtual Machine or Physical Machine doesnt matter
    - Sometimes Fileshares response slow -> later Shares are inaccessable / do not respond completly
    - Installed all Windows Updates
    - RDP is possible / no Errors in Eventlogs
    - we are able to access files on the local machine
    - Reboot fixes the Issue temporäry

    Is this also happening with 2012 R2?

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    I'm not involved in the technical side here, but I thought I'd post this as we seem to be getting somewhere!

    We've had the same problem here for nearly two weeks now, although today it seems we might have some progress. We had all the symptoms described in previous posts and ended up with numerous external agencies involved at considerable cost.

    The latest thing we have done is to update all firmware on the switches / NICs / servers - all of which are HP.

    We are currently on half-term so we have been running scripts to simulate thousands of read / writes per hour to the file server; prior to today we have cause the system to fail within an hour or so, today the system is still running 10 hours after the last restart.

    Not saying it's fixed, but it looks a lot healthier than it did yesterday.

    We're running 2012R2.

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    Hi, would you be willing to name hp kit involved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbailey View Post
    Hi, would you be willing to name hp kit involved?
    Sorry, as I said I'm not part of the technical team so don't have access to that info. But given the fact that we have updated the firmwear in everything I think this is a moot point as we have a mix of switches / servers covering a wide range of dates / models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb1780 View Post
    we have a mix of switches / servers covering a wide range of dates / models.
    Same here, appreciate your point. Thanks.

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    Interesting. We had all new Procurve switches at the same time as the Server upgrade. I have had other issues with one of the new switches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb1780 View Post
    The latest thing we have done is to update all firmware on the switches / NICs / servers - all of which are HP.
    Latest news is that this did not fix the problem as we have just lost the fileserver again.

    I'll keep you posted on where we go from here. I guess knowing what doesn't work could be useful information too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silence1 View Post
    - Virtual Machine or Physical Machine doesnt matter
    I dont think this is a Hardware Problem. We have this Problem with a VM and a physical Machine. Same issue is descriped here:
    Server 2012 R2 File Server Stops Responding to SMB Connections

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silence1 View Post
    I dont think this is a Hardware Problem. We have this Problem with a VM and a physical Machine.
    You may be right in that it is not a failed piece of hardware, there are signs though that it might be certain hardware not performing as expected with 2012. I've read some stuff on-line where a guy has tried several software fixes and still the problem remains.

    TBH it's just grasping at straws, but with the file server failing ever hour we need something to grasp onto as waiting for MS to fix the problem is not going to cut any ice with SLT.

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    First time poster here and this thread alone made it seem like a good idea to register.

    We are also having the problem with our Windows 2012 R2 Servers. I have servers running Windows 2012(not R2) and have not seen the problem recently but was most definitely having the issue months ago. The R2 Servers I just stood up are having the issue pretty much daily.

    We are running a full virtual infrastructure. ESXI 5+ on a mix of hardware. Dell servers, HP servers, extreme networks switches, you name it, we have it someplace. I feel we can all pretty much agree this is an issue on the software end of things.

    As a work around, I am letting KACE restart the "Server" service every 30 minutes to prevent any down time. That still creates about 15-20 seconds of offline sharing though and is really not an acceptable option.

    Looking through the logs, I do not see anything going down and the "Server" service has always been running when my shares were not accessible. I can't say I have seen this problem on shares that are not also hosting printers. That said, I have no technical data to back that up. Just what I noticed. I read some info about disabling the IIS roles. I don't have any of that installed on my file servers so that can't be it.

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