troubleshooting Question

DNS Not Correctly Registering Active Directory DNS Records

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I have a W2K DC with AD and this has been running fine for about three years.  The server is a DHCP server and had DNS working just fine until I had some laptops with duplicate/static IP's show up.  I didn't realize these people were no longer using DHCP and had configured their home networks with the same scope to make things easier for them.  Needless to say, my "solution" has become a problem.

In deleting their DNS entries, I managed to wipe out the _msdcs, _sites, _tcp, _udp folders for this zone along with all of the records.  The DNS server is (was) AD-integrated and allowing automatic updates.

I tried to reinstall DNS to no avail per: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=294328  Unfortunately, the DNS server is installed, but the AD required folders aren't restored.  According to: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=260371 netdiag /fix should correct the problem, but I get the following error:

DNS test . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Failed
          [WARNING] Cannot find a primary authoritative DNS server for the name
            'ATIFS1.acoustic.'. [RCODE_SERVER_FAILURE]
            The name 'ATIFS1.acoustic.' may not be registered in DNS.
    [FATAL] Failed to fix: DC DNS entry _ldap._tcp.acoustic. re-registeration on
 DNS server '192.168.200.2' failed.

The reverse lookup zone is being correctly populated as workstations are assigned IP's by DHCP on this server.

I have removed and reinstalled DNS and tried setting it up various ways.  This server is pointed to itself as the only DNS and I have worked through everything mentioned here: http://oldlook.experts-exchange.com:8080/Networking/WinNT_Networking/Q_20730750.html#9451087
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