The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted
Posted on 2011-03-17
I have a network with one windows server 2003 server and about 35 workstations running xp pro.
Until recently most everything seemed to be working okay most of the time.
Now, none of the workstations can log onto the domain. The error they get is "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted". As a temporary solution, I've created individual user accounts for each workstation with the same login and password as their domain login. Logging into the local computer they can now access the server using mapped drives.
I cannot remote desktop into the server anymore, I get the same error as above. However, I can use that same login to get into the server when I am sitting in front of it.
I'm pretty sure this has something to do with either DNS or Active Directory, but I don't know much about either of those. (Everything was already set up on the server by someone else who is no longer here)
I've got DHCP running on the router and not on the server.
The workstations and the router have the ip address of the server listed as the dns.
There are outdated records in the servers DNS files even though I tried manually updating these and they are set to dynamically update.
There are errors in the dcdiags log:
Starting test: NetLogons
Unable to connect to the NETLOGON share! (\\ULAN-SERVER\netlogon)
[ULAN-SERVER] An net use or LsaPolicy operation failed with error 1203, No network provider accepted the given network path..
......................... ULAN-SERVER failed test NetLogons
Starting test: Advertising
Fatal Error:DsGetDcName (ULAN-SERVER) call failed, error 1355
The Locator could not find the server.
......................... ULAN-SERVER failed test Advertising
Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated!