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I have a client with a small network of 1 server and 4 clients.  The server was running Win 2000 server, without Exchange.

I've installed a new server SBS 2003 already installed on it from Dell.  The server install went fine, no problems.  I'm just going with a totally new domain and user accounts.  

My problem is in switching the client PCs to the new domain.  1 of the clients worked fine once I disabled Norton Internet real-time protection.  Here's the problems with 2 of the other clients:

Client #1 (PC name is BOB) - I was able to successfully move this client over to the new domain, but I can't add the user's domain account as a local administrator on the PC.  The problem is that when I go to add his domain account to the local administrators group, I can't select the domain as the location - it only lets me select local accounts.  When I click the Add button, I have the standard dialog to choose his local account, but in the "From this location:" field, it just shows his local PC name (BOB).  If I click the Locations button, it just allows me to select his PC; the domain isn't even available.  So, even though his PC is on the domain, I can't add his domain account to the local administrators group.  I can login fine to the domain, and view folder/files on the server, so it's not a physical networking problem.  In addition, whenever I try to set any permissions on this PC, I have the same problem: I can't select a user from the domain, only local users are available.

Client #2 (PC name is ROBBY) - Very similar problem to the above, except that I can select the domain in the "From this location:" field.  However, when I enter the domain user name, and click Check Names or OK, I get a message about the domain controller not being available.  I can browse files on the server, and it allows me to login.  How can the domain controller not be available, yet I can login, browse files, and add the computer to the domain???

I'll be working more with this problem this afternoon, so I'd love some information on what's preventing me from selecting domain accounts in the dialogs on these two clients.  Any help at all would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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How are you joining these workstations to the domain?  Because the "SBS-way" is to use http://<servername>/connectcomputer.  This process automatically adds the user to the local admins group.  So if you've already joined the computers to the domain using system properties, you need to correct this by following the steps I've outlined at http://sbsurl.com/rejoin

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Here's what I did to fix the problem - reran the Internet Connection Wizard on the server, then went to the client did ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew, ipconfig /flushdns.  After that, everything worked fine.
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I'm a bit confused... why are you still trying to add the user to the local administrators group manually?  This isn't necessary if you properly join the workstations using connectcomputer.

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