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Domain either does not exist or could not be contacted

I am running SBS 2003. I am trying to add a domain user to a local admin group. At the client PC (Windows 2000) I select the admin group, I browse to servername.local and see the user I want to add, I select the user, hit OK then I get "Processing of object username.servername.local failed with the following error: the specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted." I have no problem logging onto the doman. When I try the same with XP clients I do not even see the domain. Do I have DNS issues?


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DNS could be a problem.  
If you execute an ipconfig /all on the client is the first DNS server specfied the same IP address as your SBS server?

Sam PanwarSr. Server AdministratorCommented:
Best Practices for DNS Client settings in Windows 2000 server and in Windows Server 2003
Setting Up the Domain Name System for Active Directory
How to configure DNS for Internet access in Windows Server 2003
An AD client "finds" the AD domain by querying the DNS server for SRV records. Pointing the DNS server to itself for DNS allows the DNS server to register it's SRV record the client needs to find the domain. When this SRV record is not found the *most* common response is "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted"

Another common side effect is long log in times on the client machines, and group policy problems.

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Can you please post an IPCONFIG /ALL from both the Server and the workstation so that we can evaluate your network configuration?


FFBillAuthor Commented:
I did not have the DNS going to the SBS, as soon as I changed it I was able to add the users.


Abs Jaipur
thanks for the additional links
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
FFBill, I'd just mention that you should not have ANY EXTERNAL IP addresses in your DNS... hopefully you've removed those when you fixed this.

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