Win2000 DNS - domain controller issue

Posted on 2003-02-25
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18

Trying to register a WinXPPro machine to the domain, and getting errors back saying:
The domain name xyz might be a NetBIOS domain name.  If this is the case, verify that the domain name is properly registered with WINS.

If you are certain that the name is not a NetBIOS domain name, then the following information can help you troubleshoot your DNS configuration.

DNS was successfully queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain xyz:

The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.xyz

The following domain controllers were identified by the query:

(no domain controllers found)
Common causes of this error include:

- Host (A) records that map the name of the domain controller to its IP addresses are missing or contain incorrect addresses.

- Domain controllers registered in DNS are not connected to the network or are not running.


Most of it I can probably get a workaround with through LMHOSTS and NetBeui and the like... but no domain controllers found?

Any ideas??
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How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows

Use and NetDiag and Check %windir%\debug\netsetup.log  

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Thanks. The problem was that the two interfaces on the server (internal, external) were being confused and when the query was made for a domain controller it was looking at the external IP which caused it not to be found.

I had to disable the external interface and then configure DNS for the internal IP only. Then reenabled the external, now it works.

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gkhewitt.  If the above solution did not work, would you like me to close and PAQ this question.  Experts do not like B grades sometimes, and in this case I would agree.  I can close this, refund your points and place it in PAQ.

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