Clients cannot connect to child domain
Posted on 2008-10-01
I am trying to set up a child domain. Once this error (below) popped up first time i thought i'd made a mistake, un-dcpromo'd the child, wiped the server and started again using instructions from MS themselves and various other sites (which all basically say the same thing) word for word and set up everything as it should be. I have checked and double checked the forward and reverse lookup zones and all other DNS settings for both Parent and Child server and both look fine.
the child server is a brand new completely clean install of 2003 standard but i inherited the parent domain which is up and running nearly all day everyday, i probably have a 3 or 4 hour gap at night where testing / changing anything on the parent DC is possible.
The child domain itself is created with dcpromo without any problems or errors but whenever i try to join the domain with any client pc i get
'A domain controller for the domain XXX cannot be contacted. Ensure the domain name is typed correctly' (duh!) and in the details it says:
The domain name xxx might be a NetBIOS domain name. If this is the case, verify that the domain name is properly registered with WINS.
If you are certain that the name is not a NetBIOS domain name, then the following information can help you troubleshoot your DNS configuration.
The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain xxx:
The error was: "DNS name does not exist."
(error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)
The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.xxx
Common causes of this error include the following:
- The DNS SRV record is not registered in DNS. <<<<-this definitely is not the case, i can do a screen dump to prove!
- One or more of the following zones do not include delegation to its child zone:
. (the root zone)
I have tried joining by xxx and by xxx.yyy.co.uk but both bring up the same error. The client PC is configured to point at the child domain for primary dns and parent for secondary. I have swapped the primary and secondary but still get the same error above.
Both servers are running 2003 standard and are fully up-to-date as are the client PCs (running XP SP3)
Clients all have static IPs
please ask if you need any more details
PLEASE HELP!!! all i seem to be doing is going round in circles checking the DNS and WINS on both servers.
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated