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By bohicam1 ·
I have a problem with DNS. I am on a small network of about 20 workstations. The workstations are windowsNT, the server is windows2000. I have no problem getting the NT boxes to join the domain however, I cannot get any win2k pro boxes to join. I can see the rest of the domain, I can ping the other machines by name and IP address. I can map drives from the server to a win2k pro box but when I try to join it to the domain, I get a message saying "network path not found"! I have admin priveleges,all IP's are correct, subnets are the same, DNS servers are there and I can ping them. I have recently taken over the network from a previous admin and I have no idea how he setup the server in regards to new machines joining in. Active directory isrunning. All IP's are static and live, not private. Reading the articles and white papers microsoft has on the issue, I thought perhaps that the domain name having an underscore in it would be an issue but I have ruled that out as well. The institution in question is a university. From what I can see, their servers are UNIX based as is their DNS server. However our domain is windows based. Is there a conflict in how the two differ in handling DNS that may not affect winnt machines? When I join an NT box to the domain I must include the university domain name in the tcp/ip properties, however I am not sure I am doing this correctly in the win2k tcp/ip properties.

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by bohicam1 In reply to DNS?

The university extension is .ca not .com. The way I am doing this is...... in "my computer" properties I click on to change/join a domain. The computer name is "computer." and workgroup is "workgroup"
I click on the domain button and enter the nameof the domain I wish to join "depart_ment"
The university domain we will call "university.ca" I then get the dialogue box asking for a username and password with priveleges to add computers to the domain and also the domain in which that account is in. What is the proper way to enter this domain? I have tried "depart_ment", "depart_ment.com", "depart_ment.ca", "depart_ment.university", "depart_ment.university.ca" as well as doing the same with the administrators name(admin.depart_ment) etc... I even went home and setup my win2k server with active directory, made it a DNS server, took a box, did a fresh install of win2k pro on it and joined my domain, two seconds later I was welcomed to the domain. I have spent days on this and can't figure it out...any ideas would be greatly appreciated

Mike

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by Joseph Moore In reply to DNS?

Please read Technet article When You Try to Add Workstation to Domain, Error Message Reports Network Path Not Found (Q285182):
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q285182
(please remove any spaces)

hope this helps

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by bohicam1 In reply to DNS?

Thanks, I changed the order of the DNS server entries and I was in the domain.

Mike

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by Bozhidar In reply to DNS?

It seems to me that you have the problem with DNS alright :). The difference between NT and Win2K boxes in joining a domain is that the Win2K boxes request specific records from the DNS in order to find the Domain Controller. Naturally, the Domain Controller should be able to register those records into the DNS dynamically. As you mentioned, the DNS servers on the network are UNIX boxes. This setup will still work, however, you must check several things: If the DNS servers allow dynamic update,you must allow the Domain Controller to update the records in the DNS zone. If this is not the case, you will have to place the required records into the zone manually. The nececary records can be found on this document: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx? scid=kb;EN-US;q178169
(delete any blanks) However, this may be a tedios job, as some UNIX based DNS will reject the records which start with an underscore (and most of them do). A simpler solution (and recommended by me)wold be to bring up a Win2000 DNS server, configure the DC to use it, so the DC will register the records into the zone, and conifgure all Win2K clients to use it. The Win2K DNS box should use the UNIX DNS boxes as forwarders, so you eliminate the extra DNS traffic outside your network.
A bit of warning though: Juggling of zones between UNIX and Win2K on a live environment may be tricky. I suggest that you reconfigure the zone like this:
Configure the Win2K DNS box as standard primary. Configure the UNIX boxes as secondaries of this zone. This way, you will maintain high availability of the DNS zone, and the external users will still use only the UNIX boxes to resolve hosts on your network, without compromising the Win2K DNS box

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by Bozhidar In reply to DNS?

I'm sorry. The link i supplied was wrong. This is the right on
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q178/1/69.ASP
Sorry again

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by bohicam1 In reply to DNS?

Thanks, I changed the order of the DNS server entries and it worked.

Mike

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