WDS with multiple nics results in non-working situation

  • Thread starter Joris van der Struijk
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Joris van der Struijk

We have several Windows 2003 R2 servers and 1 of those is our WDS server.
This server is up to date with all MS updates.
The server is equipped with a Intel PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter
both of wich are connected to the same network and have IP addresses within
the same subnet.
What we would like to realise is a situation in where we want to use Adapter
#1 for the servers Core services (ea. DC/DNS etc..) and use the other for
Data services (WDS/Fileshare etc).

In the beginning we disabled Adapter #2 and installed/configured WDS to
accompany our situation only using Adapter #1. With success. We are able to
RISETUP and RIPREP (we use running in mixed mode for older XP situations
atm.) with no problems.

When we wanted to use Adapter #2 and use this explicitly for Data transfers,
is when the fun started. After enabling the 2nd adapter WDS was unusable.
The PXE boot and OSChooser phase is no problem. But after hitting <Enter> in
the summary screen we get to the point where it goes wrong. Everything after
this point goes extremely slow and after maby 10 min the famous missing NIC
drivers error shows.
I wanted to make use of the WDSUTIL /Set-Server /BindPolicy option to force
WDS to use Adapter #2 for its data transfers, but i didnt even get to the
stage as even the fact of enabling the 2nd adapter kills WDS.
When is the disable the 2nd adapter everything goes as normal.

I know the use of multiple nics is not preferred, but we realy want to
realise this scenario. Simply enabling a 2nd adapter shouldn't be a show
stopper for WDS in my opinion.

We hope to find a solution for our situation.

Some more info:

C:\>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : SRVDC3
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : secred.com
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : secred.com

Ethernet adapter Core Services:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : secred.com
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server
Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-04-23-A7-F7-F8
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.6.0.10
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.224.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.6.0.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.6.0.3
10.6.0.4

Ethernet adapter Data Services:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : secred.com
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server
Adapter #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-04-23-A7-F7-F9
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.6.0.11
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.224.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.6.0.3
10.6.0.4
 
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Eric Norberg

This is very late but we faced a similar problem and resolved it like this: Take the first NIC and bind all your necessary protocols. Take the second NIC and bind at least TCP/IP but do NOT bind Client for MS Networking. That second MS Client Networking binding is what is messing you up.
 

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