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Adding Windows Server 2003 to a SBS 2003 Network


We have a small network controlled by Windows Small Business Server 2003.  On a new computer I am setting up as a development server, I have just installed Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (this came as part of Visual Studio .Net 2003).

The problem: When I try to add the development server to the domain, it doesn't see the list of available machine names. Any idea what could be causing this?

Thanks,
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christsisCommented:
Do you have your Active Directory DNS server listed as the first Name Server on the new machine?

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ekbalAuthor Commented:
I have the SBS server listed as the name server on the new machine, although the SBS server is not running active directory.
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christsisCommented:
Well, you said you were trying to add it to "the domain" that normally implies active directory. Are you actually just trying to join the same workgroup?

If this is the case you might try properties of the TCP/IP, WINS config, and  enable Netbios over TCP/IP
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luv2smileCommented:
SBS MUST be running Active Directory. You can't run SBS without AD.....or else the server will start giving you errors and randomly shutting down as a limiation of SBS is that it can NOT be a stand alone server.

And as said above....a domain in windows 2000/2003 means you are running Active Directory. Active Directory IS THE DOMAIN...without it then you don't have a domain.
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luv2smileCommented:
Can you add an ordinary workstation to the domain without any problems?  If so, adding the 2003 server shouldn't be any different as you are only adding it as a member server.
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ekbalAuthor Commented:
OK -- Sorry -- Yes, we are running Active Directory -- I thought I didn't need it since we're not running Exchange. In any event, the Name Server is configured correctly with the SBS server's IP address.

The problem was that if I went to mySBSserver/connectcomputer, I couldn't add the new server to the domain because I couldn't see the list of available computer names. However, I have resolved the problem by bypassing the connectcomputer utility and adding the server simply by changing it's network identity properties.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in. Can the points be split between luv2smile and christsis?
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luv2smileCommented:
You should see a link at the bottom of the question to split points.

Further details:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi69
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BILJAXCommented:
ah, glad to see this got answered so quick.....
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