Joining a security domain over a WAN
Posted on 2003-10-26
I am in the process of setting up a new Windows 2000 domain. The domain consists of PC's in two seperate buildings, on two seperate subnets, connected by Cisco routers and only one Domain Controller located in the main building.
The problem is that I am trying to figure out why the PC's in the remote building, they are running windows 2000, cannot join the windows 2000 domain. I get the message that the "Domain could not be contacted." The PC's in the building with the Domain Controller are having no problem connecting to the domain. The two buildings are on different subnets, and are connected by Cisco routers. I at first thought it was a Cisco routing problem, but i could ping the PC's on the other subnet, and the trace route went the correct route. Then when i tried to ping using the PC's name, it would not resolve the machine name to the IP address. I have set up DNS on the sever, and it is working properly. The PC's have the DNS address of the Domain Controller listed as the primary DNS server.
The thing that adds the complexity is the fact that they are on a mixed Novell and MS network and they get their DHCP addresses from the Novell Servers(this is their first MS server). Because of this they do not update the DNS server with their IP address.