I believe this is a DNS issue

Discussion in 'DNS Server' started by Soundbyte, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Soundbyte

    Soundbyte Guest

    I'm hoping someone here can help resolve an ongoing issue with a network,
    that has already sucked many hours of onsite time so far.
    The server is a Small Business Server 2003 - it's patched and BPA comes up
    pretty much clean.
    Some workstations, but not all, have a problem when booting from cold. They
    boot and connect fine but cannot browse - any attempt will cause the browser
    (ie or firefox) to hang. The fix is either to disable/enable the network
    adapter or unplug the cable from the back of the machine, wait a few seconds,
    and then plug it in again.
    Whilst 'hanging' a cmd prompt can ping the outside world and resolve names
    and the network connection to exchange and the shared drives is fine.

    If none of that sounds like a DNS issue then forgive me, but the other
    symptom is that they also experience (on the affected workstations) is the
    slow 'applying computer settings' problem that we see when the DNS server
    doesn't point to the SBS server (which it does here).

    I think the problem started after a hardware firewall failed and we removed
    it, now using NAT straight from the router.

    I realise it's a strange problem and I don't expect a 'this is what's wrong'
    answer - but clues and suggestions would be welcome.

    many thanks
    Soundbyte, Mar 30, 2010
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  2. Hello Soundbyte,

    Please post an unedited ipconfig /all from the SBS and a problem client.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Mar 30, 2010
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  3. Other than symptoms, you haven't provided any config info to specifically help. Please provide what Meinolf requested. That will give us a good start.

    Just an FYI, what you mentioned about the firewall or router failing, is indicating to me that you are possibly using the router as a DNS address. If so, that's a big problem. The only DNS address on all internal machiens must be the DC(s).

    Also, the ipconfig /all will give us other useful info that will help to diagnose it.


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    Ace Fekay [MVP-DS, MCT], Mar 31, 2010
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