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Hi.  Here's my setup:  Windows NT domain with XP workstations, and a Windows server 2003 file / print server and for a brief while was a VPN server which couldn't vpn (server is called called win2k3server). Everything was running "hot, straight and normal" except the vpn.

In an attempt to get vpn working on win2k3server, I upgraded the NT PDC (primary domain controller) to Windows 2000 Server (called ntserver) w/ Active directory.  All my workstations / users are listed in the ntserver active directory users / computers as is win2k3server.  All my workstations can browse the network and see the shares on other workstations and the PDC but NOT ON MY SERVER 2003 (win2k3server).  I have folders shared out on the win2k3server w/ "everyone - full" permissions, but the workstations can't see those nor connect to those.  I tried browsing to see those and I tried the "map network drive" option.  When I try to map it, I get prompted to give Admin account info for the domain, I do, and it say's it's wrong credentials.  Oh, those same credentials will login to the console on the win2k3server.

I then tried to make the Server 2003 a backup domain controller, it asked me for and admin account / password / domain with admin rights to do so.  I give it these and it comes back w/ the domain controller can't be reached.  I went to the 2000 Server's Active Direcorty Users / Computers, deleted the "Win2k3server".  I go back to the windows server 2003 box, try to install active directory again, and same issues.  I can ping to any workstation by name (i.e. I can ping my Win 2K DC [ping ntserver], and it replies).  I can "ping win2k3server" from my ntserver, and vice versa.

On the Computer Name tab of System Properties on the win2k3server it is listed as "win2k3server.<domain>".  I've also tried removing the win2k3server from the domain, then reinstalling it.  Same results.  I did have VPN server running on the win2k3server for a while, but could not get vpn users to authenticate.  Again, errors stating that domain account info was incorrect.  I've since removed vpn server from the win2k3server and still can't get the server to work.

Would I be better off to do clean install of the 2000 server PDC AND the Server 2003?  Clean install of the Server 2003?  I have 7 users on my network.  Suggestions?

Thanks,
Eric
hptechnician
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P. S. - For VPN info. purpose, my router is a Linksys w/ VPN tunnels.  For a day or so when the PDC was still an NT box, VPN did work.
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What is the linksys model? Some of them have issues with GRE 47 causing VPN not to work. the way to find out is to put the server on the DMZ for a few minutes and test if the VPN works. See this link http://www.godspath.com/PAGES/computer_tutor/Pages/VPN/vpn.htm

For the authentication problem It is not clear why it doesn't work. WE need a little bit more info go to Event viewer and see what kind of error you get, that is a better way to narrow down the possibilities of your problem.



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