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Only one workstation can't see Win2003 Server DC.

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I'm setting up a client's network.  He bought 3 brand new Dell 2400's w/ WinXP Pro.  The server is a new Dell PowerEdge 600 with Win2003 Server.  Two of the workstations joined the domain just fine.  The third says it ca't find the domain controller.  However the third system is getting its DHCP addresses (and internet connectivity) just fine.  I can also ping the server with no problems.  Any ideas?
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Check that the third machine is pointing to the same DNS Servers as the DC and that the DNS servers have a full set of _MSDCS records in the AD domain zone

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by:Brian Coughter
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I'll check that.  If the _MSDCS records were non-existant, wouldn't the other two systems have trouble joining?
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Usually yes, but if they had the PDC dns record cached locally, they might still succeed

IPCONFIG /REGISTERDNS from the DC command line will put any missing records back

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JamesDS
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by:Brian Coughter
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Cool.  Thanks.  I have to wait until Friday morning to try it but I'll let you know.
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