Adding Win 7 PC to SBS 2003 domain DNS issue

I am attempting to add a Windows 7 PC to a SBS 2003 remotely via LogMeIn. The SBS server resides at The attempt fails because the Windows 7 box gets its DNS from & that DNS server apparently does not have a domain service record for the SBS server.

Doing research I found an article that stated the Win 7 box should use the SBS servers IP address ONLY for DNS, no secondary DNS address, in order to domain join.

I changed the DNS address on the Win 7 box to, rebooted the Win 7 box & promptly lost connectivity to the Win 7 box until this morning when the user came into the office & I talked him through setting the DNS to which gave back connectivity via LogMeIn.

Any ideas on how to connect this PC to the SBS server domain?

I am using connectcomputer option is there another way to join a PC to SBS 2003?

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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
That article you found assumed you configured the SBS to be a DNS also.

So configure DNS on the server, then use it as the DNS server for all the computers on the network.

The SBS server doesn't necessarily have to be a DNS server, but the assumption arises because it's common for the SBS server to be the only server in the domain.

What is If it's an additional domain controller for that domain, its DNS should already contain the SBS server's SRV records, but if it's something else (a router, for example), you're going to want to use the SBS server for DNS instead, or you'll have quite a few headaches.

If you haven't already seen it, you'll want to review this KB article for SBS 2003/Win7 compatibility as well. There are a couple of updates that may need to be applied.
Is the workstation updated with latest windows updates and do you have the KB926505 installed on the SBS 2003 server.  If not try this can and try to rejoin the workstation to the domain.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Not on topic, but why do we all say SBS server?
It reads: Small Business Server server, right?
Since SBS is an abbreviation of the OS, adding "server" to the end to describe the machine running that OS is technically correct...I think. Grammatically, it's no different from saying "Windows 7 client," but since the word "server" is in the name of the OS and describes the machine it's running on, it does sound a little awkward. That's English for you. :)
someITGuyAuthor Commented:
I turns out the issue was an incorrectly configured DNS server on the SBS 2003 box. I fixed the DNS issues & I was able to get the Win 7 box domain joined. Issue resolved.

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someITGuyAuthor Commented:
I figured it out.
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