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Workgroup computers not resolving AD zone records??

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I am having a problem with a  computer being able to resolve computer names in my domain. The computer is pointing to the proper DNS servers for my domain (using DHCP) and I can resolve web sites with no problem. I was thinking this might be a security issue, as the zone is AD integrated. but I have not been able to get anything to work. Unfortunately, I cannot join this machine to my domain as it is running Windows XP Home Edition. I am ok with it being off the domain, I would just prefer it to be able to resolve computer names. Any suggestions?
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    by:crissand
    Enable netbios over tcp/ip and point to the existing wins server.
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    by:JWise1203
    Do I need to use WINS? Is there any way to read directly from the Domain DNS Zone?
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    It should be, but the browser work with netbios. Maybe we can dig more together, please, post here the result of ipconfig /all on one of the computers. You can test the dns yourself. Open a command prompt and type nslookup. If the connection is succesfull, you'll see another prompt. Type the name of one of the computers that dns must solve. Try first only the name of the computer, then the url name like computer.domain.zone. See if the dns solve the name to ip address.

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    by:JWise1203
    I was able to get everything working properly. I should have thought about it before, what you need to do is:

    1. Go into TCP/IP properties on the network card that is plugged into the network.
    2. Click the Advanced button.
    3. Go to the DNS tab.
    4. Look for the "DNS suffix for this connection:" box and type in the DNS suffix (i.e. microsoft.com)
    5. Check the "Register this connection's addresses" in DNS checkbox

    When you join a domain the DNS suffix is changed automatically. But, since the machine is not joining a domain this is what needs to be done.
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    ok.
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