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By The Gun Doctor ·
Have several machines that we have just installed NT Workstation on...all were previously 9x clients on the domain we'll call "MYDOMAIN". When I installed NT on a few of these machines I had some problems with NIC drivers so I had the machines join"MYWorkgroup" until I got the NIC issues resolved. Now that I have good NICs in all machines I can browse the entire network and ping everyone under the sun. However, when I attempt to change to a member of "MYDomain" instead of "MyWorkgroup" I getan error msg stating "Unable to connect to domain controller for this domain. Have your administrator check your computer account on the domain." If I check the box for "Create a Computer Account in the Domain" I get another error "The machine account for this computer either does not exist or is inaccessible"
I have Service pack 5 installed on these machines and all DNS, WINS, and Gateway addresses have been verified and re-verified. The domain name is correct (and works on about 70 other client machines). Any help will be welcome. Thanks.

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by avachon In reply to NT Workstation Joining Do ...

Hi, did you create an account for each workstation on your nt server through server manager? If not, you'll get the "no account" message. That's the only step I'm not seeing in your accounting of actions. Hope this helps.

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by allan In reply to NT Workstation Joining Do ...

First make sure that when you originally tried to join the domain with the bad NICs that somehow domain accounts did not get created.
Then make sure there are no references to these machines in the WINS database.
Try and join again and see what happens.

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by gskillen In reply to NT Workstation Joining Do ...

Try logging in as the admin of the machine instead of the admin of the network, Restart as asked and then reset up as admin of the domain, Hope this helps.

Gordon

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by McKayTech In reply to NT Workstation Joining Do ...

I have had two similar circumstances where workstations reportedly could not find the domain controller.

In the first, the problem appeared to have been stale WINS records for the client computers so it might be worth a quick look through the WINS database for records with the computer name. I believe if your system is setup with the network defaults, the workstation goes to WINS to find out where the domain controller is before it tries a broadcast. Hence the WINS connection.

In the second, the problem was a hosed TCP/IP stack that responded to a remove/re-install manuever. Never did figure that one out since the fix worked and I had other dragons to slay.

Finally, there is a tool called netdom.exe that you can use to join a computer to the domain from the command line and a utility called nltest.exe that can summon information about the machine accounts from the DC. Both are part of the NT Resource Kit and might provide some clues to the problem.

regards!

paul

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by Magetower In reply to NT Workstation Joining Do ...

Open Server Manager and View All. Select View Only members of the domain. If the systems in question show up in this list remove them and reattempt adding them to the domain. The errors you are getting indicate that accounts already exist for the systems but the credentials got screwed in the process.

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