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Old 09-18-2009, 04:30 AM   #1
Clayton
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Default Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot

Just installed Windows Server 2008 R2, installed Active Directory services,
DNS Server and 1 Domain Controller using DCPromo and after reboot it takes
up to 5 minutes to fully load, is this normal?

I have put in a static IP and using 127.0.0.1 as a DNS server

I have 4GB's of memory a E8400 CPU Dual Core2 3.0GHz and 250GB SATA HDD

Thanks


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Old 09-18-2009, 05:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot

Furthermore I have now added Exchange Server 2007 and it's taking longer to
startup, 10 minutes later, the system is still loading



"Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
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> Just installed Windows Server 2008 R2, installed Active Directory
> services, DNS Server and 1 Domain Controller using DCPromo and after
> reboot it takes up to 5 minutes to fully load, is this normal?
>
> I have put in a static IP and using 127.0.0.1 as a DNS server
>
> I have 4GB's of memory a E8400 CPU Dual Core2 3.0GHz and 250GB SATA HDD
>
> Thanks


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Old 09-18-2009, 06:30 AM   #3
Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]
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Hello Clayton,

This is normal, it belongs to the problem that during boot the server tries
to reach it's DNS server(own ip address), BUT the DNS server service is not
started at that point. So it goes in a kind of search for DNS servers, after
some time this process stops and it will go on booting. Now the next problem
comes up, AD relies on DNS also but if the DNS server is not fully started,
netlogon etc. can not come up also. If AD is not coming up, Exchange finds
no Global catalog server.

After some time DNS server service is started and the rest will then go on.
AD starts and Exchange will come up also.

Reolution:
In a domain have at least 2 DNS servers to prevent this and configuer them
to use on the NIC the other as primary DNS, you can also set itself primary
and the other secondary, this will slow down the boot process no that much.
In Exchange management console checkalso that all GCs are used from Exchange.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> Furthermore I have now added Exchange Server 2007 and it's taking
> longer to startup, 10 minutes later, the system is still loading
>
> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
> news:u6hR$IBOKHA.5488@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>
>> Just installed Windows Server 2008 R2, installed Active Directory
>> services, DNS Server and 1 Domain Controller using DCPromo and after
>> reboot it takes up to 5 minutes to fully load, is this normal?
>>
>> I have put in a static IP and using 127.0.0.1 as a DNS server
>>
>> I have 4GB's of memory a E8400 CPU Dual Core2 3.0GHz and 250GB SATA
>> HDD
>>
>> Thanks
>>



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Old 09-18-2009, 05:30 PM   #4
Phillip Windell
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot

Should not use 127.0.0.1

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Old 09-20-2009, 10:30 AM   #5
Hank Arnold
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Clayton wrote:
> Furthermore I have now added Exchange Server 2007 and it's taking longer
> to startup, 10 minutes later, the system is still loading
>
>
>
> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
> news:u6hR$IBOKHA.5488@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Just installed Windows Server 2008 R2, installed Active Directory
>> services, DNS Server and 1 Domain Controller using DCPromo and after
>> reboot it takes up to 5 minutes to fully load, is this normal?
>>
>> I have put in a static IP and using 127.0.0.1 as a DNS server
>>
>> I have 4GB's of memory a E8400 CPU Dual Core2 3.0GHz and 250GB SATA HDD
>>
>> Thanks

>

Argh!!! Running Exchange on a DC is really not a good idea...

Don't use 127.0.0.1 as the DNS. Use the fixed IP you assigned to it.
That *may* speed it up a bit. However, most, if not all is due to lack
of a second DNS server. Best to have a second DC with DNS and make it a GC.

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Regards,
Hank Arnold
Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Directory Services
http://mypcassistant.blogspot.com/
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:30 PM   #6
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot

Just to latch onto this as I'm in the process of setting up my 1st domain
from scratch. I have two DNS servers on my domain, one at 192.168.1.100
(Pri DC) and the other on 192.168.1.101 (Sec DC), both created using
"DCPromo". When I created the 1st one the Pri DNS was changed to 127.0.0.1
by DCPromo without my prompting.

Am I right in thinking that it is best to now change my Pri DNS Server to
use 192.168.1.101 as it's Pri DNS setting and 192.168.1.100 as it's 2nd DNS
and vice versa on the backup DC? Is this documented anywhere on the MS
site?

Thanks in advance, Andrew.

"Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
news:u6hR$IBOKHA.5488@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Just installed Windows Server 2008 R2, installed Active Directory
> services, DNS Server and 1 Domain Controller using DCPromo and after
> reboot it takes up to 5 minutes to fully load, is this normal?
>
> I have put in a static IP and using 127.0.0.1 as a DNS server
>
> I have 4GB's of memory a E8400 CPU Dual Core2 3.0GHz and 250GB SATA HDD
>
> Thanks


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Old 09-29-2009, 11:30 AM   #7
Hank Arnold
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I usually set each DC/DNS server to point to itself as the primary DNS
and any other DNS server as secondary.

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Regards,
Hank Arnold
Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Directory Services
http://mypcassistant.blogspot.com/

Andrew Staley wrote:
> Just to latch onto this as I'm in the process of setting up my 1st
> domain from scratch. I have two DNS servers on my domain, one at
> 192.168.1.100 (Pri DC) and the other on 192.168.1.101 (Sec DC), both
> created using "DCPromo". When I created the 1st one the Pri DNS was
> changed to 127.0.0.1 by DCPromo without my prompting.
>
> Am I right in thinking that it is best to now change my Pri DNS Server
> to use 192.168.1.101 as it's Pri DNS setting and 192.168.1.100 as it's
> 2nd DNS and vice versa on the backup DC? Is this documented anywhere on
> the MS site?
>
> Thanks in advance, Andrew.
>
> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
> news:u6hR$IBOKHA.5488@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Just installed Windows Server 2008 R2, installed Active Directory
>> services, DNS Server and 1 Domain Controller using DCPromo and after
>> reboot it takes up to 5 minutes to fully load, is this normal?
>>
>> I have put in a static IP and using 127.0.0.1 as a DNS server
>>
>> I have 4GB's of memory a E8400 CPU Dual Core2 3.0GHz and 250GB SATA HDD
>>
>> Thanks

>


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Old 10-02-2009, 11:30 AM   #8
Tassawur Hussain
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Default Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot - Syed Tassawur Hussain


Thats the best option, however our Windows 2008 & Windows 2008 R2 still take too long to boot. Are their any other speed up solutions.



Hank Arnold wrote:

Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot
29-Sep-09

I usually set each DC/DNS server to point to itself as the primary DNS
and any other DNS server as secondary.

--

Regards,
Hank Arnold
Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Directory Services
http://mypcassistant.blogspot.com/

Andrew Staley wrote:

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Old 10-02-2009, 11:30 AM   #9
Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot - Syed Tassawur Hussain

Hello Tassawur,

The only working option is to have domain DNS server up and running, so don't
reboot all machines at once.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> Thats the best option, however our Windows 2008 & Windows 2008 R2
> still take too long to boot. Are their any other speed up solutions.
>
> Hank Arnold wrote:
>
> Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot
> 29-Sep-09
> I usually set each DC/DNS server to point to itself as the primary DNS
> and any other DNS server as secondary.
>
> Andrew Staley wrote:
>
> EggHeadCafe - Software Developer Portal of Choice
>
> Solution to the Annoying Flickering Problem When Updating Textboxes
>
> http://www.eggheadcafe.com/tutorials...4-4e48-beb2-32
> 6ca6f82d08/solution-to-the-annoying.aspx
>



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Old 10-03-2009, 10:30 PM   #10
G. Brooks
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot - Syed Tassawur Hussain

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"Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" wrote:

> Hello Tassawur,
>
> The only working option is to have domain DNS server up and running, so don't
> reboot all machines at once.
>
> Best regards
>
> Meinolf Weber
> Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
> no rights.
> ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
> ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
>
>
> > Thats the best option, however our Windows 2008 & Windows 2008 R2
> > still take too long to boot. Are their any other speed up solutions.
> >
> > Hank Arnold wrote:
> >
> > Re: Server 2008 R2 Slow to Boot
> > 29-Sep-09
> > I usually set each DC/DNS server to point to itself as the primary DNS
> > and any other DNS server as secondary.
> >
> > Andrew Staley wrote:
> >
> > EggHeadCafe - Software Developer Portal of Choice
> >
> > Solution to the Annoying Flickering Problem When Updating Textboxes
> >
> > http://www.eggheadcafe.com/tutorials...4-4e48-beb2-32
> > 6ca6f82d08/solution-to-the-annoying.aspx
> >

>
> I am running a set of virtualized servers from a Single large Dell Server. This unit takes over i hour to boot and is then very sluggish. This whole thing doesn't work! Am checking DNS Settings as we speak.


>


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