One Windows domain, two IP Ranges. Possible?

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Dear All,

We have a simple network (1 DC, 2 member servers, a database server (db1), an onsite failover (db2) and some 20 clients) on the range, linked to the internet via a Watchguard Firebox X Core.

For failover reasons, we are installing a database server (db3) with our files and SQL database in a datacenter. The IP range in the DC is .

In the DC, there's also a Watchguard Firebox and there's a VPN link between both.

My issue is that I want to include the db3 into my on-site domain.

How can I do that? I already made it a member while it was on the 192.168.245.x range and then changed the IP address to, but the db3 cannot reach the domain, even though there is IP connectivity (SMB/PING/...)

best regards,

Question by:nd2u
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    Expert Comment

    DB3 will need to use the domain dns server. This will allow it to find the domain. Will DB3 become a DC? If so make sure to add a new site in AD.

    Author Comment

    It's set up to use the domain DNS server, but it's not necessary that it becomes a domain controller

    (DC = DataCenter)
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    Expert Comment

    Use NSlookup to make sure that it is correctly resolving dns

    Author Comment

    NSLookup correctly connects to our DNS server, which is also the Domain Controller.

    When I lookup the name of my Domain Controller (including the domain name), it correctly resolves to the IP address of the dom.contr.

    If I only use the computer name, it does not resolve.

    Author Comment

    I took the DB3 out of the domain and tried to put it back in again.

    Then I got the following message:

    A domain controller for the domain XXXX could not be contacted.


    DNS was successfully queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain XXX.

    The query was for the SRV record for

    the following domain controllers were identified by the query:


    Common causes of this error include:

    - Host (A) records that map the name of the domain controller to its IP addresses are missing or contain incorrect addresses.

    --> I can resolve the ipname of the domain controller... So this should not be the problem, right?

    - Domain controllers registered in DNS are not connected to the network or are not running

    --> it is running



    Accepted Solution


    problem solved.

    I still had the DB3 on-site and connected it to a different port on my watchguard for test purposes.

    Turned out that the firewall blocked access to the 389 port... Opened it and it's working fine.

    LVL 4

    Expert Comment

    Good fix

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