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Workstations can't find domain controler

By cavingreer ·
This is a problem I've never had before. A network of 5 WinXP computers running off a Linksys broadband router providing DHCP. A new Win2k3 server is installed and configured as DNS and Domain Controller for Active Directory. All network users are set up on the server with the same username/password they have on their WinXP workstations. The workstations and the Linksys are set up to use the Win2k3 box as their primary DNS. The workstations can see the server in the workgroup but cannot access it and they cannot join the domain - the error says that no domain controller can be found - and the details of the error show a dns server OUTSIDE their network!!??

Any ideas??

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Computer Accounts?

Just a shot in the dark herre... Have you tried creating "pre-staged" computer accounts in Active Directory Users and Computers?

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by cavingreer In reply to Workstations can't find d ...

Just so anyone else looking will find this.
The answer was that Win2k3 by default sets itself up as a RRAS server as a Router.
The result is that unless you are routing traffic through the server you will not be able to see it. If you're using the server for internal file storage or active domain only remove the role of RRAS server and you will be able to ping, see and access the server normally

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by 00llivesey In reply to Solved

Thanks Bud i did the same thing and couldnt understand why

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server 2003

by seanffinnerty In reply to Workstations can't find d ...

when I vlick on the entire network and then the domain name i have a blank screen?

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