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By jeffjquinn ·
3 Oct 2000
"No Domain server was available to validate your password. Access to some network resources may be unavailable." error message appears when loggin on to Win98 while trying to conect to my WinNT 4.0 (SP3) server.

I have been stuck on this one for weeks now. I am trying to connect a Win98 PC to a WinNt server. The cable and the card have both checked out as I have swapped components and have witnessed them in action. My NT server (which has four other PC's connected one of whichis running Win98 as well), strictly runs TCP/IP. I used the exact same settings as the other Win98 PC and still no luck. Someone suggested I install IPX/SPX on both the server and the workstation, and that didn't work either. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Jeff Quinn
New Jersey

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by T DUB In reply to No Domain Server was avai ...

Go to a DOS prompt on the Win98 PC and type NBTSTAT -R. If it does not purge the table successfully then remove everything in network neighborhood, reboot and reinstall. I have found that sometimes the IP table gets corrupted and the only fix is reinstalling the entire network neighborhood.

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by jeffers In reply to No Domain Server was avai ...

Are you sure the card configuration (IRQ, memory i/o range and media type thinnet, cat5 etc..) is set correctly..and then check the installed config matches what the hardware is set to. Also can you ping any other machines on your network from the command line. The other thing to do is upgrade to SP5 or SP6 (we had authentication problem with RAS giving the same message when we were running SP3).

Also what cards/hubs are you running? you could try downloading the latest driver pack form themanufacturers web site...

Last thing double check all your network settins are correct, IP address, WINS resolution etc..

Goos luck

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by jeffers In reply to No Domain Server was avai ...

You might want to try NETBEUI, I have found that it helps with naming issues.

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by stacydev In reply to No Domain Server was avai ...

Is the Windows 98 machine plugged into a 10/100 Switch. I have seen this problem when the Spanning Tree Protocol is enabled on a switch. Is the NIC in the Win 98 machine a 10/100 card? If it is try bumping it down to 10 MB and half duplexing. That has worked for me in the past.

After you get the "No Domain server" message you could also try to logoff and back on (No restart). Sounds very stupid, but it has worked.

Last thing I would try if you are using DHCP is to release the IP address in winipcfg.

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by Baziite In reply to No Domain Server was avai ...

IT doesn't seem like you have subnets or routers on your network , so why don't you try NETBEUI . Its very efficient on small networks . Actually the reason I am saying this is because On WINNT with Win98 clients under TCP/IP you can almost be sure of running into problems , because Win98 does not participate in browser elections on a WinNT domain . So when you logon , Win98 cannot browse into the WinNT domain looking for specific computer names . You can check this by trying to find a WinNT computer from a Win98 under TCP/IP . I suggest you go with a different protocol and remove TCP/IP for good .Do let me know if I've goot this wrong !

Good Luck

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by jared In reply to No Domain Server was avai ...

The first thing you need to do is verify that the computer is in fact on the network. Can you ping the server's IP address? Can you ping it by name? Can you map a drive to a share on it? Put the PC into another port on the hub/switch. If you have two subnets make sure the client has a WINS server address. Check the speed/duplex settings on the NIC.

Whenever I get this error, it almost always ends up being physical connectivity, or WINS issues across subnets.

/Jared

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