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I have a Dell Precision 380 that has a new win 7 Pro install. The machine connects to the internet with IE 9 and the network shows my server and other computers on the LAN. When I try to connect to my Data folder on the Win 2003 standard server machine, I cannot connect. The logon keeps installing a pre fix in the logon name as computer name Dell 380\Administrator. I have tried mapping to the server and folder, \\Servername\E$, I have tried \\ IP Address\E$, I have tried logging on as a different user, domain Name\Administrator, password as before. Still no luck. any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks alwayslrnin
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by:John Hurst
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Try mapping manually. Open a command prompt.

NET USE Z: \\servername\folder /user:username password

Do not use E$ because only administators can use that.

If you are a server admin, then NET USE Z: \\server\E$ /user:domainuserid password.

What answers do you get manually. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:wolfcamel
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have you joined the win7 machine to the domain?
then log in as a domain user, not as a local administrator
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by:alwayslrnin
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wolfcamel, When I tried joining the domain I got the following message,
Your computer could not be joined to the domain because of the following error,
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. for information about troubleshooting see windows help.

Tried thinkpads soln, got response, server cannor be found
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by:wolfcamel
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so what is the workstation using for dns?
it should be pointing to the server - assuming it is running ad and dns - not the router or the isp's dns
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by:alwayslrnin
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Thanks thinkpads for your tenacity in getting this resolved. Changing the network adapter dns to be the domain controller IP, then allowed me to join the domain. Then after joining the domain, I put the adpter back to automatic for DNS, restarted and now it gets me to the server data folder. Thanks again. alwayslrnin
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is that not what i said in the comment above thinkpad user?
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by:alwayslrnin
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wolfcamel, that is what you said, but the details of how to do the change for a novice that i am were better decribed in the link thinkpads recomended, http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/i-cannot-join-a-local-domain-on-server-2003-i-get/bfdc87e7-865b-4946-a6b3-de9d343aeed8

Im sorry,  in retrospect I probably should have split the points.
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@alwayslrnin. Thank you very much. I was happy to provide the details.

If you wish to Request Attention (link above), I would also be happy to split points with wolfcamel. No problem there.  .... Thinkpads_User
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Thanks thinkpad for your gracious accomodation of splitting the points. I as my name indicates, alwayslrnin, I am new to this process. I will see if I can get wolfcamel (Request Attention link above)some recognition for his suggestion. I unfortunately was not verse enough in what DNS was all about to understand wolfcamels suggestion, but thanks to all of you I am now starting to get it. ...Alwayslrnin
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