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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    As has been suggested above, it will most likely be a DNS problem. Below are some DNS pointers and tips to look for. Some will be obvious and some not.

    1. Your DNS server should look at themselves for DNS i.e in their TCP\IP properties their own IP address should be listed in the DNS servers section. This goes for all DNS servers on your LAN. Alll domain controllers on a Windows 2000 - 2003 active directory network should have DNS running.

    2. Forwarders. In the forwarders section of your servers DNS admin tool you should list your LEA's or ISP's external DNS servers. Do not list the other DNS servers on your network here.

    3. Name servers. Ensure all of your domain controllers are listed here. If not add them manually.

    4. Replication. Ensure that the replication options are set to replicate. As a failsafe measure allow your server to replicate to any other server requesting it.

    5. DHCP settings. Ensure that you local DNS servers are set in your DHCP options. NOT your LEA's \ ISP's DNS servers.

    6. Carry out the above steps on all of your domain controllers\DNS servers. I almost gurantee it will be one of the above things that is wrong.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    We are XP Pro SP2 clients with W2K Servers. All PCs are set up from GHOST images so all get the same settings.

    Dos_Box, I will work through your suggestions on DNS.

    Thanks again all for the help and suggestions.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Quote Originally Posted by secman
    We are XP Pro SP2 clients with W2K Servers. All PCs are set up from GHOST images so all get the same settings.

    Dos_Box, I will work through your suggestions on DNS.

    Thanks again all for the help and suggestions.
    Does the ghost image run sysprep afterwards or a sid changer? Just a thought.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Do you run Sophos?

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Yes we do run SOPHOS, provided via the LEA/LGFL currently on v3.99 we have not yet upgraded to v5

    The Ghost process does not currently use sysprep. We reconfigure manually after build. We just haven't had the time to sort the sysprep side out.

    Thanks again all

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Ah. So all of your PC's have the same SID then? That would not be a clever thing. No sysprep or any other kind of system setup runs automatically after re-imaging?

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    You can use newsid from sysinternals for a quick fix to apply unique sids to all your machines...

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    After imaging the PCs are not domain members so have to have a unique name allocated, be joined to the domain and given a unique IP. Shouldn't this give them each a unique SID?

    Thanks again all.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    No - the SID is independant of those secman.

    Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/NewSid.html]sysinternals[/url]
    The SID Duplication Problem

    The problem with cloning is that it is only supported by Microsoft in a very limited sense. Microsoft has stated that cloning systems is only supported if it is done before the GUI portion of Windows Setup has been reached. When the install reaches this point the computer is assigned a name and a unique computer SID. If a system is cloned after this step the cloned machines will all have identical computer SIDs. Note that just changing the computer name or adding the computer to a different domain does not change the computer SID. Changing the name or domain only changes the domain SID if the computer was previously associated with a domain.
    To see if you have a duplicate SID issue on your network, use PsGetSid to display machine SIDs.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    ooooo all those identical SIDs the mind boggles

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    You can use newsid from sysinternals for a quick fix to apply unique sids to all your machines...
    I have used this a lot and have found it to be a great tool.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Gentlemen,

    Thanks again for the help and information.

    I have used the "psgetsid" tool suggested and indeed found that machines of the same type built from the same image do have identical SIDs. I now have to sort out applying unique SID codes and looking at the way we use GHOST to try to solve the problem although we may have to use "newsid" as a short term solution.

    I am also working through the DNS suggestions.

    I just wish I had had some training at some point.....!

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    @secman: If you are using ghost, you can use Ghostwalker on the machines following the build.

    Option 2 is to use sysprep - this is also explained in the Ghost documentation somewhere.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Sysprep > ghost

    Is the 'correct' [according to MS] way to do it.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Or ditch it and use RIS.

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    Re: Windows XP Boot Log

    Mmmmmm...
    I have looked at the readme with NEWSID and found the following.....

    "Duplicate SIDs aren't an issue in a Domain-based environment since domain accounts have SID's based on the Domain SID."

    This sort of goes against what some have been saying. Has anyone found anything else that contradicts this? I am thinking about using NEWSID in a script to sort out the duplicate SIDs but, I am now wondering if I can wait until the next build. Looking into GHOST/SYSPREP/GHOSTWALKER etc. aswell.

    Again we appreciate everyone's input and help.

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