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intermittent domain connection in vista business

By troyreynolds ·
I am having a tough time narrowing this problem down. It's been aggravating me ever since I got this new workstation. Anyway, here goes:

I had a previous workstation running Vista Ultimate 32 and never had an issue with it in the exact same location. Now, with my new station running Vista Business 32, I have had on and off trouble connecting to anything on the domain via hostnames. I can't even resolve the addresses to ping them, but if I ping their specific address, I'll get replies flawlessly.

for example, say my active directory server's name is actived, and it's address address is, my ping will look like this:

c>ping actived

Pinging [xx.xx.xx.xx] with 32 bytes of data: (the xx.xx.xx.xx is the ip of our local DNS server for our internal and external webserv)

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
you get the picture.


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

To further complicate things, we use DameWare to do remote administration to our computers, and without being able to resolve hostnames, this program is virtually unusable. However, I have discovered that if I open my "Network Neighborhood" as it were, and refresh it, I can sometimes connect to remote computers, at least for a short period of time. I had similar issuse with outlook connecting to our exchange server, and often a refresh of network would fix it, however I have been unable to connect to our exchange box since thursday unless I use web access, despite rebuilding my account on my local machine, numerous reboots and refreshes to the network.

All the while that this is going on, my internet connection is flawless, domain logons go smoothly no matter which profile I'm using, authentication works fine, and as long as I know the IP of where I want to go, I can get anywhere I want, so connectivity is not a problem.

This has been driving my BONKERS for about a month, I hope someone can shed some light on this one.

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by Sue T In reply to intermittent domain conne ...

this sounds a lot like a wins/dns problem. how is your computer set to get this information? Can other computers locate your computer by using the computer name? how do you have your networ setup on your computer. Discovery? Sharing?

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by troyreynolds In reply to wins/dns

right now it's set to static everything, but i had similar issues when it was set for DHCP. Other computers (namely our AD server) can locate and communicate to my computer by name and the resolved address is correct. I'll have to check on the rest of that for right now and I'll get back to you.

however, i did notice that when i ping myself from another workstation, it is looking to the AD server for address resolution, whereas my computer looks to the DNS server.

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by troyreynolds In reply to wins/dns

Well, I changed back to DHCP just to see what was being handed out in regards to dns/wins and mirrored those on my static IP that I have to have for management purposes. It worked well yesterday, I could remote into anywhere, ping via computer names, and exchange worked fine.

This morning however, it's up to it's old tricks again, but this time it's just remote access and exchange. I can still resolve addresses via computer name and ping successfully.

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how is DHCP setup?

by loren@lparkhurst In reply to re: wins/dns

I was wondering if your DHCP server was properly set to update DNS when an address was given out?

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