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Member server cannot see Domain groups or DC to add Domain groups to local services

Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have a very simple setup.  I have a DC and three member servers.  The DC is NOT running DNS or DHCP.  Those are provided by an external agency.

All of the member servers can logon to the Domain, although it seems to take forever.

When I logon to the member server, I want to add a domain group to a local resource, such as a share or a directory.  When I go to add the user, the defualt "look in" is the local machine.  If I click the locations button, I cannot see anything but the local machine.  As such, when I put in the name in any format (user, domain\user, user@domain, etc) it says it cannot find the account in the current location.  This is correct since the current location is set to the local machine.  However, it will not allow me to select any other location (DC or other) to search in.

Although this seems to be a global problem regardless of the local resource I am trying to manipulate, I specifically need to grant access for a domain group or user to an FTP site hosted on the member server.

The rest of the network functionality seems to be working fine.  I can browse the machines via explorer and network neighborhood.  I can ping by name and address.  If I add a local account to the FTP server, I can FTP back and forth with no issues, as long as I use the local account.

If I set up a local account that uses the same username and password as the domain account (different SIDs), it does not work.  As such, the SID is the issue.

All of this functionality is background functionality with no user interface between the user and the process.  It is application to application, so I cant specify a username and password for transaction.  I must use the same account (same SID).

I need help...or a gun.

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DNS is provided by an External Agency?  DNS is critical to the operation of Active Directory!

Are there any events in the System or Application log that would be of interest?



Not that I can find.

It is odd that when we first set up the domain a year ago, there was no issue.

This is at a University and the University switched to AD.  However, the domain in question is a standalone domain.  They only use the University for connectivity, DNS and DHCP.


When I open up the local admin group, there are two IDs in there.  One is the local admin, the other is a SID with a ?.  I am assuming it is the SID of the domain admin group.  It must have been added by default when we joined the domain since we did not explicitly do it.
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Another thought...before they upgraded to AD were they simply using workgroups...?  

Another thing that will need configuring is AD Domains and Trusts...you will need to create a trust to their domain if your are using users/groups from their domain.
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what functionality mode is your domain operating at?
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been a long time on this one, any luck, can you finalise this question

if someone resolved for you then accept an answer if not and you solved yourself

just paste a 0 point pointer Q in community support asking for this to be closed with your reasons

make sure you include the url to this page

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