I seem to be experiencing a problem with a virtualized Windows 2008 domain controller. We are running Hyper-V on a powerful server (dual quad core Nehalem Xeon, 48 GB of ram), and all of the VMs are mostly idle. We only have a bunch of users for testing, and less than 6 machines joined to the domain.
What happens is that any type of access to another server seems to take for ever during initial logon negotiation. Symptoms:
- It takes around a minute to access something like \\someserver\c$. Afterwards, file transfers are fast, at 1 Gigabit sustained transfer speed, so it's not a network issue.
- If I open the Security tab to see which users have access to a folder, I can see the SIDs unresolved (S-1234-...) for a long time before they eventually get resolved.
- The following appears in the Event Log on some of the client computers:
Winlogon Warning 6005:
The winlogon notification subscriber <GPClient> is taking long time to handle the notification event (Logon).
Winlogon Warning 6006:
The winlogon notification subscriber <GPClient> took 89 second(s) to handle the notification event (Logon).
The primary domain controller also has RRAS installed, and is a VPN server if that makes any difference. It's average cpu usage is 0% and there is no resource contention as far as I can tell.
There are two virtual NICs configured, one going to the public internet, and one on an internal LAN.
Any ideas on what I could try?
Thanks to Farseeker and Zypher I resolved the problem. The primary domain controller had two NICs configured. One for internet, and one for the LAN.
The internet NIC had a public IP which was being registered in DNS for it (verified with nslookup from a guest computer). All the other computers that were experiencing the problem did NOT have access to the public IP subnet, so they couldn't hit the DNS' public IP. I assume they would wait for a timeout on the public IP before trying the private LAN IP which they could access.
Unchecking "Register this connection in DNS" on the public interface of the PDC fixed the problem, only the private IPs show up in nslookup now. Thanks Zypher.
Also had to do an
ipconfig /flushdns on client computers after the change on the PDC.