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Active Directory Add Computer to Domain

I'm trying to add a client computer to a domain on network server.  The server is on a different IP than the client.  I can resolve the server IP and server name from the client.

The server was already setup with Active directory, but I'm not entirely certain it was done correctly.

I've added in the client username as a user in the Domain Controller, but when I try and join a domain from the client, I get an Error message stating that the Domain cannot be found.

I've tried using both the domain name and the IP of the domain controller, but it is always bouncing back saying it can't find any domain with that name.

There are no firewall issues in place causing this, so I'm pretty sure it's an Active Directory Config problem.

Thanks.
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tradelineAuthor Commented:
The Client IP is the same xx.xx.xx.114 and the server is xx.xx.xx.133.  Not sure if there is some network requirement for Active Directory or not, if that helps.
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loknaCommented:
Are they on different subnets? I don't  think you are able to adda computer on a different subnet without adding the subnet in Active directory sites and services
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loknaCommented:
same subnet then. I would still check AD sites and services.
Does the server have a fixed IP?
Is DNS server installed on the server?
Do the client and server use the server's ip as primary dns server?
Are you able to ping your domain name? (full computer name is usually server.domain.local)
Answers to all of the above should be yes for the domain to work properly
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tradelineAuthor Commented:
the server does have a fixed ip.
there is a dns server installed with an entry for the domain and an A record
not sure if the client uses the server's ip as the dns server
i can't ping the domain from the client.  I can ping the domain controller by IP or name, but not by domain name.

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MrLonandBCommented:
Let's double-check something. When you open Active Directory Users and Computers, you will see the domain name near the top of the tree. Is that the exact name you are entering when you are giving the name for the domain that you want to join?
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tradelineAuthor Commented:
yes sir.  same name.
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loknaCommented:
I think it's a dns error. An active directory domain us dns to find computers, servers and domains. If you have only one server, that server should be running DNS server, with an active directory integrated zone. The servers IP address should be specified as the primary dns server at both server and client.
You can check this by running "ipconfig /all" from a cmd shell. Among other values it will list the dns servers in prioritized order. The one at the top should be the domain controlller's IP.
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tradelineAuthor Commented:
i'm not sure if they are in the same subnet.

The server's subnet is 255.255.255.0 and the client's subnet is 255.255.0.0

The IPS are the same except for the last 3 digits.

I'll test the DNS as you suggest now and get back to you.
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tradelineAuthor Commented:
Ok, the client machine is not using the domain controller as it's DNS server.  But I'm not sure if I can change this, as it's not my network, and they've set it up this way for a reason.

Is there a workaround at all?
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loknaCommented:
That should normally not be a problem. I would guess the current dns is either the gateway or som global ip pointing to your isp. You can just set this as the secondary dns in stead.
The dns server at the domain controller should also have forwarding activated, that way it sends dns requests for addresses not on the local domain on to the external dns.
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tradelineAuthor Commented:
We just ended up changing the DNS on the client to use the domain controller, as nobody seemed to mind, and everything started working regarding Active Directory.  Thanks.
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