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Cannot join the Domain?

By Daddy123 ·
Hello All,
I have a small network: Win2000 adv. server, with XP pro, Win98se, and Win2000 pro workstations(4 comps.)
They all connect through a Linksys broad band, 4port router, which takes care of DHCP, etc. The win98 and XP machines joined the domain fine, can log into the Domain, have internet access, the whole works. But the win2k pro computer does not see the domain when I try to join it, although it does have an internet connection through the router, can see the domain and the other 3 computers when I click on network places, and can see shares, map drives and use the printers attached to the server and domain. I can ping all other workstations and server(and vise versa from the server). When I am on the server I cannot get to or see the win2k mach. But when I try to join the domain I get a message stating: "Your computer could not be joined to the domain because the following error occured: The network path was not found" OR "The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "outback": The network location cannot be reached.
It logs into its own workgroup. So in "entire network" I see the domain and workgroup.
Any ideas?

Thanks
GP

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by avalentino In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

Are you running active directory? What about WINS? In short, I have had problems similiar to this. The reason your computer can see the internet is because the IP address is on the same SubNet as your router. Since your router is assigning the IP addresses, it is doing a bulk of the incoming and outgoing internet work. However, if you are running active directory, check the computers section to see if an object exists that is the same name as the W2K pro computer. Also, if you are runningDNS check the DNS and see if a host record is in the 'Forward Lookup Zones' under your domain name. Also check the 'Reverse Lookup Zones' for a pointer. The pointer and host record should have the computername.domain.(net or com) i.e. w2kpc.bestbuy.com. Also make sure your WINS server is running (I assume it is because your 98 machine is connecting, but it is worth checking.).

Once you have checked to see if your server has any record of the W2Kpro box existing, go to the W2K box and right click on the 'My Computer', then click on 'Network Identification' tab, then click the Network ID button and run through the wizard. I hope this helps.

-Anthony

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by Daddy123 In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

Thank you for your response,
I have the server set to obtain IP automatically. I can ping the server through its IP address and the server's name, from the Win2k computer; and the same from the server to the win2k computer. Strange problem.

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by avalentino In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

Are you running active directory? What about WINS? In short, I have had problems similiar to this. The reason your computer can see the internet is because the IP address is on the same SubNet as your router. Since your router is assigning the IP addresses, it is doing a bulk of the incoming and outgoing internet work. However, if you are running active directory, check the computers section to see if an object exists that is the same name as the W2K pro computer. Also, if you are runningDNS check the DNS and see if a host record is in the 'Forward Lookup Zones' under your domain name. Also check the 'Reverse Lookup Zones' for a pointer. The pointer and host record should have the computername.domain.(net or com) i.e. w2kpc.bestbuy.com. Also make sure your WINS server is running (I assume it is because your 98 machine is connecting, but it is worth checking.).

Once you have checked to see if your server has any record of the W2Kpro box existing, go to the W2K box and right click on the 'My Computer', then click on 'Network Identification' tab, then click the Network ID button and run through the wizard. I hope this helps.

-Anthony

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by Daddy123 In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

I do not have DNS or WINS running on the server. That is done through the router. The DNS address that shows up on "ipconfig", on all of the computers is the DNS address of my ISP. And the strange thing is that the other computers have no problems. I tried the other suggestions to no avail. I am a touch confused.

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by curlergirl In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

One your Win2K box, right-click Network Places and go to Properties, right-click your NIC and go to Properties, highlight TCP/IP and click Properties again - click the Advanced button and go to the WINS tab. Make sure Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP is selected, then try to join the domain again. "Use NetBIOS setting from DHCP Server" is probably selected, and your router does not have a setting for this option.

Hope this helps!

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by Daddy123 In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

Thanks for your response,
I do have NetBIOS over TCP/IP enabled(also tried "NetBIOS setting from DHCP Server previously) and I tried it with LMHOSTS Lookup enabled and disabled; still not working.
This is starting to get frustrating.

Thanks
GP

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by cocosk In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

Seems like you've done a lot of troubleshooting. I wasn't sure if the server could successfully ping the w2k mach or not. It sounds like a DNS issue to me. W2k server needs an authoritative DNS server for it's own domain in order to work according to M$ guidelines. I'd do a tracert to find out where the communication is failing. When a machine attempts to join a domain, it uses DNS to find the DC. If you've already added an LMHost file with the DC and IP address, then I'd examine the DNS setup.

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by Daddy123 In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

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by cul8rm8e In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

The problem you have here is that your servers IP should be static! anyway when you try to join the domain from your 2k machine theres already a cached entry on this machine for the IP of your server and this is why you cant \connect and join the domain. on your 2k pro machine run this command ipconfig /flush dns then ping the server by name: dc.mydomain.com this will clear the local cache and allow you to resolve your server IP to join the domain.

Were you pinging the server by name or IP?

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by Daddy123 In reply to Cannot join the Domain?

Yes, I can ping the server by name. I noticed something else: When I go into "My Network Places", I can see the Domain and Workgroup(which the 2k machine is part of); I can get into the server and the XP machine and vise versa; but still cannot findDomain when trying to join. -BUT- I could go into "My Network Places" again and not be able to see ANYthing but the 2k machine in Workgroup. I tried your latest suggestion: static IP on server, then static on server and 2k mach., configuring DNS on server and that did not work. I think I have some other issue with this computer. I tried a diff. port in router, diff. nic, and a diff. patch. Wow

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