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DNS issue with XP workstations

georgedschneider
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strange issue I'm having where I can't communicated with six new XP workstations.  They all have IP addresses but I can't ping them form my workstation.  I tried flushing the dns cache on my workstation and the dns server.  Delted the workstations form DNS.  I'm not sure what elese to try.
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how do you ping them using machine names? ip addresses? Are your machines in domain?

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all machines are in the same domain.  I'vet ried pinging by machine name.
try pinging by ip address ? what happens?
If you will get reply then use command nslookup
what happenes do you get message timeout?

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that is correct.
were you able to ping by ip address? or it timed out? if it timed out you have a problem with your local machine try pinging from another machine. Ping by ip address whenever you ping by ip address you avoid DNS resolution. if you fail pinging with ip addresses from different stations check your network connectivity and try pinging different computers from different computers. Do not ping only DNS server if you able to ping computers between themselfs and unable t ping DNS server by IP check your DNS server for network issues.
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You stated these PCs are on a domain. What kind of server are you using as the DNS/DC server -- Windows Server 2003 or Small Business Server 2003?

Also are these PCs with static or DHCP IP addresses?

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We run a windows 2000 domain and no the IP addresses are dhcp.
Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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Please cut/paste the 'ipconfig /all' from the server and one of the XP clients having problems.
Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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I recommend checking these articles...

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

How to install and configure a DHCP server in an Active Directory domain in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300429

Adding Domain Client Computers
http://books.zamilpro.com/windows.dot.net.server.2003.domains.and.active.directory.ebook-lib/lib0031.html

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the starnge issue is the cleint can ping the dns server and anything else on the network.  The dns server cannot ping the client workstation.
did you check firewall settings on DNS server oh by the way do ping 127.0.0.1 on DNS if it fails you have a problem with IP stack and need to reinstall network adapter.

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Apparently the hibernate/slep setting was the issue.  When the computer is in sleep mode the NIC connectivity is not working unless the computer is woekn up.  I've since turned off the sleep abaility and the probelm does not happen anymore.
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