Windows 7 Pro Can't Join Domain Error

Okay, this should be simple and it is on my good ol' Windows XP systems.

I have a Dell Laptop that has Windows 7 Pro.  I'm trying to join my company domain.  
I go to Computer and right click.
I choose 'Advanced System Settings'.
I choose the 'Computer Name' tab.
I click the 'Change...' button to 'Rename this computer or change its domain or workgroup.'

I click the Domain dot to change from Workgroup.
I then enter the domain that I use in the white box below.
I click OK.

It then opens a window for a user name and password of a domain admin for the domain in question.  I enter that information.

I click OK.  

The hour glass spins like normal.

I then get the following error message. "The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "XYZ":  The network path was not found."

Huh?  When I open my computer and look by IP address I can find systems without issue.  My IP address is good and I can ping every IP on the network.

I am plugged in via 10Base-T and not wireless.

Any ideas?

John
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Make sure  the laptop is pointing to only internal DNS servers. If the latop is plugged into the network with a cable make sure your Network Binding order has this connection in the higher position.
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Rob StoneCommented:
Can you ping the FQDN, and have you tried adding it to the FQDN and/or short domain name?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
As stated check DNS settings.

After that, specify the username when attempting to join the domain in the form of domain.name\username
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stargazerm31Author Commented:
Sorry guys.  I'm going to need you to be a little more specific.  

For Stoner79, I am using the short domain name.  When I try to use the full, I get an different error.  For all my other systems (Windows 2000 and XP), I use the short without issue.

Dariusq, I'm sorry, I'm not sure I understand what you are meaning about the Network Binding order.  I am accessing internal DNS server.  This is the same for the XP and 2000 Windows systems.

Thanks for the fast response.

John
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stargazerm31Author Commented:
I hate when I go brain dead.  You guys hit it on the head with the DNS.  I was pointing to the DNS on my Router/Firewall and not to my DNS on my DC.  Once I changed the DNS setting to my DC's, it joined without issue.

Thanks so much for your fast responses and help.

John
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