Our office has about 25 computers with Windows XP Professional (SP3) that are being used as workstations. We have 2 DC's, windows 2003 and windows 2008... All network card drivers and service packs for both server and workstations have been updated.
PC= dell optiplex 330, drivers downloaded from dell website.
Recently, the workstations have been going "offline" at sporadic intervals--sometimes several times within the span of a minute, other times going fine for several hours before being disconnected. Whenever they go "offline", the workstations lose access to the file server, all mapped network drives, and all Network printers, until a synchronization has been implemented. My co-workers and I are re-synchronizing several times every hour, which is annoying to say the least.
feedback from Microsoft techs: they told me that there's a policy that could cause this. this policy was configured and I've set it to not configured but no avail. Microsoft won't assists any Further until money is set at hand. Policy: "group policy slow link threshold"
Is there any possible way to keep the connection always open so that the workstations aren't constantly being disconnected? Is this a problem with Offline files and CSC, or is this a bigger problem (Server-workstation problem?) of which the going "offline" issue is but a symptom?
based on some research, a lot of people are struggling with this...
tested network cables, no avial
now thinking about changing machine locations by testing it at different ports...
network drivers still needs to be tested but this was downloaded from dell website...
network cards not yet test but i can still surf the web when it pops the offline message.
are there any tools i can use run on xp machines ( wire shark) that will check if there's a network problem? note: this doesn't happen to all machine and some only occurs when they are re-installed.
i hope this is informative and thanx