client cannot join Windows 2003 domain

I am currently trying to get my Windows 2000 professional client computer to join a Windows 2003 domain.  The client can browse ressources in the domain, but when I try to make it join, it comes with this error message ''the domain controller for the specified domain cannot be contacted.

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Hi mbavisi,

double check DNS settings on the client - make sure that you are pointing to the main DNS server for DNS and have no ISP DNS servers in the clients DNS

nslookup ipaddress  and nslookup hostname   should be resolving if not there is your problem

make sure you can ping the server and that there are no firewalls turned on


How is set your DC
 native mode or mixed mode, if it's set in native only Xp client can join the domain...

I hope you will find this usefull

Note: I think you can't downgrade to mixed if native is selected :(

lol - no, it doesnt matter xp and 2000 clients will join in fine :)

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