A slight issue has appeared on my network. when users log in they get the loading your personal setting and then the applying your personal settings but then that dialog box disappears leaving them with a blank blue screen.
It seems as though explorer just seems to forget to start.
I have redirected the desktop and re-directed the folders my documents and the start memu. All pupils use the same mandatory profile but only on average of around 25 pupils log on at one time.
I can't understand this issue as if you restart the machine it then logs on fine. This follows a problem where some pupils logged in and got the redirected desktop but failed to get all the shortcuts, although the policys were being applied successfully. I have only got one server one the domain at the moment and am wondering if this coould be the problem.
The server shouldn't be stretched thoughas it is a brand new dual-core 3Ghz proliant ml150 g3. It has 1Gb or RAM as well as 3 HDDs one for each part of the operation e.g, profiles stored on one witha partition for the AD DB and a drive for the OS and also a drive for the apps.
Any ideas on how to troubleshoto or even what would cause these drop-outs?
There are some machines that log onto the domain in under around a minute and some still dawdle along taking their time.
But i also have issues where the policys for some users doesn't apply at all. This is due to the users picking age old shares for their re-directed folders (such as dekstop) instead of the one specified. Some users are not picking up the shortcuts on the re-directed dekstop, as if the mapped drive to the apps hasn't been mapped. This results in some users having to re-log back in and if it takes the dawdle method, obviously they get annoyed.
I have checked the DNS and cannot see any real problems and some machines log in fine so surely they would all be the same. I can't think of anything else that might be causing this problem. I have run GPO wizard to check the policies and no errors are called. The users are all in the same groups and as i said most pick up the correct settings and log in fine.
PS the profiles are all mandatory yet some pick up old shares for re-direction as stated.
Well it's best to fix your clients. You're treating the symptoms rather than the cause otherwise. Even if you switched to unsecured DNS you'd hit other problems. For example GPO's not applying correctly.
You need to find out what's wrong with these client machines. Netdiag is your best bet for this.
Thanks for that i will try netdiag tomorrow. I understand what you are saying about the curing the causes, its just difficult to do anything when everyones moaning about log in time but then won't leave the clients alone long enough to repair them. I was hoping that it was something i could do at the server end to resolve the issue. i know that machine is free.
There is probably a underlying DNS issue as before i got here the servers were migrated from one domain to a new domain name and the dns still holds the old domain name entries. There is a reverse lookup for the external range that the main server used to forward requests to the router. This was used as the gateway.
I do think that a fresh dns database is needed but am unsure about how i would install dns fresh without upsetting the active directory as it is integrated. Would it be just a case of uninstall and re-install?
One other thing that is bugging me is when i ping an unknown computer name (one that i know doesn't exist) i get a response from an external ip of 220.127.116.11 everytime. This suggests to me a dns issue also, but there is only one dns server online that forwards requests to the censornet box for external addresses.