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I have 2 Virtual Machines (VMWare) both with Windows 2003 Standard. One is a Domain Controller. The other is not a Domain Controller (Database and Application Server) but is on the Domain of the first server.  Most of the time on the non-DC server, when I go to configure security at the folder level or in IIS Manager (Permissions) or in Sharepoint, the "Select Users or Groups" dialog box, "From this location" field shows the local host name only. Sometimes it will show the Domain Name, but its rare and then I usually get a "Server is not operational" error message if I try to go to the Advanced tab to search for a user or group to add.

I am logged into the non-DC server as a Domain Admin when I try to do this.

The DC seems to be running ok. Is there a configuration setting I am missing in Active Directory or could it be a VMWare issue?

Thanks in advance,

Ken
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by:Debsyl99
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Hi keningram,
Sounds like a connection issue should be ruled out. How do you have dns setup on both servers? Run ipconfig /all>C:\ipconfig.txt from a command prompt - post the results from the text file

Deb :))
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by:keningram
ID: 16722880
Deb,

On the Domain Controller / DNS Server (both roles):


Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : vmw2k3a
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : KINGRAM.VM
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : KINGRAM.VM

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-29-5A-48-0B
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.31
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 127.0.0.1

On the non-DNS Server (Application / DB Server):


Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : vmw2k3b
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : KINGRAM.VM
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : KINGRAM.VM

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-29-15-F7-91
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.32
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.31
                                       24.25.5.150
                                       24.25.5.149

Both virtual machines are guests on the same host computer.

Thanks,

Ken
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Debsyl99 earned 2000 total points
ID: 16722904
Hi Ken
Sorry - but I'm in the uk and I really need to go to bed - mind if I get back to you tomorrow? As an initial thought before I pass out - don't use the loopback address in dns on the dc - try use it's real ip.

Catch you tomorrow
Deb :))
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by:keningram
ID: 16722944
Deb,

You're a frickin genius. I've been trying to figure out the relationships between AD and DNS, but it's like a black art (all smoke and mirrors). Anyway, I changed the IP from the loopback (which Windows configured for me ... thanks Bill) to the real IP and threw in the IP for my ISP's DNS for good measure. Works like a champ now. Even straightened out my SharePoint security problem.

Thanks again ... Cheers,

Ken
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by:Debsyl99
ID: 16722950
Excellent! Glad to help :) Just as an aside - use forwarders to your isp's dns servers and leave the servers dns  pointing to its own ip address only rather than have the isp's nameserver's listed as secondary dns. This article may help
How do I install and configure Windows 2000 DNS server?
http://www.petri.co.il/install_and_configure_w2k_dns_server.htm
All the best
Deb :))
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