Error when joining a domain - network path not found

May 1, 2012 at 00:35:46
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows Server 2003 R2, Intel E8400 4GB DDR3
Hey hey,

I've been a systems admin for a couple years now and have decided that I want to set up a domain of my own!
Just want to a have a 2-3 computers on it in the house and maybe even set up a VPN in the future just to play around with.

After spending ~10 hours / 3.5 PCs worth of components I gave up and installed Windows Server 2003 R2 as a virtual machine on my already running Windows 7 Ultimate box.
I've now probably spent another 10 hours googling, reading, youtubeing and attempting to configure the server to get .... Anything to connect to the domain!!


At the moment I only have 2 PCs here - my Windows 7 Ultimate machine which is running the virtual server and another PC also running Windows 7 Ultimate.

I configured a DNS server and a Domain Controller through the Server 2003 wizard and I really can't get anything to connect to the domain...
As far as DNS, don't really know a lot about it but I can browse from the other PCs on the network and the server with DNS being set as the servers IP with no alternate...

The domain is called 'virtualdomain.kenno.com but when I try changing from a workgroup to a domain on the both client PCs with the name "VIRTUALSERVER" I get prompted for credentials, I enter credentials which are either correct with Domain Admin privlidges or even random non existant credentials and get the message:

The follwoing error occurred attempting to join the domain "virtualdomain":
The network path was not found.


Any other server names including virtualdomain.kenno.com (don't know if that's good or not...) tells me:

An Active Directory Domain Controller (AC DC) for the domain "blahblahblah" could not be contacted.
Ensure that the domain name is typed correctly.
If the name is correct, click Details for troubledshooting information.

If I try and ping virtualdomain.kenno.com it's only pinging www.kenno.com on the actual internet

The annoying thing is that when I first set this up, I'm pretty sure the error mesage from the correct domain name was relating to the account I was typing in not having sufficient privlidges... Then I mucked around with pretty much everything for a few hours .... Then I added the Domain Admins group to the credentials I was using .... And haven't been able to get the same error message since...


The virtualservers ipconfig /all shows:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : dell
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : virtualdomain.kenno.com
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : virtualdomain.kenno.com
kenno.com

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : kenno.com
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-29-C0-C8-54
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.6
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.6


The separate client shows:


Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : LAPPY-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : kenno.com
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Con
nection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-19-D2-9D-20-83
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::792b:6d5d:b775:6290%13(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.7(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 218110418
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-17-2D-47-11-00-1B-24-1C-43-23

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.6
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

The one hosting the server shows:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : newpc
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : kenno.com
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigab
it Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1D-7D-D6-D5-05
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::b49c:2484:e873:a402%11(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.69(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 234888573
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-17-2D-21-2E-00-1D-7D-D6-D5-05

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.6
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled


Like I said, I can browse!
Both clients can ping the server
nslookup from the server and both clients give:
Default Server: dns3.take2
Address: 192.168.1.6

dnsmgmt shows 3 files in the 'take2' subdirectory of the Forward Lookup Zones:

(same as parent folder) , SOA , [1] dell.virtualdomain.kenno.com. ,hostmaster.virtualdomain.kenno.com
(same as parent folder) , NS , dell.virtualdomain.kenno.com.
dns3 , Host (A) , 192.168.1.6


dnsmgmt shows 2 files in the '192.168.1.x ' subdirectory of the Forward Lookup Zones:

(same as parent folder) , SOA , [1] dell.virtualdomain.kenno.com. ,hostmaster.virtualdomain.kenno.com
(same as parent folder) , NS , dell.virtualdomain.kenno.com.


Both clients and the server could browse last night but today DNS Events dispays several Warnings / Information (when the VM was running the whole time) that:


"The DNS server encountered error 32 attempting to load zone take2 (my previous DNS attempt before deleting and configuring dns3)from Active Directory. The DNS server will attempt to load this zone" ....

and:

The zone take2 is configured to accept updates but the A record for the primary server in the zeones SOA record is not available on this DNS server" ....


When I got home tonight, I couldn't browse on both clients or the Server, I restarted the server and it worked fine!
Since then .. I've deleted all DNS and reconfigued it all anyway (the config above shows how it is now).

I've tried disabling TCP/IP v6 on both clients
I've enabled NetBIOS over TCP/IP on the server
I've disabled all firewalls
I've set 'kenno.com' as the DNS Suffix in the TCP/IP v4 properties on the clients and also in the 'More' setting when trying to change from a workgroup to a domain
Only one of the client machines (the one not running the VM) will allow me to change the NetBIOS computer name ... I've tried it as newpc.virtualdomain.kenno.com and have the same issue ....

I really don't know what to try next and would really appreciate some help if anyone out there knows what's going on :)
I think I've covered everything I've tried and tried to give yo uas much detail as needed but let me know if you need anything else!

Cheers


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#1
May 1, 2012 at 06:24:43
You should start fresh again following one of the MS training guides.

First mistake was using a valid domain name kenno.com when connected to the internet. Always start with using .local not .com or other.

Also stick with just yyxx.local not virtualdomain.kenno.com. Virtualdomain is a subdomain [child]

Not sure how you did this:
dns3.take2

Servers name is dell.virtualdomain.kenno.com

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#2
May 3, 2012 at 05:55:52
Thanks for the advise.

I have a mate that wants to learn how to do this kinda stuff and I'm meant to be the one teaching him - tomorrow!! Haha!! This was my first attempt at it, I'm going to format, have a lot better understanding about it for the next attempt and hope that it works and that I can teach him something :)

I'll let you know how I go :)


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