Cannot see domain

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Domain Controller
Windows Server 2003
Windows XP Pro
I have serveral desktops that were setup using XP Pro, and they accesses the domain when I set them up. They worked for a white, but after they are shut off, they cannot find the domain again. The administrator and users cannot log in.  We get the message that the domain controller is unavailable.

 

IS there a settign that is off that is preventing me from keep these systems on the netowork?   Please help.



Software/Hardware used:
Server 2003, XP Pro on desktops

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This is typically a network connectivity issue. Log in as a local admin to the machine. Check and see if you can ping your router. If you can, unjoin and rejoin the machine to the domain. If you cannot ping your router check the port to which the computer is connected on the switch. Get assistance from the network engineers if you are unable to do this yourself.

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But first find out why it is happened !
Error may appear if a system is replaced without change the name or use the same computer name, but not deleting the duplicate computer name from the Active Directory domain. Another cause is related to security identifier, i.e. sid issue. One more cause is that account for the workstation was accidentally deleted from the Active Directory domain.
To overcome this issue….
1. Login to the Windows Server 2003 and run dsa.msc > and delete the computer account from the domain
2.Login to the Windows XP with administrator rights.
NOTE: If u not to login, try to disconnect the network cable and login by using a domain administrator user that was used to login on the XP before.
3. Control Panel > System > Computer Name tab.
4.Click Change, to remove computer from the domain
NOTE: Select domain. By caution, write domain name in text box. Select the Workgroup to remove the computer from there, & supply a workgroup name. Now OK and reboot
5. After restart, Control Panel > System > Computer Name tab > Change
6. Now again rejoin the domain
CAUTION: It may ask to enter the details one of the Domain Admin users
7. Click OK and reboot the computer.

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  • Koohiisan
    Are there any notable entries in the event viewer on those machines? (Start | Run | eventvwr.msc) Look for any errors or warnings that might happen around the time when the machine either comes up to a sign on screen or when they try to sign in. Those events may help shed light on the cause of the problem.
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  • mshen
    It sounds like the network connection stops working. Did you set them up locally then move them to another location? Is DHCP setup and working or are you using Static IP addresses?
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  • Tomtek207
    DCHP is working.. The systems worked for a short while. Is the machine naming convention critical?
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  • Tomtek207
    I setup the machines, one at a time, first renamed each macine, then rebooted. Then I went in as administrator, and setup the domain name, it saw it, asked me for username and password, and then rebooted. I then signed on, as administrator under the new domain name, and setup everything was ok. Shut down and logged back in as the new user, and then setup the user. Everything was fine, logged off for the night, and then in the morning, login said it could not login to domain. It did not accept either login names.
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  • Tomtek207
    How do i check the event when I cannot log in?
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  • mshen
    Try the local administrator account. If you can login using the local administrator, check your network connections. If you are working in a University or a similar campus environment, the network admins may have shut off your port for various reasons.
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