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Cannot see/logon to network domain

By Nev ·
Hello fello members

After unsuccessfully attempting to sort this out myself, I have been forced to ask for help. My predicament is I am unable to see or logon to a network domain.

System/configuration:
Windows 2000 professional
Network cardXircom Ethernet II (PCMCIA)
Client:
Client for Microsoft Networks

Service:
File and Printer Sharing for M'soft networks

Protocols:
NWLink NetBIOS
NwLink IPX/SPX
NetBUI
TCP/IP

I do not have any entries in the host/lmhost file, set to automatically determine IP address and have default settings for DNS and WINS. Am able to ping DHCP, WINS, DNS and default gateway in addition to other computers on network.

Cannot however see rest of network in network neighbourhood. Network wizard does not see/allow me to logon onto network domain. Network properties also does not allow me to change from workgroup to domain as does not see domain.

Have also unchecked all protocols except TCP/IP, set default gateway, set DNS/WINS servers, all with no effect.

This I'm sure is something stupid I've overlooked, but because I am at a dead end I am offering 500 points for a solution.

Please help!
Desperate member

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Cannot see/logon to network domain

by howardhenderson In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

Hi Nev,

It sounds like you are pretty knowledgeable about networks and it has always seemed to me that the tougher the detective chase, the larger the number of 'small probabality' solutions there tend to be.

But based on what you said, successful pinging rules out 'low level' connectivity. It sounds to me like that name resolution is where the problem lies.

The login domain controller is in the local subnet, isn't it? Can you ping it? If so, I'd try 'jump starting' the problem PC by placing an entry in the 'hosts' file (lmhosts if the domain controller is on a remote subnet - with NT 4.0, a person had to reboot after an lmhosts entry to make it 'take' - I'm not sure about Win2K).

After that, do a 'find computer' and see what you can see. If you can see the controller, try joining the domain. BTW, I'm sure you are trying that with appropriate admin rights, aren't you?

You didn't mention how many PC's are successfully served by your WINS and/or DNS services... Are you sure they are operational with other PC's?

Also, I had a problem one time with a Win2K PC that was giving the same trouble you have described - I don't remember all the details - but I know I finally changed the network ID name on it and rebooted and it finally saw the domain and let me use the admin account to create a machine account for the PC on the server...

How much of your WINS/DNS, login controller services are coming from beyond the default gateway? I've had to play with the routing tables on some of my NT 4.0WS PC's, so that they can successfully obtain services from remote subnets (especially when the users at the local PC's also dial out with their local modem onto the Internet).

Hope any of this helps,
Howard H.

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Cannot see/logon to network domain

by Nev In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

Thanks for the advice, will repost problem if not sorted.

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Cannot see/logon to network domain

by Aspasa In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

hi,

try changing to a 'workgroup name' on your pc to the same name as the domain you wish to see/logon to.

does it see it now?

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Cannot see/logon to network domain

by Nev In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

Thanks for the advice, unfortunately made no difference.

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Cannot see/logon to network domain

by Aspasa In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

hi,

try changing to a 'workgroup name' on your pc to the same name as the domain you wish to see/logon to.

does it see it now?

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Cannot see/logon to network domain

by Nev In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

See above.

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by golovast In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

Is this one workstation or your entire shop? I've had a similar problems on my network after I upgraded to 2000. Turns out that if you use a different domain name in 2000, it will give you pretty serious problems. Also, did you try pinging your servers by name to check if the client can resolve them?

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Cannot see/logon to network domain

by Nev In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

Answers:
- One workstation
- Yes have added server and domain entries in host and lmhost file and can ping servers by name.

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by Stillatit In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

These are some other longshot possibilities:
1. Check the binding of NetBeui. Make sure it is bound to Client for Microsoft.
2. Make sure Netbuei over TCP/IP is enabled.
3. Try putting in an LMHOSTS file, with an entry for the domain controller,with #PRE and #DOM: tags.
4. If you look in Network Neighborhood under 'Entire Network' do more stations show up? If not, silly as it sounds, check the WINS address in your TCP/IP setup. You should be getting your WINS address from DHCP, and you should be getting a node type as well. If you have any manual entry in the WINS address fields, DHCP will not override them.
5. W2K wants a 15-character computer name. You did not, by chance, force a shorter one or put illegal characters in it?

Good luck.

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by Nev In reply to Cannot see/logon to netwo ...

Thanks for the advice, will repost problem if not sorted.

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