Have an external website which opens fine on some PC's, yet seems to time out (or symptoms of timing out, but never actually does) on others.
Seems to only affect (some) of our newer HP Pro 3305 MT Workstations. All of which are running Win7 32bit SP1 with all updates. Older PC's (Win7 32bit SP1 & WinXP) are unaffected.
Using Google Chrome & Firefox makes no difference. Opening the website in IE9 Compatibility Mode has exactly the same symptoms.
All PC's are on the same local network (Workgroup) using the same DNS server & gateway (inhouse) on the same internet connection, on the same subnet. There is no proxy server, no content filtering, no load balancing etc etc. Only group policy in effect (locally) is for Update scheduling. Local firewalls are all the same (Kaspersky WP4) and our external facing firewall has no IP specific settings.
I have no control over the external website, traceroute shows the same destination on all PC's. It is a fairly popular website in our industry (Horticulture) and i'm not aware of any other people (even other sites within our sister companies) with the same problem.
Update: Used Fiddler2 to monitor the HTTP request, seems its not getting fulfilled for some reason?!
GET http://www.rhs.org.uk/ HTTP/1.1 Host: www.rhs.org.uk Connection: keep-alive User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/536.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/20.0.1132.47 Safari/536.11 Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8 Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate,sdch Accept-Language: en-GB,en-US;q=0.8,en;q=0.6 Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.3
Log from Fiddler 2 of the request:
This session is not yet complete. Press F5 to refresh when session is complete for updated statistics. Request Count: 1 Bytes Sent: 567 (headers:567; body:0) Bytes Received: 0 (headers:0; body:0) ACTUAL PERFORMANCE -------------- ClientConnected: 17:02:33.720 ClientBeginRequest: 17:02:39.118 GotRequestHeaders: 17:02:39.118 ClientDoneRequest: 17:02:39.118 Determine Gateway: 0ms DNS Lookup: 0ms TCP/IP Connect: 46ms HTTPS Handshake: 0ms ServerConnected: 17:02:39.165 FiddlerBeginRequest: 17:02:39.165 ServerGotRequest: 17:02:39.165 ServerBeginResponse: 00:00:00.000 GotResponseHeaders: 00:00:00.000 ServerDoneResponse: 00:00:00.000 ClientBeginResponse: 00:00:00.000 ClientDoneResponse: 00:00:00.000 RESPONSE BYTES (by Content-Type) -------------- ~headers~: 0
Log of a successful request from a working PC (done this morning, excuse the timestamps being different from above):
Request Count: 1 Bytes Sent: 493 (headers:493; body:0) Bytes Received: 20,413 (headers:525; body:19,888) ACTUAL PERFORMANCE -------------- ClientConnected: 08:22:47.766 ClientBeginRequest: 08:22:47.766 GotRequestHeaders: 08:22:47.766 ClientDoneRequest: 08:22:47.766 Determine Gateway: 0ms DNS Lookup: 26ms TCP/IP Connect: 30ms HTTPS Handshake: 0ms ServerConnected: 08:22:47.828 FiddlerBeginRequest: 08:22:47.828 ServerGotRequest: 08:22:47.828 ServerBeginResponse: 08:22:48.905 GotResponseHeaders: 08:22:48.905 ServerDoneResponse: 08:22:48.905 ClientBeginResponse: 08:22:48.905 ClientDoneResponse: 08:22:48.905 Overall Elapsed: 00:00:01.1388020 RESPONSE BYTES (by Content-Type) -------------- text/html: 19,888 ~headers~: 525
So my question has evolved into:
What is the difference between the 2 requests and how do I determine why 1 PC is not getting a reply to it's GET request?
See my answer below. I may well accept it in the future, but without being able to reproduce the problem (or the fix) I'd like to leave this question open.