trouble joining active directory from mac os x

I am trying to join my mac book (running mac os x 10.5.6) to a windows 2003 domain.

This is the procedure I have followed:

connect to lan via wireless (dhcp running on domain controller provides ip addressing), I have checked that the dns settings etc are correct.

Then I open Directory utility, and in services, click edit for active directory and make the following adjustments:

active directory domain: mydomain.local
computer id: terrymac (left as default)

advance settings:

prefer this domain server: my servers ip
allow administration by: domain admins

allow authentication from any domain in the forest

I click bind, then enter a domain username and passwords with admin rights and leave computer ou as is:
CN=computers,DC=my domain,DC=local

use for authentication and use for contacts both ticked.

I Click ok and it connects fine; once this is done, in directory servers, my domain appears and to the right it says:
this server is responding normally.

if I then log off, I can log back on as a domain user and all works.

...HOWEVER, everytime I restart the computer I can no longer log on as any domain user, and when I log back on locally, and look in directory utilities>servers it says "this server is not responding".

If I unbind and bind again it works again, until restart.

Anyone have any ideas?
davids355Asked:
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davids355Connect With a Mentor Author Commented:
no it is a local.

Think I know what it is now:
because I am connecting via wireless connection (secured with WEB 64bit), the wireless dones not connect until I actually login, which means at the login screen there is no network connection, and there for the domain controller cannot be contacted to verify credentials.:(

Whats more, because I am using one of those mac air books, there is no ethernet port!:(
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jhyieslaCommented:
Is your domain really a .local or is it a .com or .net, etc?

Assuming a .com try using domain.com as the AD domain setting
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tonyteriCommented:
i believe the last patch caused an issue also.
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