Windows Server 2003 domain error message

March 28, 2011 at 13:25:01
Specs: Windows 7
Hi everybody,

I was trying to add a Windows XP Professional computer to a Windows Server 2003 domain when i encountered this error message shown below:

” A domain controller for the domain nwtraders could not be contacted”

How do i resolve this issue? Note: i could ping server 2003 ip address successfully from windows xp pro computer. Can anyone help unravel this issue?


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#1
March 28, 2011 at 15:03:09
usual reason is the workstation is not pointed at the ms dns server but to the internet which has no knowledge of your local computers.

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#2
March 29, 2011 at 16:50:40
@wanderer
Thanks a lot for replying to my post. I have little knowledge of computers. How do i resolve this issue to be precise?

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#3
March 29, 2011 at 17:25:00
to be precise you point the workstation to the ip address of the dc/dns server not the gateway or internet which has no knowledge of your AD domain.

This should be covering in the training exercise.

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#4
April 7, 2011 at 02:28:48
Provide Preferred DNS Server IP Address as Domain Controller IP Address in Windows XP
Type domain name as "domainname" only do not type ".com"
then try

Still if it is not
First check ping with DC IP Address
Stop firewall in Windows XP PC


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#5
April 7, 2011 at 17:50:58
@VENKAT
Thanks a lot for taking time out to reply to my post. However, unfortunately it hasn't solved the issue.

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#6
April 7, 2011 at 21:00:01
Try to DNS forward record for that Xp computer and then try to add to domain. check also by nslookup command from xp machine

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#7
April 8, 2011 at 11:59:56
@venkat & ganes & wanderer
I have been able to join my client xp computer to the domain successfully just few minutes ago. Thanks a lot guys. However my client computer can ping my server 2003 (named london) successfully but my server computer could not ping my client computer successfully. Also, my server can nslookup my client successfully but when i tried to nslook my server from my client. "DNS REQUEST TIMED OUT IS DISPLAYED". I'm using virtual machines via Vmware Workstation to do all these things.

From my server 2003 command line utility:
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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>ping london

Pinging LONDON.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.1] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 4ms, Average = 1ms

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>nslookup london
DNS request timed out.
timeout was 2 seconds.
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.1: Timed out
*** Default servers are not available
Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.0.1

Name: london.nwtraders.com
Address: 192.168.0.1


C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>ping london

Pinging LONDON.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.1] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>nslookup london
DNS request timed out.
timeout was 2 seconds.
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.1: Timed out
*** Default servers are not available
Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.0.1

Name: london.nwtraders.com
Address: 192.168.0.1


C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>


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From my client xp pro computer command line utility:
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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>ping london

Pinging LONDON.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.1] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 4ms, Average = 1ms

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>nslookup london
DNS request timed out.
timeout was 2 seconds.
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.1: Timed out
*** Default servers are not available
Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.0.1

Name: london.nwtraders.com
Address: 192.168.0.1


C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>ping london

Pinging LONDON.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.1] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>nslookup london
DNS request timed out.
timeout was 2 seconds.
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.1: Timed out
*** Default servers are not available
Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.0.1

Name: london.nwtraders.com
Address: 192.168.0.1


C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>ping london

Pinging london.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.1] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>


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#8
April 8, 2011 at 13:28:24
clearly dns server is not properly setup. Appears the dns server does not have a host record for itself

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#9
April 8, 2011 at 14:44:28
@wanderer
Thanks. How do i set it up properly from here?

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#10
April 8, 2011 at 15:33:10
What do you mean "from here?"

You connect to the ms dns server and go into the forward lookup zone and see if the server has a host record.

it should look like this

server name host[A] ipaddress

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#11
April 14, 2011 at 14:32:28
Hi Wanderer,
I have connected to my dns server like you instructed and into forward lookup zone and this is what i saw to be precise:

London(myservername) host(a) 192.168.0.1
xpprouser(clientname) host(a) 192.168.0.11

and unfortunately both server and client xpprouser could not ping each other successfully as shown below:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping london
Ping request could not find host london. Please check the name and try again.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>


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Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.3790]
(C) Copyright 1985-2003 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping olubalogun

Pinging olubalogun.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.10] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.10:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping xpprouser

Pinging xpprouser.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.11] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.11:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>

Any suggestions guys? should i re-install windows server 2003?


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#12
April 14, 2011 at 14:41:37
lets see a ipconfig /all from the workstation you are pinging from

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#13
April 14, 2011 at 14:44:53
hi venkat,

You said: "Provide Preferred DNS Server IP Address as Domain Controller IP Address in Windows XP2"

My server2003 preferred DNS server is: 127.0.0.1, How do i insert this into my windowsxp2.


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#14
April 15, 2011 at 09:34:53
You don't. That would be a huge mistake.

On the MS dns server you can have dns pointing to the server itself either by using 127.0.0.1 or the servers ip address.

Since a workstation is not a dns server you would not use the loopback ip for dns on a workstation.

Still looking for that ipconfig /all from a workstation.

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#15
April 15, 2011 at 12:37:57
@Wanderer
Thanks for your reply. Below are the ipconfig /all for all the workstations;

Hi wanderer,
ipconfig /all from xp1

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : olubalogun
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : nwtraders.com
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : nwtraders.com
localdomain

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : localdomain
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-29-2C-BD-4E
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.128
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 14 April 2011 22:31:57
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 14 April 2011 23:01:57

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>
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ipconfig /all from xp2:


Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : yomiajayi
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : nwtraders.com
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : nwtraders.com
localdomain

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : localdomain
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-29-9B-E3-D8
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.133
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 14 April 2011 22:49:18
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 14 April 2011 23:19:18

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator>

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ipconfig /all from xpprouser:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : xpprouser
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : nwtraders.com
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : nwtraders.com
localdomain

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : localdomain
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-29-DA-10-2B
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.134
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.88.2
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 15 April 2011 20:32:58
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 15 April 2011 21:02:58

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>


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#16
April 15, 2011 at 13:03:22
1st error:
you can't have localdomain and nwtraders.com. search and suffix should be the same

2nd error:
you are not pointing to the MS dns server for any of your dns entries. This is why nslookup etc did not work. This is also why you got the original error that started this thread.

error3:
your router is not a wins server and can not resolve netbios names nor can it forward to anything that could. You should have wins on your server and the workstation entry pointing correctly to the servers ip

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#17
April 15, 2011 at 13:29:28
@wanderer.
Thanks for your assistance. I borrowed this book titled "sams teach yourself microsoft windows server 2003 in 24 hours by joe habraken". I was able to configure dns clients via this book and subsequently i was able to ping client xpprouser from server london and vice versa. Look below:

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ping server london from clientxpprouser
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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping london

Pinging london.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.1] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 1ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>


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pinging clientxpprouser from server london
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Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.3790]
(C) Copyright 1985-2003 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping xpprouser

Pinging xpprouser.nwtraders.com [192.168.0.11] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.11: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.11: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.11: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.11: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.11:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 1ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>



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#18
April 18, 2011 at 12:15:43
Oh my God... i have not been able to ping my server to my client and vice versa again. Im back to square 1. Let me reveal the tcp/ip settings of my clients (named xpprouser, olubalogun and yomiajayi) and server2003 (named london).

server2003 (named london)
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use the following ip address (selected)
ip address: 192.168.0.1
subnet mask: 255-255-255-0
default gateway:
use the following dns server addresses (selected)
preferred dns server: 127.0.0.1
alternate dns server:

client1 (named xpprouser)
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obtain an ip address automatically (selected)
ip address:
subnet mask:
default gateway:
use the following dns server addresses (selected)
preferred dns server: 192.168.0.1
alternate dns server:


client2 (named olubalogun)
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obtain an ip address automatically (selected)
ip address:
subnet mask:
default gateway:
use the following dns server addresses (selected)
preferred dns server: 192.168.0.1
alternate dns server:

client3 (named yomiajayi)
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obtain an ip address automatically (selected)
ip address:
subnet mask:
default gateway:
obtain dns server address automatically (selected)
preferred dns server:
alternate dns server:


Guys, these are my tcp/ip settings for the server2003 and 3 clients. Could you make right changes to these settings for me please. I will really appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you guys a.s.a.p.



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#19
April 18, 2011 at 13:08:50
obal85 your settings above look fine
have configured the server as a dhcp server?

review the chapter on doing so in the book you borrowed

conerning ping make sure the software firewalls are set to allow it.

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#20
April 18, 2011 at 13:29:27
ok thanks @wanderer

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