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Branch office DCs deployed, however clients still logging on to remote DC RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have just recently deployed a couple servers into branch locations to alleviate WAN traffic during the day when people log on and access network files.  I have also setup DFS (Win2k3 version of NTFRS) which provides access to some network shares as well as SYSVOL.

    The servers have been setup, are all synched up, and have been moved to the braches.  IP addresses have been changed accordingly, and servers have been moved into the Servers folder in AD Sites and Services of their associated site.  Subnets are also setup for these Sites to identify them.  Logon scripts, home folders have been changed to use DFS root for access to network resources.

    Perhaps worth noting is that the branches do not use DNS on these new servers, and they still point into the "main" server across the WAN.

    I was under the impression that the local DCs would be found and used automatically, and the DFS shares would find the local server using the Subnet->Site association.  It seems that this isn't happening however.

    Can someone shed some light on this?

    Thanks in advance,

     


    Greg
    Monday, November 8, 2010 3:40 PM

Answers

  • Hi Greg,
     
    Thanks for update.
     
    Perform “set LOGONSERVER” in command line on client computer could help you to  verify  the DC that current logon.
    If you want force client logon a specific DC , please refer to the following KB to implement the PreferLogonDC registry value and check the result:
     
    An update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server makes it possible to put the logon server at the top of the DFS referrals list
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831201
     
    If you had correctly configure sites settings for your active directory system, the host will automatically verify and logon DC of local site .
     
    Thanks.
     
    Tiger Li


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    • Marked as answer by EvaGRrr Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:48 AM
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 5:58 AM

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  • Hi Greg,

     

    Thanks for posting here.

     

    With you description , I think you should create domain sites in you environment  ,for more information please refer to the articles below:

     

    Creating a Site Topology

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727085.aspx#EEAA

     

    How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/247811

     

    Managing Sites

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727051.aspx

     

    Thanks.

     

    Tiger Li


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    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 6:33 AM
  • Hi Tiger,

    Thank you for your response and the information you included.

    I appologize if my request was lengthy and indirect, however I was trying to provide a significant amount of information as to what I had already done; which is setting the system up.

    The question that I was asking was: "how can I verify that a client computer is using the appropriate DC?"


    Greg
    Monday, November 15, 2010 1:58 PM
  • Hi Greg,
     
    Thanks for update.
     
    Perform “set LOGONSERVER” in command line on client computer could help you to  verify  the DC that current logon.
    If you want force client logon a specific DC , please refer to the following KB to implement the PreferLogonDC registry value and check the result:
     
    An update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server makes it possible to put the logon server at the top of the DFS referrals list
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831201
     
    If you had correctly configure sites settings for your active directory system, the host will automatically verify and logon DC of local site .
     
    Thanks.
     
    Tiger Li


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    • Marked as answer by EvaGRrr Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:48 AM
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 5:58 AM
  • Perfect.  Thanks Tiger.

    I had tried just using 'set' from a telnet session to the client, but this variable does not seem to be defined unless a normal logon session was done.


    Greg
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:49 AM