I cannot make a client member of a 2008 domain

Hi all,

I think I have DNS problems. Is is a freshly installed 2008 SBS, but I cannot make a Windows 8 client a member of the domain. It tells me the domain does not exist. Please also see attachments.

It is a router which does the DHCP feature.

Hope you are able to help...
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAsked:
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SommerblinkCommented:
The DNS server listed on SRV-001 needs to be your SBS server's IP address, not 127.0.0.1.

Note: 127.0.0.1 is OK to have in your SBS server's DNS list.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
based on the screenshots i'm assuming srv-001 is the SBS server considering that 192.168.2.10 shows same as parent in the dns zone

verify the windows 8 system is getting 192.168.2.10 for dns from the router
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SommerblinkCommented:
Actually, Seth is correct. Looking at the third screenshot of the DNS service, the service is running on SRV-001.

Sorry for the confusion.
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I don't understand, so what do I have to change?

192.168.2.10 is the SBS server

192.168.2.10 is also the only DNS server on the client
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
No one?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
try this; different method for SBS

Join your computer to the Windows Small Business Server 2008 network
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd701006(v=ws.10).aspx
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi Seth,

maybe your link will work, but the DNS issue still exists, so it lead to other problems. Any idea on how to fix the DNS problem?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
can any client become a domain member?
can the windows 8 box ping the server and resolve with nslookup without errors?
any reason why you are using a router to provide dhcp instead of the sbs box?
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DrDave242Commented:
In the third screenshot, there's no host (A) record for SRV-001 in the dmn-smt.local zone.

Run ipconfig /registerdns from an administrative command prompt on the server. Wait a few seconds, then refresh the zone in the DNS console. If the host record isn't automatically registered for some reason, you can create it manually. Give it the name SRV-001 and the IP address 192.168.2.10.
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
It does not add auto, I added it manually, still it won't connect. It worked when I fixed a client to static IP with the server as the only DNS. When a secondary is used it doesn't add / see the domain, eventhough the server is primary DNS
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DrDave242Commented:
When a secondary is used it doesn't add / see the domain, eventhough the server is primary DNS
If the SBS server is the only DC/DNS server in the domain, it should be the only DNS server used by the clients - they shouldn't use an alternate/secondary DNS server at all.

There's definitely a larger problem if the server is unable to dynamically register its own DNS records, though. Does the Fix My Network wizard find any problems?
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi all,

sorry it took so long. I took out the router to do the whole DNS of the site, made the SRV-001 DNS and it worked.

Thankx!
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