Sudden Domain Failure: domain is not accessible.

By Spitfire_Sysop ·
I have 2 DCs in a domain together. The primary is a SBS 2003 server and it's accomplice is a regular Win2k3 server. Everything has been working smoothly. Then today, I get this message:

"<domain name> is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available."

I don't like this error message for a few reasons:

1. I AM the administrator, I DO have permissions. (I hate when M$ tells me to contact the admin when I am logged in as the admin.)

2. It says the workgroup is not available and this is clearly an AD domain.

3. I don't know what causes this or how to stop it.

Funny thing: I can browse all the shares on the network if I type the path directly, no problem. The error only shows up when I try to browse from Network places, I can no longer get the list of computers on the Domain. My mapped drives work fine. Terminal services work fine. There are no DNS errors, or any other errors on the server event logs. I have no local errors in the event logs.


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by Kenone In reply to Sudden Domain Failure: do ...

I get that error sometimes when I'm having DNS problems ie; the servers stopped talking to each other. I would restart the PDC first to try and clear things. You didn't get any replication errors on either server? I usually do.

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derrrr O...K...?

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to DNS?

Thanx for the quick reply! I was avoiding a reset because of needed uptime. I am still unclear about the cause of this but I issued a reboot of PDC over lunch and everything is back to normal. I just hope it doesn't come back.

No replication errors.

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On your DNS server

by Kenone In reply to derrrr O...K...?

you can go into the dns manager (under administrative tools) and there is another event viewer there which might provide some clues. There is a more nuanced way of solving this but I forget what it is, as I recall it was just more trouble than it was worth.

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by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to On your DNS server

I checked it out and found that the event view in the DNS MMC has identical entries to the DNS section of the main event viewer. I have two DNS servers and neither one of them has a single event of any sort for weeks. They are pretty quiet when things are running smoothly I suppose. Now they have "on-line" events for the reboot. I will let this continue to be a mystery as long as I am free from this problem.

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