ok did a test to different hardware for a sbs 2003 r2 sp1 machine, client wants a documented test. Have done this in the past many times for others but this time the "preparing network connections" takes long, takes about 20 minutes to boot to the ctrl+alt+dlt
- booting into safe mode is fast
booting into directory services mode is fast (seems when exchnage services and Active Directory are not involved things are good)
i did the restore using the backup from sbs 2003 under directory services mode
- i restored the c drive and the system state
- booted back in and fixed the nic on the system to same old ip address, same with dns and such everything is the way it should be.
- rebooted, and ad comes up and all the forward and reverse lookups under internal dns are there too.
- i made hidden items (old nics) under device manager come up and i removed them too.
normally at this stage i would be done and things would be quick to boot, the testing would be over. BUT i keep getting slow preparing network connections. I have done this with the nic connected by cable and with it removed. The main even id is 1126 about the global catalog error. i checked under sites and services and it seems to be enabled.
this used to be on a two DC network. the other DC is a server 2003 unit. Since it was SBS 2003 all the fsmo roles were moved to the sbs 2003 box 3 years ago. Also both DC's were made
GC (global catalogs)
THE DNS is pointing to itself. Do i have to do anything ms loopback adapter? never did in the past but if so is there any whitepapers on it. i was thinking maybe there is a chance that the loopback adapter is still locked to the old hardware.
what else can i do to test? thanks. gd