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I have just set up a computer room with 22 PC's all with identical XP professional setups, 4 od them will not connect to uor nt4 server. They display the follwoing error message.
Windows cannot connect to this domain either because the domain controller is down or otherwise unavailable or because your computer account was not found. I have tried the MS knowledge base article 318266 but this doesn't fix it. I have installed the latest NIC card drivers. The other strange thing is that I can only log on locally using the Administrator account none of the others local account work.
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by:yoann_prout
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Try to "ghost" or "driveimage" one working comp to a non-working comp, change the IP and test.
Or test a non-working comp with the hard drive of a working comp.
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by:barton_1954
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Sorry, don't have that software available. Also XP is a bit fussy about things like this isn't it? I have tried removingthe IP adress and removing it from the domain but didn't make any difference
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by:yoann_prout
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Another solution to "ghost" (I have already tried it, but with 2k Windows, and it works [but, like in your case, you must have a windows installed on the destination disk]) is to boot from a third PC with the 2 other 2 hard drives.
And just copy files from the working comp's HD to the non-working comp's HD... but I agree that it really looks like a "patched-up job".
As you said you have XP and I think it will not like this "solution" more than the first one.
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by:cbakker
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Try logging on lacally and rightclick "my computer" and go to properties.
Change the network identification settings by changing the name of the conmputer and add the computer again to the domain. You need a domain admin username and password but I suspect you know that ;)

This way you create a new account on the NT server and it solved similair problems for me several times.
Perhaps you need to check on the NT server in the computer accounts to remove the malfunctioning (now obsolete) accounts.  
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by:barton_1954
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cbakker - thanks for that I was nearly there myself with that one. Someone told me that this is a known problem. If you delete the entry from the Server Manager, it also fixes it as you then can add it back in again.
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JMansford earned 100 total points
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Yes, you can't just simply make an exact copy of a machine as doing so duplicates the machine's SID (which must be unique on the domain)

Removing the machine from the domain (in to a workgroup) and re-introducing it to the domain generates a new SID for the machine.

When imaging machines, it's always good to move the machine to a workgroup and then image it.  Then, when you come to use the image you start by renaming the machine and then add it to the domain.

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by:nick_s
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there is also a nice little utility called NewSid available at sysinternals.com. You can apply the new to the machine without having to remove at add back to domain.

Nick
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