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I have a windows 2000 domain (named a.b.c) with a single domain controller (named DC1) running in mixed mode. DC1 also has 2 NICS and is the internet gateway for all the workstations in the domain. DC1 is running DNS, but all the workstations and the PDC use a solaris machine (named SOL) for DNS lookups.

I am trying to add a second domain controller (named DC2) as a backup. When I run the active directory wizard on DC2 it gives an error saying that the wizard cannot gain access to the list of domains in the forest. DC2 can join a.b.c, but can't become a BDC for a.b.c. Also when I added DC2 to a.b.c, I had to use the pre windows 2000 domain name (named D).  I have a feeling that this is either a DNS problem or a problem with mixed mode, but I don't know what specifically. I no longer have any pre-windows 2000 machines in the domain, but I have not switched DC1 to native mode. Will doing this help?

Also a few things I tried that might give some extra info:  

I CAN ping DC2 from DC1 with name and FQDN i.e. ping DC2 and ping DC2.a.b.c both work
I CAN ping DC1 from DC2 using name but not FQDN i.e. ping DC1 works but NOT ping DC1.a.b.c

Anyone know why can't I add this BDC?
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Two things:-

1) What versing of BIND are you running on your DNS server?  Does it support Dynamic DNS and SRV records?

2) There are several documented issues in the MS KB that result from havng multi-homed DC's.  It may be better to use a non-DC as your router..

Michael.
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