servername in domain

is there a command to check in dos prompt for existence of a server by its name?

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trythisoneCommented:
You can ping it.

Ping Servername

or

Ping Servername.domain.com

or

Ping 192.168.1.1 (whatever the IP address is)

If a ping replies it exists unless there is a firewall on the machine

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GFCUCommented:
Are you looking for an AD command to see if the computer is or has been a part of the domain?  OR...  Can't you just ping the machine name if the server is on and DNS is working properly?

ping servername

C:\Documents and Settings\user>ping servernameisd102

Pinging servername.domain.com [ip address] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from [ip address]: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from [ip address]: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from [ip address]: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from [ip address]: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for [ip address]:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\user>
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trythisoneCommented:
If you are looking to see if a computer is in a domain you could use:

NETDOM QUERY /D:MyDomain SERVER

or

To find Domain Controllers
DSQUERY Server -o rdn
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trythisoneCommented:
If you just want to see if a workstation exists in Active Directory you can use:

dsquery computer -o rdn |sort

That will give you a list of all of the machines

If you are looknig for a specific computer you could use:

dsquery computer -o rdn |find "computer_name_that_you_want_to_find" /i

If it finds it, it will return the computers name.  You can also use just part of the computers name and it will list all computers that contain that phrase.

Example:
dsquery computer -o rdn |find "comp" /i
Could return:
"COMP1"
"COMPUTER"
"MY_COMPUTER"

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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
>>to see if the computer is or has been a part of the domain

yes, that is what i need.
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
I tried "dsquery computer -o rdn |find "POSWR22" /i" and I got the foll:
Dsquery has reached the default limit of 100 results to display; use the -limit option to display more results.

then I tried "dsquery computer -o -limit rdn |find "POSWR22" /i"

I now get "dsquery failed:No value specified for `o'."
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
When i did :
NETDOM QUERY /D:SRBSV POSWR22
where SRBSV is the domain name, and the server is POSWR22, I get the foll:

The syntax of this command is:
NETDOM [ ADD | COMPUTERNAME | HELP | JOIN | MOVE | QUERY | REMOVE | RENAME |
         RENAMECOMPUTER | RESET | TRUST | VERIFY | RESETPWD ]

Try "NETDOM HELP" for more information.

what did i have wrong there?
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trythisoneCommented:
try this instead:

dsquery computer -o rdn -limit 0 |find "POSWR22" /i
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
helped. thank you.
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