+ 0 Votes Use the HOSTS file? seanferd 3 years ago Otherwise, I'm not entirely sure about how the home networking aspect of 7 works, but you should be able to join the workgroup/"domain". Note that your only problem here might not be the lack of a local DNS server. For example, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926505 I can't believe there you have a whole business network relying on NXDOMAIN responses from an ISP DNS server so that local resolution occurs. Insane! Especially since it is AD without DNS. It will be far better once you get a DNS server going. "Running nslookup on the windows 7 client produces the IP and name of the DNS of the ISP. I am able to ping the Domain server from the win 7 computer." What are you looking up? If you look up your internal "domain name" or whatever it is, the ISP DNS server should return NXDOMAIN. Then WINS or NetBIOS or whatever would take over and resolve locally. (But you won't see that via nslookup.) Order in which the above occurs: local resolver cache, hosts file, DNS, WINS, NetBIOS name cache, NetBIOS, lmhosts file. + 0 Votes Joining Domain without DNS info in Workstation rdzaman 2 years ago As I know that to join domain need to give DNS address in the workstation to point the Domain. I have seen other company to install XP Images on the PC's and joining Domain without any DNS information on the workstation. Right now where I am working need to implement the same procedure. If any one give me some guidence to help me out from this situation. + 1 Votes Might help to turn on WINS Kenone 3 years ago Win 7 turns it off by default + 0 Votes well you can't have Active Directory working without DNS CG IT Updated - 3 years ago no DNS zone for the domain = broken Active Directory Active Directory will not work without DNS services. USers can't log on to the domain, access resources through the domain...so on and so forth... I've not heard of any ISP that will provide DNS services to businesses for their Active Directory domain...Unless the business has specifically contracted for "Cloud" services or NOC services. If that's the case, it's up to the Cloud provider or NOC to allow the workstation to join the domain. Typically, the Cloud provider or NOC will ship a preconfigured workstation. So try again..... + 0 Votes as I said, Active Directory can not function without DNS CG IT 3 years ago there has to be a DNS server for the domain zone. So, if your Active Directory is working, you have a DNS server for the domain zone. Here's a microsoft technet article on Active Directory and DNS and how the two are intergrated and work together. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759550(WS.10).aspx Now, here's your hint of how to get Windows 7 to join a domain. Note: this information is available on Microsoft's technet in a KB article if you care to simply look. "Windows 7 needs the DNS suffix as a "helper" . + 0 Votes Agreed, DNS is a must for Active Directory Derek Schauland Contributor 3 years ago The DNS role is installed with (or before) Active Directory. It has to be there somwehre as others have mentioned. If you run an nslookup for your domain, Windows should return a local DNS server somewhere. Since you mention all Windows Clients are using public DNS, logon to the domain controller (or a domain controller if more than one) and run a lookup, should report which DNS servers are being used. Once you find the local DNS server, you can fix the clients on the local network and get them using your internal DNS. For external access, create a forwarder to the ISP DNS Servers. This will help make your environment more secure and get Windows 7 clients to join the domain more easily. + 0 Votes if this is your domain name [qwert.eu ] for your internal network add that CG IT Updated - 3 years ago as the DNS suffix [as a helper (append DNS suffix) ] in the TPC/IP advanced DNS properties of the network card. if in fact the ISP hosts your DNS server thus provides name resolution for your internal company domain, it should direct the DNS query for the IP address of your domain controller to your internal company domain controller thus allow authentication and joining the workstation to the domain. If your ISP does not provide name resolution services for your internal company domain, then you have to find out what DNS server does. DNS simply is name resolution to IP address. when trying to join a domain, you use the domain name. If there is no DNS server which can say domain.com = IP address [of Domain controller] then the query will always fail because the workstation can not find the domain controller. + 0 Votes Joining Domain without DNS info in Workstation rdzaman 2 years ago As I know that to join domain need to give DNS address in the workstation to point the Domain. I have seen other company to install XP Images on the PC's and joining Domain without any DNS information on the workstation. Right now where I am working need to implement the same procedure. If any one give me some guidence to help me out from this situation.