Windows 2008 Server R2 and XP Clients don’t have Internet access

Active Directory
Domain Controller
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows XP clients
Windows XP SP2
I have a Windows 2008 r2 server w/AD, DNS & DHCP configured. The gateway is a D-Link DIR-655 w/DHCP disabled. The server has internet access, but authenticated XP clients don't. How to fix this? Dcdiag /test:dns /e /v test passed Server is Windows 2008 r2 -Server NIC set to Local DNS -Server has internet access -Local domain forwarders verified to ISP’s DNS Clients are Win XP Pro SP2 -Clients do not have internet access -Windows firewall enabled (no other firewall exists) -No Antivirus or security software enabled -Clients can ping DNS ( -Clients can ping server IP ( -Clients can ping gateway ( -Clients can authenticate to AD & DHCP -Clients can see and write to file shares setup in AD Share

Software/Hardware used:
Windows 2008 r2

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Pinging only confirms it can ping itself not dns.

ping tests just confirms it’s able to talk to the other devices on the network. On your XP machine go the command line and type this:


You should get something like:
Default Server: name_dns_server_fully_qualified_domain_name

now type:
What is your response?

If you don’t get the message above and something like server or you error out try this


now type:

If this works, this means that your dhcp server may not be providing dhcp settings.

Check your dhcp settings and confirm they are provided the local server for DNS settings. Your server should be providing as a dns settings as and not to your clients. On the server itself, it would be pointing to itself via ip or better use

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  • carlosdl
    Also, to check if the problem is DNS-related, from one of the clients try navigating to google using the ip address instead of the URL (ping from your server, and use the resolved ip address to navigate from the client).
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  • 10011001101
    Thanks! I was receiving a server unknown message with nslookup and no response from server using reference, so re-checked settings in DHCP server. Main server settings ok, but found one of the scopes had a DNS entry for instead of Simple as that - it was fixed. Thanks all!
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