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Hi, I had a weird problem yesterday that I hope you can help me get to the bottom of.
We have 4 Windows 2000 DCs across two subnets in one site. AD integrated DNS runs on all of them, two are GC servers and have the FSMO roles. Yesterday we were having authentication problems for some users on our Intranet. Integrated Windows authentication is enabled on the web server and Anonymous access is not. Also none of the printers on our two print servers appeared in AD even though they were set to be listed in the directory but three printers connected to users PCs were. We found that unsetting the list in directory option and resetting it made them appear.
We eventually traced the problem to a DC that had been rebooted but the DNS service had failed to start. This DC is not a GC or FSMO server. It is not in the same subnet as our web server or print servers and is not set as the DNS for either of these servers. Please can someone give me some pointers as to how this caused all these problems.
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i think you are talking about browsing the network in general.  seeing print servers and generally any machine while browsing the network has absolutely nothing to do with DNS.  It all revolves around NETBIOS names.  I would turn WINS on, configure DHCP to give that out as your primary WINS server and see what happens.
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Hi northcide,

I think you misunderstood, I am not talking about browsing the network - this was working fine (btw WINS is installed and set in DHCP correctly), the printers did not appear in active directory (go to add printer -> network printer -> Find a printer in the directory and no printers appeared apart from the ones on the three clients.)
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when you browse the network to the printer server do you see the printers listed?
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Yes
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take a look at this, i think it would apply to your situation - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/246906

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Hmm interesting article. This does seem to be what has happened with the printers but my question still is why should the DNS service failing to start on one of the four Domain Controllers cause this to happen.
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well, i would imagine its because when things get published to AD, DNS is relied upon.  AD relies on DNS whereas network browsing relies on NETBIOS.  If DNS isnt functioning properly AD wont know how to find a give resource, whereas NETBIOS is working so you can browse to it.
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I agree with this but why in an Active Directory enviroment with four DCs running DNS should one of them malfunctioning cause these problems, I though that this is what having multiple systems was supposed to negate? This is probably a question that should be put to Microsoft.
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