Computer Issues & Hosts-lms.tmp

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I apologize up front if this has been asked and answered in the past but I was not able to find any info on it in my searches on here.  I have an issue with a couple of of Windows XP computers on my domain.  The users keep having issues with losing network printers and mapped drives.

I have a feeling that my issues may correspond with corrupt hosts file and possibly stale accounts in AD.  I have noticed on occasion that the hosts file will sometimes create an entry with the old computer name listed in it and in addition, I notice that a hosts-lms.tmp file is created with the old computer name as well.  I have made the hosts file read only and I delete the hosts-lms.tmp each time I see it but it returns each time the computer is powered back up and the user logs on to the domain.

In addition, I found stale computer name entries with IP addresses of computers with a different name listed in Active Directory and in my DNS Management forward lookup zones and deleted the duplicate entries of names and IP addresses but I am still having issues on the computers themselves as you have read above.  By the way, this is a Windows 2003 domain.

Any ideas and possible solutions would be appreciated.  

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Do you have connectivity when the pcs reboots.. I mean can you send a successful ping request to the DC. Is DNS Client service running? have you tried removing and rejoining these pcs to the domain.

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Yes to all of the questions.  

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As you have already tried to delete all stale entries.. I think you have also cleaned any meta information adsiedit. If you havn't give it a try ... remember consult microsoft kb's before venturing with adsiedit tool.

You can also try these steps
1. Demote the pcs out of the domain
2. Delete any reference in DNS servers and AD
3. Delete the host and lmhost from the pcs when in workgroup
4 Copy a blank template of the host and lmhost .
5 Reboot the pcs ... rejoin them in the domain..

Let me know how this goes.
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Using adsiedit, I did not see any related information to those objects.  I am not all that familiar with this tool so if you have any suggestions on using it to look for any meta info I would appreciate it.
As far as demoting the pc's out of the domain, I am not able to do this until Monday morning.  When deleting any reference to the computer in AD and DNS, does this include the current computer name as well?
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As far as demoting the pc's out of the domain, I am not able to do this until Monday morning.  When deleting any reference to the computer in AD and DNS, does this include the current computer name as well?
-- Yes you have to remove it from AD Users and Computers and all AD integrated DNS.

I have attachted an image of adsi edit. pointing out the area where you can delete or change any computer object for you AD.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773354(WS.10).aspx



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Thanks for all of your help.  This was very helpful.  I'm sorry it took so long to get back with you.  

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Thanks for all of your help.  Sorry it took so long to get back with you and accept your answer.  It's been pretty hectic here in my agency.  

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