dns problems

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i have two remote sites that i am having problems getting dns to work properly
both servers at the sites are domain controllers
but when i got to cmd prompt and type in NSLOOKUP
i get '"cant find seerrver name for address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx: Non0Existent domain
Default server are not available
Default server:Unknown"

i made sure that the servers are pointing to themselves in dns network properties
i have even uninstalled and reinstalled DNS from the servers and still i get the same thing
this is probably cause my replication problems of not being able to find each other
i dont know what else to look at
please HELP!

ccordova
adtekengineers, inc

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Download the support tools for Windows 2000 and run
1) dcdiag /v /fix > dcdiag.log (and review the log.)
2) netdiag /v /fix > netdiag.log (and review the log.)

This will give you an indication of the possible errors.
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Have you tried creating a reverse lookup zone? I think nslookup requires a reverse lookup zone to work properly and the error you mentioned might not mean that DNS is not working properly.

Don't have a Win2K server handy so can't give you the exact steps, but if it's anything like NT4 you would create a new primary zone with your IP subnet address in reverse, e.g. if your subnet address is 10.1.2.0/24 then the zone name would be 2.1.10.in-addr.arpa.

If that's not too clear perhaps someone else could post Win2K instructions.

Hope that helps.

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When did the problem begin?
Have you ever been successful using nslookup?
What changed?  Were there any hardware/software additions/removals?

1. try nslookup from www.codeflux.com/tools

2. can you ping the servers IP addresses and friendly names?  

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good tip, the reverse lookup zones for my 2 remote site were missing, i was able to find walk me throughs and i got the problem fix
thanks
carlos cordova
adtekengineers, inc.

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