Cant Connect a Vista Client to a W2k3 SBS svr

Microsoft Windows vista business w/ sp1...
December 1, 2009 at 12:58:12
Specs: Vista Business SP2, Xeon Dual Coe/4 gig
Yes i know i am behind the times, BUT i just replaced my NT4 server with a new machine with SBS 2003 R2. Have 3 issues (that i know of :) )

I have a Windows Sm Bs Svr 2003, running AD, Dlink Router running DHCP and an HP laptop running Vista Business w/SP2, and several XP Pro machines.

Problem 1: The Vista machine will not join the domain. I know how to go through the System Icon and add the domain name, but i get the following error:

"an attempt to resolve the DNS name of a DC in the domain being joined has failed. Please verify this client is configured to reach a DNS server that can resolve DNS names in the target domain."

This client can access the network printer.

However, all of my XP Pro machines can join the domain, and access the network resources (shared drives, printers, etc).

Problem 2: The XP Pro machines now take 2 to 3 minutes to finish logging in to the new server, where they use to take 15 seconds to log on to the old NT4 server.

Problem 3: Each XP Pro machine will lose access to the server resources (Shared drives, but not printers) within 24 hours, causing them to have to log off and log back in in to reestablish connectivity.

Would really appreciate any thoughts on these!

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December 1, 2009 at 13:49:53
Probably should post this in the Server 2003 Forum. As for your issue. It seems that you may have a DNS forwarding issue. Can't be sure. Can you post a IPCONFIG/ALL from one of your Vista Boxes?

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December 1, 2009 at 14:03:53
All the signs that you have the workstations pointing to the router for dns. They need to point to the sbs server for dns.

Easiest way is to change the routers dhcp scope to put the sbs ip instead of the gateway for dns.

You would note the ISP's DNS ips [from the routers wan interface settings] and then follow this article

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