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On a client computer that is connected to an Ethernet switch, you may receive several logon-related error messages during Startup.
In the event log, you may receive the following error message:
NOTE: The source of this error may be the NetLogon service and how the NetLogon service sets up its secure channel.
5719 - No domain controller available
Also, if you log on to the console before Startup has completed, you may receive one of the following error messages:
This behavior can occur because some Ethernet switches have a feature that checks the ports for a loop condition when the ports become active (the Learning mode for the Spanning Tree Algorithm feature). If a loop is found, all traffic is blocked from accessing the port. This process of checking for a loop condition takes approximately 10 to 15 seconds during which the Windows NT Workstation-based computer seems to be on the network, yet no traffic is being passed. The NetLogon service packets (along with any other traffic during that time) are lost.
If you have a hub at the end of the port, the hub has already brought the port up. Your connection is only unsuccessful when your computer is connected directly to the switch.
To resolve this behavior, disable the Spanning Tree Algorithm feature of your Ethernet switch.
For information about how to disable the Spanning Tree Algorithm feature on a switch, contact the switch manufacturer.
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To work around this behavior, on the clients add the following parameter to the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\ParametersValue Name: ExpectedDialupDelay
Data Type: Reg_Dword
Data Value is in seconds (default = 0)
Data Range is between 0 and 600 seconds (10 minutes)
This workaround forces the NetLogon service to pause for the specified amount of time before the service attempts to establish its secure channel.
NOTE: Unless you reconfigure your switch, you may still experience the symptoms described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/168455/ )DHCP renewal failures on switched networks
Article ID: 202840 - Last Review: October 11, 2007 - Revision: 2.7
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