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Cannot join a Windows 7 client to a Windows Server 2003 domain

I have put together a new PC with i5 processor, 4GB RAM, etc running Windows 7 Professional.
At home I have a Windows Server 2003 network with a server, and 4 current clients all running Windows XP SP3.
When I try to join the new Win 7 pc to the network I get the following error:-

Your computer could not be joined to the domain because the following error has occured.

An attempt to resolve the DNS name of a domain controller in the domain being joined has failed.
Please verify this client is configured to reach a DNS server that can resolve DNS names in the target domain.

I consider my self to be fairly familiar with joining clients to a domain but I am stumped by this as everything seems to be the same as for the other clients. DHCP and DNS are handled by the server and are disabled on the router.
I have disabled the wireless NIC in order to see if that was an issue but the direct cable connection does not help.

In Computer/Network it shows only the client and the residential gateway device, a WRT54G wireless router, however at one point the server did show. Network discovery and file sharing are turned on.

I can connect to the server using Remote Desktop connection.

IPconfig produces the following:-

H:\Users\jim>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : jimpc
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : callan.local

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : callan.local
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller #2
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 40-61-86-07-86-A7
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d584:1326:a207:c3f8%12(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.108(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 27 December 2009 14:48:06
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 04 January 2010 14:48:06
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 138436998
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-12-AE-D3-9C-40-61-86-07-86-A6

   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
   Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 40-61-86-07-86-A6
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{649CD29E-CDF6-45EE-AA5B-9E48DB16D246}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.callan.local:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : callan.local
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #3
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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NikCommented:
Are you using single label DNS domain name?
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jimcallanAuthor Commented:
Not sure what you mean by a single label DNS domain name. Domain name is CALLAN or CALLAN.LOCAL
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NikCommented:
callan is a single label dns domain name
callan.local is FQDN.

can you ping domain controller by its name?
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jimcallanAuthor Commented:
In reply to "nimatejic" I cannot ping callan.local

In reply to "senad" I have tried most of the suggestions - none work. One thing that I cannot do is save changes to the host file even though I have administrator priveleges on the client. How can I force a logon as "administrator" rather than as my user name?
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NikCommented:
There's your problem, you can't ping the DNS server, therefore, you're unable to join this client to domain, as it can't resolve the name of the server.
Please make sure that you've entered proper IP addresses for DNS servers in your NIC settings.

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jimcallanAuthor Commented:
Sorry for not getting back sooner. Christmas festivities and much Guinness, etc.
I have tried all the suggestions. Edited Hosts file, different NIC, enable/disable wireless, etc, etc - nothing helps.
This machine was setup for Windows 7 via a circuitous route as I have legit access to software but only the upgrade versions of Vista and Windows 7 so -
XP installed first, upgraded to Vista Pro and then upgraded to Windows 7.
Perhaps something went off the boil during the process.
Going to format and buy the full Windows 7 Pro and see what happens then!
Thanks for all the input.
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