I'm currently a sysadmin and have been one for a few years now to let you know my level of expertise. But that is falling short here because this one has me stumped!
I've seen some posts relating to these errors showing up on domain controllers but not many for WindowsXP client pc's. What is happening is my pc has gone crazy where it is unable to connect to the domain by either FQDN or by \\domain.com. However from other computers are connecting just fine. I've researched and tried things for the past 2 weeks and I still have not been able to solve my woes.
Current network config:
all switched, servers on giga-lan
1 server2k standard /w sp4 as DomainController - I know I need a 2nd but no it budget to buy one yet.
the dc hosts dhcp, dns, wins. (fully updated with patches as well)
Here's what's going on:
I get the errors as stated in the title....and those are caused by the computer not being able to connect to the domain controller...
also tied to this issue is GPMC not able to connect to the forest..."The RPC Server is unavailable" error pops up when trying to open the forest. This is another annoying issue all related I'm guessing.
Now here's some kickers:
start-run- then type in paths to sysvol on the dc
\\name\sysvol\ - works
\\name.domain.com\sysvol\ - doesn't work
\\domain.com\sysvol\ - doesn't work
ping name - works & correct
ping name.domain.com - works & correct
ping domain.com - works & correct
So this rules out DNS but to be fully sure I used the correct entries in the host file and still the same issues.
Keep in mind that I've tried this on 2 other xp computers and many other win2k computers and it is only happening on mine.
I've tried updating IE to 7 - still same issue
I've reinstalled SP2 for XP still the same
I've removed the pc from the domain and re-added it - still didn't fix it
I've loged in under enterprise administrator - still the same
I've turned off the firewall..didn't fix it, I stopped the firewall services - still didn't fix it
I went through all required microsoft services to make sure they were on - yup they were
Oh, yup, rebooted many times durring these steps.
I even rebooted the domain controller I suspected that woulnd't fix it but had to try it.
I've gone through DNS about 20 times and it is just fine from what I can see (and since all works fine on all other computers)
If anyone knows of other steps I can take I'd be super happy to hear them. Thank you very much