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NT BDC problem

By afram ·
I have an NT4 domain. Any 2000 or XP computer can join the domain without a problem.

I am trying to create a BDC, but it always says "The domain controller for this domain cannot be found."

I've tried this with many computers with different network cards. If I set up any of these computers as an NT member server, I can browse the net, and ping all everything on the network, so I know I have the correct net drivers.

WINS appears to be configured correctly.
What did I miss?

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by BFilmFan In reply to NT BDC problem

If those systems have 2000 workstation or XP as the operating system, they can only be members of a domain. They cannot be BDC's.

You can place NT 4.0 BDC's into a Windows 2000 domain, as the Windows 2000 domain is backwards compatible.

So you need to create an AD forest and domain in mixed-mode and then have the NT BDC's join that domain.

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by afram In reply to BDC

I know 2000 and XP computers are workstation and can not be domain controllers, I just wanted to mention that these machines can join the domain as members without any problems (indicating the PDC is ok).

The domain is NT4 - there is no AD.

Turns out, any NT4 machine I create cannot ping anything other than loopback and itself. No machines on the net are able to ping the NT machine either...NT machine always gets (request time out) and other machines get (negotiating IP security). What is that about?

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by kurtl In reply to BDC

That would explain why the domain controller ca't be found. Likely, it's a NIC driver problem - very common with NT4. Before you can get anything else to work on the network, you'll need to get the NIC working. Remember, there's no plug and play in NT4, you'll have to manually install the drivers.

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