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Cannot join PC to the domain "The network path was not found"

Okay, this one has me stumped. I, for the life of me, cannot figure out why I can't get this PC to join to the domain. It's an HP nc6400 laptop running XP SP3. I'm attempting to join it to the domain over a VPN connection, which I have done many many times without a problem. I am able to browse to the domain controller and access resources using the same admin credentials I am using to join it to the domain. Help!
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DanielWillmottCommented:
You probably already checked but are you certain the DNS servers set on the client are correct?
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Hi,

Are you entering the domain in the context of "domain.com" or "DOMAIN"?

If you are using "DOMAIN", then NetBIOS over TCP/IP may have to be enabled.

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itentiveAuthor Commented:
Daniel, the client is seeing the correct DNS server in its IP configuration.

Firebar, I have tried both methods to join it to the domain and both have failed.
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zelron22Commented:
If you have a firewall enabled, disable it.  
Is there a host or lmhosts file that has incorrect information?
When you say the client is seeing the correct DNS server, are you able to resolve names?
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DanielWillmottCommented:
Can you ping the DCs by hostname (not fqdn?)
Can you ping the domain name? (i.e. domain.com)
Usually this error is due to a DNS issue.
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itentiveAuthor Commented:
The firewall is disabled on the PC. The host and lmhosts files have no specific entries. I am able to resolve names.
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itentiveAuthor Commented:
I can ping the DC. There is only one. I can ping the domain name.
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Krys_KCommented:
Hi There
1. Look at the DNS MMC and lok for all instances of your machine name in he forward lookup zone. Delete any if there are more than 1 that has incorrect IP address.
2. Then look up all IP addresses matching your Machine in the Forward and Reverse (if used) lookup zones by sorting the columns in order (Click the column name)
Like DanielWillmott says, its almost certain to be DNS related.
Regards
Krystian
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Rename the computer, and see if you can pre-stage the computer' account in A.D. under the same name.
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zelron22Commented:
does the laptop have multiple network connections, e.g. wireless and wired?  If so, disable the one that is NOT being used, if you haven't already.  You may also want to check the binding order.
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anhnt184Commented:
Can you ping to FQDN of your DC?
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itentiveAuthor Commented:
There are no DNS records for the PC in either the forward or reverse lookup zones.
As I mentioned earlier, I am attempting to join the laptop remotely over a VPN connection, so I'm not sure what effects this has in DNS. I have never had this problem before.

The connection is registering in RRA, and I can ping the PC by IP address from the server. However, I cannot perform an NSlookup.
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Are the DNS entries set statically for the laptop, or through DHCP?  Is DHCP giving you the correct DNS server address?
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Krys_KCommented:
Just double check that the IP address of the laptop isn't in DNS with another machine name assigned. I've seen this before which is why i'm mentioning it.
Regards
Krystian
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itentiveAuthor Commented:
They must be coming from DHCP. The PC is registering in the DHCP scope as a remote connection. The DNS server entry I get from ipconfig /all is correct.
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itentiveAuthor Commented:
Krys, I thought about that too. There is no such duplicate entry in DNS.
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zelron22Commented:
Do you have split tunneling for the VPN connection?  I think the problem is that it can't resolve the srv record.  Did you check to see if another NIC is enabled?  Can you change the binding order to make the VPN connection first?


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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I would make sure that only one adapter is being used, the one the VPN is currently connected to.

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DanielWillmottCommented:
Is it possible to go to a different site, or to the same network where the domain controller resides? That might end up being the most timesaving way.
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itentiveAuthor Commented:
For everyone's information, this ended up being a binding order issue. However. Changing the binding order in network connections wasn't enough. You had to actually hack the registry according to the following MS kb article:

<http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/311218>
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itsArifCommented:
Had similar issue with multiple nic on the machine. Binding order is the place to look.
Thanks.
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