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Hi,
I am trying to connect 2 computers to a win2k server. this is for a home network i am trying to set up to study and learn.
here is what i have done so far:
I installed win2k server in a computer (dell PIII 1.1 GHZ), i made this computer the domain controller, it is also the DHCP server, and i installed Active Directory.
the DHCP server is working and has given out IP addresses and when i ping it with xp it responds.
I have one PC with XP pro (P4 2.0 GHZ) that i would like to connect to the server.
I succesfully joined the domain, but when i try to log into the domain, XP just hangs in the screen that says "loading your personal settings". i left it alone for awhile but nothing happened so i rebooted. i tried twice to log into the domain but no luck.
i created a user in Active Directory and that is the user i wanted to log into the domain.
i want to be able to use the server for disk space, share files and basically learn more.
i also have a laptop with XP Home. i know that home edition cannot join a domain so i will upgrade to Pro later.
i hope i have provide enough information to amke it easier to help me.
by the way, i am in the process of downloading the latest service pack for win2k server.
thank you
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Check the Event Viewer on the XP Pro machine while logged in as a local administrator.  Do you see any errors, particularly with source Userenv?

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yes i did see an error. here it is:
"Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network. (The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted. ). Group Policy processing aborted."
thank you for your reply :)
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Aha...  Did you happen to name your domain with a single label (such as mydomain)?  If you didn't use a name with 'dots' like mydomain.local, it can generate this kind of errors and you will need to do some extra configuration.  By the way, is your W2K DC running service pack 4?

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thank you for yor reply.
i am pretty sure i named my domain notirock.local, but i could not be 100% certain. where could i check that?
also, last night i installed SP4 and this morning i was able to log into the domain, it took about 3-4 minutes "loading personal settings" (does usually takes that long?) but finally loaded. i am not certain i did things correctly but it seems to be working.
you seem to have an idea of this things. could you tell me where can i find basic information about setting up my server? i have a MS book but if full of technical details and  get lost in that. i am willing to reinstall if necessary in order to do things correctly.
thank you for your help :)
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There are several places where you can tell what the name of your domain is:

 - Active Directory Users and Computers
 - Active Directory Domains and Trusts
 - Right-click My Computer and select Properties; click Network Identification tab: domain is listed underneath the full computer name.

One of the best places for basic, clear instructions on how to set up your server, believe it or not(!), is the built-in help in Windows 2000 Server.  Click Help on the Start Menu; when the help application appears, take a look at the link called Checklists in the right-hand pane.

Microsoft's website has quite a number of helpful step-by-step guides for setting up various aspects of W2K server and AD.  They can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/walkthroughs/default.asp

Another excellent resource is the free webcasts that Microsoft offers for all different levels of expertise.  I would definitely recommend that you check these out:  http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/events/webcasts/default.mspx

Hope this helps,
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thank you very much for taking the time to respond to my question. i will for sure check out the links you posted.
again, thank you for your time,
-elharagan
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I certainly appreciate the thanks!  Happy networking...

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