How to detect the Workstation domain remotely

We are in the process of migrating all of our users and computers from the old NT4 domain structures. I am in the process of writing a program to check for fallout. My program accepts a list of computer names as input, then remotely connects to each computer usisg RegConnectRegistry, and then I query different values to determine the success/failure of the migration of that particular machine, writing the results out to a log file.

I am having a tough time figuring out how to determine the Workstation domain (not the logon domain) remotely. Is there any identifier in the registry that I may have missed, or perhaps a command line utility? I have found that if I  run 'net.exe' with 'config workstation' I receive the info I need, but cannot run it against remote computers.

If anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate them. And, fwiw, we have a mix of Windows OS's, but I am primarily concerned with NT4, 2K, and XP.

Thanks,
Jeff
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scampgbCommented:
Hi jpetter,

I think that the registry key you're looking for is MachineDomain in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSMQ\Parameters\Setup

You can find out more at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/default.asp?url=/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/regentry/91598.asp - but is sounds exactly like what you're looking for.

I hope that this helps.
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jpetterAuthor Commented:
scampgb,

That's the key I had been checking, but I thought I read an article stating it wasn't present on all builds. I've dug through my history files and naturally I cannot find it. Also, that key isn't present on NT4 systems, but I think I can use HKLM\System|CurrentControlSet\Services\Private\NetLogon and read the 'NetbiosDomainName' value name.

Thanks,
Jeff
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scampgbCommented:
Hi.  Thanks for the "A".  Glad I could help.
I looked at it on a WinXP box, but I don't have an NT one to play with at present!
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jpetterAuthor Commented:
No problem. Interestingly enough, or should I say frustratingly enough, I have found Win2K machines that do not have that key. It looks like I may have two choices.
1. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion and grab the CachePrimaryDomain value, though I don't know how reliable that is.
2. Resort to WMI...which I don't really want to do.

Jeff
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