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Active Directory Users and Computers Connection Problem

Posted on 2004-10-14
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Hello,

I have a Windows 2000 AD domain. I'm using Windows XP SP1 on my workstations. I have the Administration tools for AD installed on my XP machine.

My problem is this. I sometimes lose my connection to Active Directory. I'll open Active Directory Users and Computers and sometimes see a "cannot find domain" or an RPC unavailable error. Restarting the PC will allow me to again connect to AD with Active Directory Users and Computers. I'm also able to sometimes get access by specifying a different domain controller in the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I'm not sure that this is a workstation specific problem. One of my co-workers has the same problem on his XP machine. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks,
Rod
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Hi

Yes I had this on the only two XP-SP1 machines on the domain (win 2k machines no problem) - sporadically just disconnecting from the network for no good reason - very intermittently and with no pattern to it. I don't know if yours is the same issue, but it appeared to start after applying further windows update patches. On the ones I had (they were Dells) running an ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew corrected it until the next time. Nothing in event logs either but you may as well have a look. AFter further patches this problem seems to have vanished and I never managed to narrow it down.  I'd consider enabling netbios over tcp/ip on the nic, and adding an entry for the server on your lmhosts file to see if that helps at all.

Deb :))
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I'll give that a try. It's more of an annoyance than anything right now. Thanks Deb.
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I found that if I added the hostnames along with their respective IP addresses to the hosts file, I don't have the problem.
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