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Cannot see my computer in the domain

From anywhere in the domain I cannot see my station.  Yes, File and print services is on.  The machine i am running is a winxp (sp1), the pdc is an nt4 (sp6a) server.  According to the Server Manager in the PDC my station is greyed out.  I can double click on it and it will show the properties for the my computer.  But under the computer type it states that it is a "Windows NT Workstation or Server".  Before it would show up as a "Windows NT 5.1 Workstation".  I really don't know what the deal is.  I usually try to find my own answers instead of going to a board.  But im stuck!

I can ping other computers and my own using the ip address and netbios names.
I can access any resource on the network (shared folders, network drives, print and file services).
I can access any printer (if that makes a difference).

I took the computer out of the domain and into a workgroup, then from a workgroup back to the domain. (this usually takes care of these problems, but it didn't in this case).

PLEASE HELP!!!!!
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stevenlewisCommented:
Are you using WINS?
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stevenlewisCommented:
also did you remove the machine account form the server, and then rejoin form the WS?
can anyone else reach your mahcine (ping or unc access?)
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dansotoCommented:
Can you see it in the WINS database?
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spacedragonCommented:
You can also try to rename the computer. BUT you might find yourself having to create a new user profile.
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ferg-oCommented:
WINS sucks!

One way to get yourself back in there is to remove your machine from the domain (put it in a workgroup), synchronise the domain, then put your machine back in the domain. Depending on how you have your profiles set up this may cause hassle so you may need to log in as local admin and manually copy some stuff between automatically created profiles.

This method screws up sometimes (or used to - it's been a while...) though as the SID (unique machine identifier..) may remain - in this case you will not be able to add the machine with the same name thereby messing up your profile/s so use something like NewSID:

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/newsid.shtml

To sort that out.
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TheTechManCommented:
I'm thinking this is an upgrade to XP... is it?  Also, is it XP Home or XP Pro?  There is a difference, especially concerning logons.

Good luck!

Tech

* "Help...  it's not easy, but it comes back around when you need it!"
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jungle_kpCommented:
As others have said, you need to make sure that WINS is setup completely if you have multiple subnets. If not, try and delete/insert a new entry into the machine-manager thing on the NT4 PDC. This should fit the netbios name you have given your workstation.

If this does not work, i believe there is a feature in Windows XP where you can "automatically" setup your lan. This might work, but i cannot elaborate on this at all.
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compuphonicCommented:
wooaah you guys are scary.. new SIDs ? remove from the domain ?

NBTSTAT is the command you want. From the problem workstation try:

NBTSTAT -RR

There could be Master browser problems, NT4 does this quite often. Use the resource kit tools BrowMon or (better) BrowStat. If you don't have access to these rebooting the master browser (not necessarily the PDC) for the subnet and/or domain will clear it.

There is a possibliliy this is a secure channel problem, I'll wait to hear what results you get.
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rubix1Author Commented:
Thank you all for the prompt response.  I appologise for not being detail:

OS Name     Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version     5.1.2600 Service Pack 1 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer     Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer     Dell Computer Corporation
System Model     OptiPlex GX110
System Type     X86-based PC
Processor     x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~731 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date     Dell Computer Corporation A02, 1/28/2000
SMBIOS Version     2.3
Hardware Abstraction Layer     Version = "5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)"
Total Physical Memory     512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory     279.46 MB
Total Virtual Memory     1.34 GB
Available Virtual Memory     926.03 MB
Page File Space     865.34 MB

So as you can see the pc is up-to-date with sp and hotfixes.  

stevenlewis: yes, we are running wins on our domain. i also did remove the troubled pc from the domain and rejoined it as well as taking the pc out of the domain and the rebooting the pc to authenticate with the pdc (no luck).

dansoto:  yes, i can see the wins db and i do have the pc registered within wins.

spacedragon:  yes to your question too.  this was actually one of the first troubleshooting techniques that i tried.  after renaming i looked at the pdc and it still had the troubled pc grayed out (do keep in mind though, i can still view the properties of the troubled pc)

ferg-o:  i have to agree w/ you, wins does suck.  about your response, i've tried this already.  
(I think my trouble is with the wins db)

compuphonic:
nbtstat -rr  reported:
resolved by broadcast = 0
resolved by name server = 23
registered by broadcast = 0
registered by name server = 7

(im going to be looking into browstat)


Everyone, this is the strage part of this dilema.  If i do a search for the pc, it finds it. but when i look at the domain it's not there.
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compuphonicCommented:
Ok, I should have been clearer...

nbtstat -RR

The -RR option must be in upper case. -rr is will actually give you -r which is a differnt command.

However it does tell me your WINS is resolving queries fine.

Your comment to ferg-o, WINS databases very unlikely to be corrupted. WINS is in fact reliable and often takes the blame for faults elsewhere in the OS
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rubix1Author Commented:
sorry about that compuphonic, i guess I was in a hurry.  the result came back: "The NetBIOS names registered by this computer have been refreshed."
but it still does not show up in the domain.
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rubix1Author Commented:
sorry about that compuphonic, i guess I was in a hurry.  the result came back: "The NetBIOS names registered by this computer have been refreshed."
but it still does not show up in the domain.
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compuphonicCommented:
Have a look at the following for further info:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q188305

Two other things worth trying if you can't get hold of Browstat, restart the Browser service on your PDC, and check that the NetBios description is not too long, as described in:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;231312
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rubix1Author Commented:
sorry about that compuphonic, i guess I was in a hurry.  the result came back: "The NetBIOS names registered by this computer have been refreshed."
but it still does not show up in the domain.
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stevenlewisCommented:
Is it showing up in the WINS Db?
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rubix1Author Commented:
yes, it is showing up in the db.  
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rubix1Author Commented:
Sorry everyone, what i did was to uninstall file and print sharing, then reinstall it....that fixed this issue.

sorry no points

thank you all for all the great answers.
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