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Very Odd happenings..w32time???

I have a windows 2000 server with 15 windows XP workstations and 1 windows 98 workstation. The workstations were reinstalled to XP maybe a month ago. Randomly I'm getting odd behavior on the XP boxes. Occasionally end users get messages of having no disk space in their home directory (H:\) when there is 80 GB remaining. I also have issues of files not saving correctly with odd characters mixed in. To make matters worse anything I try to download gets about 75% and hangs badly.

I've downloaded every update to every piece of hardware in each system & all of MS's service packs. The issue still remains. I read somewhere online that the w32time can cause erratic behavior including the lack of space on a network drive. The service is running on the server and the Net Time command is in the login scripts. I couldn't find the w32time.ini file though. This issue seems to be growing and I need a resolution before my client loses confidence in my ability to solve this.

Any help will be appreciated.

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by jeaster In reply to Very Odd happenings..w32 ...

Are their any w32time errors in the event log?

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by carlos.nino In reply to Very Odd happenings..w32 ...
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Helpful link but it wasnt the resolution

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by kennethaj In reply to Very Odd happenings..w32 ...

as far as the time goes, synch the time by using the following in a bat file: "net time \\[enter you server name here] /set /yes"

you can also look into the following:
1. Switch/hub could be going bad? (always check layer1 first)
2. Check the NIC on the server since it sounds like the problem only occurs with a connection to it
3. make sure you have microsoft certified (layer 1,2,3,4)drivers (i think its called WHQL Certified) for your nics. Even though you have the lastest driver from the manufacturer, they may not be certified.
4. disable offline files on all workstations under the tools menu in "my computer".(this worked for me with a very similar problem)
5. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date, and do a full scan on all systems
6. If you are using a wireless A, B, G network, there are many know access issues with winXP and low-end AP's such as Linksys, D-link,etc. Also, if you are using a wireless network, hard-wire a few systems together and try to recreate the problem then as an experiment.
7. Kick the server around a few times. JK

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by kmcniff In reply to Very Odd happenings..w32 ...

Run network monitor on the server and look at the packets. See if there are bad or corrupted packets. Check network cabling, punch blocks, connectors, etc for loose/missing/broken cables. Check that the color coding is correct (tia 568 a/b) on all cables/punches that are installed. As mentioned prior this could very well be a layer 1 problem. Also check that there are no cable legnths that excede the maximum lagnth. 100 meters for CAT 5 (approx 330 feet) be sure to include all cabling from hub/switch to eah computer including patch cables.

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