Joining Windows 7 client to a server 2003 domain

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Domain management
Windows 7
Windows 7 migration
Windows Server 2003
When trying to join a Windows 7 client to a server 2003 domain, I get an error message that says "an attempt to resolve the DNS name of a domain controller in the domain being joined failed..." Please help.

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windows 7 client configuration

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is the windows 7 machine pointing to a domain controller or a dns server that’s is part of the domain for DNS resolution? try to do some dnslookup see if you can look up the domain controllers ip.

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  • ShaneAlexander
    On the Win7 box, what DNS servers does it list? ( use ipconfig /all ) Are these DNS servers "inside" the 2003 Domain / network ? On the Win7 box, run nslookup %DC% (where %DC% is the name of the 2003 Domain Controller). Can the Win7 box resolve the IP address of the Domain Controller (using nslookup) ? Can the Win7 box ping the ComputerName of the Domain Controller ? If not able to succsessfully complete above 2 steps, then... You may have to manually enter the IP address (of the DNS server) into the Win7 NIC's DNS settings. Also, on the Win7 box, add the Primary DNS suffix in manually. Click the MORE button from the 'Computer Name/Domain Changes screen' , and enter the DNS suffix of the Domain.
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  • JaYAreOne
    Thanks very much - I did have to set the DNS IP address manually - JaYAreONe
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  • Devth
    Hello, Create a Computer account in AD for win7 machine, add a A Record in DNS then try connecting to the domain...
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