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Where is my W2K Domain Controller?

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Hello!  I have a small network (one domain controller (W2K Advanced Server) and three worstations (XP Pro)).  Once upon a time they all worked fine together but I moved about six months ago and have had nothing but trouble since.

The problem I'm having now is that my workstations don't appear to be communicating with the domain controller (although I can log on each of the workstations and explore all of the network computers through My Network Places).  Today however, I noticed that I could not see a share on one of my workstations from another of the workstations.  When I checked the share permissions I saw that no domain users have any permissions to the share.  When I tried to add domain users to the permissions, the domain was not visible in the "Locations" screen and I could not manually add any domain users to the permission list.  From another workstation I went to the command prompt and typed NET USER administrator /DOMAIN and received the following error:

System error 1355 has occurred.
The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

I have to say that it has been a long time since I wore a network administrator's hat and I've probably forgotten more than I care to admit.  If anyone can help me troubleshoot these problems, I'd be very grateful.

Thanks!
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Check your event logs.

Check your DNS settings.  the vast majority of problems like that are due to misconfigured DNS.

To recognize the importance of DNS, I suggest reading:
10 DNS Errors That Will Kill Your Network
http://mcpmag.com/features/article.asp?EditorialsID=413

Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 2000 DNS and Windows Server 2003 DNS
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=291382

Best practices for DNS client settings in Windows 2000 Server and in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=825036

How to Verify the Creation of SRV Records for a Domain Controller
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=241515

SRV Resource Records May Not Be Created on Domain Controller
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=239897

How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314861

How to Verify an Active Directory Installation in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=816106

[links, in part, originally provided by oBdA]
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It turned out to be the very first item in the very first link that was causing the problem (wrong DNS settings).  I corrected those and everything is good as new.  Thanks!
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