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Unable to access Win2003 Server

I have a Windows 2003 Server in a domain environment.  I just installed this server about two weeks ago.  All was fine until today.  I was unable to access anything on the server from my desktop.  I tried to log directly into the server, and was given an error message stating that my username or password was incorrect (i'm POSITIVE it was the right user name and password).  I rebooted the server and was able to log in fine.  I looked in Event Manager and saw an event ID 1054 with the following message, "Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network."  I also got a message telling me something to the effect of "access denied...cannot access memory locator" or something like that.  I've done some research on this, but I'm uncertain how to resolve.  I can reboot the server and all is fine for about an hour or two, but then my desktops lose connectivity to the server again.  Anyone seen this?
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kinetik20Commented:
Check your DNS settings.
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dwd4243Author Commented:
DNS looks fine.  What specifically are you talking about within DNS?
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kinetik20Commented:
Ensure your server is setup on a static IP address.
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dwd4243Author Commented:
Yes, the server's IP is static
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kinetik20Commented:
When you say you looked in the event manager, was that on the server or on your desktop?
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dwd4243Author Commented:
that was on the server.  is there anything specific i should be looking for in there?
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kinetik20Commented:
Could you go to the server and open a command window and type: ipconfig /all
and list the results. I belive your having a DNS issue.
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dwd4243Author Commented:
Windows IP Configuration

          Host Name ....................:smcc1
          Primary DNS Suffix..........:smcc.local
          Node Type......................:broadcast
          IP Routing enabled...........:Yes
          WINS Proxy Enabled.........:Yes
          DNS Suffix Search List......:smcc.local

Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection:

          Connection-specific DNS Suffix:
          Description............................:Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
          Physical Adress......................:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
          DHCP Enabled........................:No
          IP Address.............................:192.168.19.10
          Subnet Mask..........................:255.255.255.0
          Default Gateway.....................:192.168.19.1
          DNS Servers..........................:192.168.19.10
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kinetik20Commented:
Could you do the same for the clients as well? I presume they are setup on a static IP.
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dwd4243Author Commented:
the clients are on dhcp.  the router acts as a dhcp server.  i'm not at the customer site right now, so i don't have access to the desktops.  i got the server ipconfig info from my VPN connection
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kinetik20Commented:
Try to setup the clients on a static IP and point all the details (gateway, DNS, etc.) to the Server, make sure you point WINS as well. I think that may fix your problem. More then likely whats happening is the desktops are looking to logon to server name smcc but the router is telling you that it does not exist on the network. If you point the desktops to the server then the server is acting as the dns, it then forwards web requests to the router. This is how I have my network setup and it is working quite well.
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dwd4243Author Commented:
I figured it out.  I had not yet run the update to SP1 for my Windows Server 2003 install.  I ran that and all works like a charm.  thanks
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kinetik20Commented:
Awesome, glad everythings working for you.
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