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I have a 2000 server and it is in Native Mode. At the Logon screen, the DOMAIN displays my netBIOS computer domain that I put in during installation. Isn't it supposted to show the DNS domain name? If it is supposed to, please give me intructions on how to get it to display the DNS domain name. I am having trouble getting a 2000 professional PC to connect to it.
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by:White_Buffalo
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What is "native mode"?

The netBIOS name is not a domain login, but is used for accessing the machine via a local machine account. The pulldown menu at the bottom of the login box should have both the domain and local machine listed as login options. I think it will display the name of the last resource used to authenticate a user (in other words, at first it will display the machine name, then after you login to the domain it will display the domain name).

Irregardless of the resource displayed at the login box, your issue of connecting from a 2K pro workstation is separate. A server will still authenticate regardless of whether someone is logged in or not.

Hope this helps.
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by:palove
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by:palove
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I have the 2000 server as a primary domain controller. I ran dcpromo and it promoted the server from a member server to a 2000 domain controller. During the upgrade process it asked for the DNS domain name and a netbios domain name. I filled in both parts. Now at the logon screen on the server, the only domain it shows is the NetBios domain name (which NT 4.0 uses). I went to a computer class sometime back and it showed the DNS domain name, not the NETBIOS. Remember that windows 2000 uses DNS for name resolution, not netbios unless you have non-2000 PCs. Also, when I connect from a 2000 professional machine, it only displays the netbios domain for authentication. What I think is the problem is that I do not have DNS properly set up on the server. I used the default settings for DNS during the upgrade. If the domain name is supposed to be in NetBios format, then please tell me. But I am pretty sure that something is not set up correctly.
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by:White_Buffalo
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Was this machine upgraded from NT4? Regardless, what is the netBIOS name? I am currently in a class for Win2K and the instructor said that when converting from 4.0 to 2K it is important to note that the Host Name convention used natively in 2K is not really friendly to the old netBIOS naming convention. If a machine had a netBIOS name with an illegal character (like an underscore "_"), then this name would not translate to a valid Host Name.

Hope this helps
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by:White_Buffalo
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Try logging in with the "username@domain.domain.rootdomain." format. I'm a little confused with what your logging in to. Does the domain name box grey out when you get to the "@" character?
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by:palove
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This is a fresh install of 2000 server.
This is what I see at the server logon screen:

Username: Administrator
Password: *******
Domain: company

If I remember correctly from a Windows 2000 class, the domain name should be in the following web format:

company.com

Even the Professional machine has the NetBIOS domain name. What domain name do you have in your class? If you could tell me, then that would tell me if I am doing something wrong. Thanks.
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Lee W, MVP earned 200 total points
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I don't believe that's the case - I am sitting at my home Win2K PDC and when I log in or out, I only see my standard domain name - in my case, "UNIVERSE".  My internet form domain name is "universe.local", but that doesn't appear.
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by:White_Buffalo
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So, could you connect or what? Did leew's answer resolve your issue?!?
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by:vlak
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Hi all,
3 years later (;-)) I am facing tha same problem:
When I try to logon on the PDC in the domain list I have ONLY NETBIOS servers name (autom aticaly generated during DCPROMO - promoting W2K server from workgroup member server to PDC).
Actually I can't solution....
pls help
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