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Windows Member Server 2008 sp1 cannot join a W2K3 domain

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I can ping my primary and secondary DCs (2k3's) and gateway, but cannot join the domain. I have used DHCP and then a static IPs with no success. I have tried both FQDN and netbios authentication attempts in joining. The server has four NICs and I have tried various with also trying different ports in the switch. The NIC shows connectivity but no internet also. I have "hard-coded" the NIC with the correct IP, subnet mask, gateway, and Primary/Seconday DNS etc. I am getting a user name or password error during the joining attempt. I can resolve IP addresses from internet sites, but cannot hit them in IE7. This is not a DC. Firewall is off. Where do I look? Thanks
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you will need to make a prep of your domain before joining a 2008 server

i guess here is what you are looking for:

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsServer2008/AdminTips/ActiveDirectory/PreparinganExistingDomainforaWindowsServer2008DomainController.html
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have a look on the Server 2008 CD in the \sources\adprep folder

 You will need to run both the adprep /forestprep and adprep /domain prep commands
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by:Jffirebird
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Thanks for the response, gilget. You have given excellent advise where the Win 2k8 will be a DC and the previous Win 2k3 forest and domain needs to be prepared. I have been down that road before (from 2k to 2k3) but that is not the case here as it is only a member server. No DC promo going on here. Thanks.
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give me a sec, going to diner- ;(
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HI Make sure that a static reservation or address is given to the server in addition to DNS& try...Also Let me know if DNS is installed in 2008 Box.If it is  open DNS manager, on the 2008 server, and under Properties, Forwarders, tellit to use the 2003 server as a DNS resolver for queries it can'tresolve itself
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Also Check it is able to resolve all DNS queries from the 2008 box
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by:Jffirebird
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Hi amandowara, the 2k8 server has an available static and DNS services are NOT installed on the 2008 box. I can't see the harm in the installation of that service but I am not 100% sure. Is it ok to install without referencing it as a DNS server in the Domain, but using your fix, to clear up DNS for itself (the 2008 box)?
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Mystery Solved!!! Even though I disabled it, the 64 bit client Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.4.2295 cripples aspects of network connectivity in Windows Enterprise Server 2k8 64 bit, resulting in an inability to join a domain you can ping and causes a "no internet" condition. ONLY an uninstall of this garbage product frees the Member Server 2k8 to behave normally. I tried Symantec's latest MR for this product and it yielded the same result. They need an immediate fix. I have three boxes all doing the same thing! Thought I would pass this on....Jffirebird
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Thanks to those who contributed and tried to help....this was a very difficult problem that took some time to solve
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