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DNS Troubles?

Posted on 2003-02-24
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have a member server and 1 domain controller in my entire network. My member server logs into the domain with no problem, views and uses network shares with no problem, recieves DHCP info from this DC with no problem, etc. But if I try to view active directory users and computers from this machine, I get this message: "Naming information cannot be located because No authority could be contacted for authentication..." I actually reformatted the member server and started over, it worked fine for about an hour then went back to giving me this message. I also lost the ability to access the internet via NAT at this time, I cannot even access the net in the DC anymore unless I disable the private interface net card, everything was working fine earlier today - Whats going on?
Question by:Drizzt420

Expert Comment

ID: 8014648
If you do ipconfig /all from the member server does it list the IP of the DNS server? When you lose connectivity can you still ping the DC by IP and NETBIOS? I suspect it isn't getting this properly from the DHCP service. Try statically assigning the IP and DNS server IP addresses and see if this resolves it.


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ID: 8016004
I can ping the domain from the member using name and ip, vice versa is also true. I can delete all the dns entries for member server and do a succesful /registerdns

I DO NOT lose connectivity ever, I simply cannot view the active directory from the member server, which is preventing me from installing Exchange 2000 on this box
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Do you have have 2 network interfaces?
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ID: 8018551
what service pack are you running? I used to have this problem a couple of years ago after first upgrading my domain. i, too, thought it was dns related. ipconfig /flushdns would fix the problem for awhile, but it would always return.

i also noticed that when the problem would occur and i would try to ping my domain controller (or anything else for that matter), it would reply with its netbios name rather than the fqdn. i finally solved the problem by disabling the 'dns client' service on my pc, and any other affected boxes. apparently what happens is the client has a dns cache which it checks before querying the dns server. for whatever reason, the client 'forgets' to go out and query the server whenever something isn't in its cache, and then you get all sorts of freaky problems.

so, disabling the dns client service causes the machine to always query the dns server. a little more traffic, sure, which i was more than willing to accept to get rid of such a frustrating problem.

btw, you can disable the service through windows group policy. very convenient if you decide to turn it off on a large number of clients.


Expert Comment

ID: 8022423
does the server reference the DC DNS?

try this on the DC DNS:


I had same problem.  This fixed it.


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Laith98 earned 400 total points
ID: 8032333
Hi there Drizzt:
you error message is
"Naming Convention could not be located because:
No authority could be contacted for authentication.
Contact your system administrator to verify that your domain is properly configured and is currently online"

here is the solution:

Please do it first on the member server and if it is still does not  work do it on the DC

These errors may occur if the Kerberos realm is NOT equal to the NetBIOS domain name.

To fix this problem:

1. Use the Regedt32 to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY.

2. Use the Security / Permissions menu to grant Full Control to Administrators.


4. Select the <No Name> Value Name and press Display Binary Data on the View menu.

5. The ASCII text in the Binary Data is the Kerberos realm, which must be the same as the NetBIOS domain name. To check it, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY\Policy\PolPrDmN, select the <No Name> Value Name and press Display Binary Data on the View menu. Select the Byte option on the Binary Data dialog. The ASCII text is the NetBIOS domain name. If the Kerberos realm is equal to the NetBIOS domain name, exit this procedure.

6. Double-click the <No Name> Value Name at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY\Policy\PolPrDmN.

7. Press CTRL+C to copy the data from the Binary Editor to the clipboard.

8. Double-click the <No Name> Value Name at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY\Policy\PolAcDmN.

9. Press CTRL+V to paste the NetBIOS domain name from the clipboard to the Kerberos realm in the Binary Editor.

NOTE: After making the above change, repeat steps 3 through 5 to verify that the Kerberos realm and the NetBIOS domain name are equal.

NOTE: You must shutdown and restart your server for these changes to take effect

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