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the system cannot log you on now because the domain is not available

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I have recently added a new Dell Laptop computer to the domain, which i have done many time before, except they have all been HP.  I followed the wizard, configured a wireless connection and was welcomed to the domain.  Now when i attempt to log into the domain as a user it will not permit me stating "the system cannot log you on now because the domain XXXXX is not available."

If i log into the computer directly I can then browse email etc from the network, however authentication, scripts etc are not running.  I have attempted to connect as other users and i have the same problem.  

We are running a Microsoft SBS 2003 all over a wireless connection.  I have checked DNS etc and they are all pointing to the same place.  DHCP is enabled and it all appears correct - does anyone have any thoughts.
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by:imnajam
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Hi reasoninnovate,

can you ping the domain via it's fqdn?

Cheers!
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by:imnajam
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also check and follow the microsft kb @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244671/en-us
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by:Rob Williams
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If DNS (set manually or with DHCP) points only to your internal DNS server and not the ISP, and you can ping the domain controller, I would recommend un-joining the domain, remove the computer account from active directory, and re-join the domain.
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by:reasoninnovate
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Thanks for the response.  I have connected the user using the cable and am realise that the problem lies with the wireless management settings.  With the HP machine windows manages the connectivity however, with the Dell it uses Intel ProSet/Wireless, which has allowed me to connect as an administrator but will not allow me to connect via the user.

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by:Rob Williams
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That is odd. I wonder how the connection management software is dependent on user permissions, unless it doesn't allow a basic user to change IP configuration, but you say they get network access. With that assumption, as a test try a static IP and DNS configuration, though it would be bizarre if that made a difference.
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by:ded9
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Check prefered dns server in tcp/ip should be 127.0.0.1 client pc
Also check default gateway


Confirm your prefered dns server tcp/ip  try by 127.0.0.1 or check if you have some other ip address that has to be set as prefered dns server.

Reps
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by:reasoninnovate
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Been out of the office.  Sorry i connected the computer to the domain via a cable and configured windows to manage the wireless connection.  Job done.  I am not sure what the reason was but it appears to be fixed.  Thanks for all your time.
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by:Rob Williams
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Glad to hear you have a resolution. Thank you for the update.
Cheers.
--Rob
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by:imnajam
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glad to hear that the problem has been fixed, beside using the cable connection you may also try to give administrative rights to the user.

Anyways, all the best
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