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Article ID: 889031 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 1.2

SYMPTOMS

When a client computer logs on to a domain that includes Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based domain controllers and Active Directory directory service sites, the client computer is authenticated by a remote domain controller instead of by the local domain controller. Additionally, you may receive an event that is similar to the following in the System event log of the local Windows Server 2003-based domain controller:

Event ID: 5807
Source: NETLOGON
User: N/A
Computer: ComputerName
Description:
During the past number hours there have been number connections to this Domain Controller from client machines whose IP addresses don't map to any of the existing sites in the enterprise. Those clients, therefore, have undefined sites and may connect to any Domain Controller including those that are in far distant locations from the clients. A client's site is determined by the mapping of its subnet to one of the existing sites. To move the above clients to one of the sites, please consider creating subnet object(s) covering the above IP addresses with mapping to one of the existing sites. The names and IP addresses of the clients in question have been logged on this computer in the following log file 'SystemRoot\debug\netlogon.log' and, potentially, in the log file 'SystemRoot\debug\netlogon.bak' created if the former log becomes full. The log(s) may contain additional unrelated debugging information. To filter out the needed information, please search for lines which contain text 'NO_CLIENT_SITE:'. The first word after this string is the client name and the second word is the client IP address. The maximum size of the log(s) is controlled by the following registry DWORD value'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters\LogFileMaxSize'; the default is 20000000 bytes. The current maximum size is 20000000 bytes. To set a different maximum size, create the above registry value and set the desired maximum size in bytes.



If you examine the Netlogon.log file on the Windows Server 2003-based domain controller, you may find text entries that are similar to the following in the Netlogon.log file:
07/22 10:02:32 netbios_Domain_Name: NO_CLIENT_SITE: Client_NameClient_IPaddress
07/22 10:02:32 netbios_Domain_Name: NO_CLIENT_SITE: Client_NameClient_IPaddress
07/22 10:03:07 netbios_Domain_Name: NO_CLIENT_SITE: Client_Name Client_IPaddress

Note netbios_Domain_Name is the NetBIOS name of the domain. Client_Name is the name of the client computer. Client_IPaddress is the IP address of the client computer.

CAUSE

This issue may occur if the following conditions are true:
  • The IP address of the client computer is not defined.
  • The IP address of the client computer is not mapped to an existing site in the Subnets folder of the Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in on the local domain controller.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, define the IP address of the client computer in the Subnets folder, and then map the IP address to the site that contains the local domain controller. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Sites and Services.
  2. In the left pane, locate and then click the Sites\Subnets folder.
  3. Right-click Subnets, and then click New Subnet.
  4. In the Address box, type the IP address of the client.
  5. In the Mask box, type the subnet mask of the client.
  6. In the Site Name list, click the site object that you want to join the client to, and then click OK.

    Note When you select a site object, you have to select the site object that contains the local domain controller.
  7. On the File menu, click Exit to close Active Directory Sites and Services.

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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