Cannot find Domain Controller while trying to join the domain

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Hello,

I have a newly installed Windows 2003 server that has Active Directly Services installed as a Primary Domain Controller (the only one in this small network).  It also has DNS configured when installing AD via dcpromo, but I cannot get machines to connect to the domain.  I get this error when I run the command: netdiag /fix

DNS test . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Failed
          [WARNING] Cannot find a primary authoritative DNS server for the name
            'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.'. [ERROR_TIMEOUT]
            The name 'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.' may not be registere
d in DNS.
          [WARNING] Cannot find a primary authoritative DNS server for the name
            'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.'. [ERROR_TIMEOUT]
            The name 'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.' may not be registere
d in DNS.
          [WARNING] Cannot find a primary authoritative DNS server for the name
            'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.'. [ERROR_TIMEOUT]
            The name 'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.' may not be registere
d in DNS.
          [WARNING] Cannot find a primary authoritative DNS server for the name
            'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.'. [ERROR_TIMEOUT]
            The name 'gandgllcsvr1.gandgservicesllc.local.' may not be registere
d in DNS.
       [WARNING] The DNS entries for this DC cannot be verified right now on DNS
 server 192.168.1.1, ERROR_TIMEOUT.
    [FATAL] No DNS servers have the DNS records for this DC registered.

It appears that I need to set the Authoritive DNS server on the Windows 2003 server... how do I do that?

Please help!
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Commented:
Check TCP/IP settings on AD server and clients.
AD server should only point to its own IP address for DNS.
Clients should have AD server IP as a primary DNS server.

Please refer to the following articles:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814591/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323380/en-us

Commented:
No one computers are joined in DC? Did you given right DNS details for all clients PC ?
Try nslookup on Client, wats happening ?

I think, Its related to records problem, See below links
** http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816587

** http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;239897



Here is the complete steps of DC Instaaltion, check u mised something
http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_install_active_directory_on_windows_2003.htm

or
http://www.utm.edu/staff/nathant/domain_setup.htm

AtB
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Commented:
Do you have a forward lookup zone for your Active Directory domain name?
(From ADU&C)
If not, create one. And set it to allow dynamic updates.

Does your AD Domain name match you Primary DNS suffix in your ipconfig /all?
If not see:
257623 Domain Controller's Domain Name System Suffix Does Not Match Domain
Name
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=257623&sd=RMVP 

also see here, it's for both 2000 and 2003:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2002003_fix-active-directory-dns-problems.html
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can you please run the following test
dcdiag /test:dns  and check result for Rreg  (records registeration)

Before all this, can you ping your main domain controller?

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Changing the properties for the forward lookup zone to dynamic updates fixed the problem.

Thanks so much!
Do you have more that 1 network card on this server?  
Do you use Both NICS or just 1 of them?

This issue can sometimes arise when both NICs are registered for DNS and only the active one is needed.
Try this if only one NIC is in use as follows:
1. Disable the NIC that is not used (Network Connections -> Right click the NIC -> Disable.)

- OR -

Unregister the unused NIC in DNS by going to Network Connections ->Right-click the NIC -> Properties -> TCP/IP properties -> Advanced -> DNS Tab, and untick "Register this connection's addresses in DNS".

2.  Now, run netdiag /fix  . A description of this command can be found here:
     http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/219289

I hope this is useful to you.

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