cannot connect to 2003 from XP Pro

By simon ·
Hi, I have a machine running XP Pro, SP2 that i am trying to connect to a remote Windows Server 2003 (SP1).

I set up the client's DSn to point to the server's IP address.
The server is a domain controller (the only DC)
I can ping the server's IP from the client
I can ping the client's IP from the server

In the past I was able to connect to the same domain from a different machine (as a test) and it worked fine. So seems like the server setting is not an issue, most likely it's how the client XP is configured.

How I attempt to do it:
Classic way - Computer Properties, join a domain, type the domain name. The domain name is set to abcd.local -- I typed it both ways on the client machine (abcd and abcd.local - neither worked).

Not sure what other details are needed...

Thank you so much for your help!

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