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    Since moving to the new domain, the XP pcs on older hardware are very hard to join to the domain. Should I be looking at DHCP settings on the server? Is this exacerbated by cloned machines having identical network names? Under Server 2003, once you had removed old client records, it was very easy to join - even without the "Wizard" Now I have to resort to moving the machine to another workgroup and restarting - the server is working well with no obvious DNS errors. The only thing is that we no longer run WINS. Any hints much appreciated.

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    Re: XP SP3 clients not finding DC

    What I do in similar situations is try the domain without the .local first, and then if this doesn't resolve when adding to domain, use the FQDN - mydomain.local

    Make sure that your clients only point to valid DNS servers, sounds like you have an SBS environment.

    ensure DHCP is pushing out the DNS address of your SBS server and no WINS address.

    run an ipconfig /flushdns on your client machines.

    As long as your client machines have all the relevant info, and DNS is working fine on the domain, this will be no problem.

    Ste
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      Re: XP SP3 clients not finding DC

      Originally posted by Ste View Post
      sounds like you have an SBS environment
      Should you not be advising him to use the wizard then?
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        Re: XP SP3 clients not finding DC

        Hehe, good call.

        I always forget that the first port of call in SBS is UTFW!


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          Re: XP SP3 clients not finding DC

          Good tips thank you. I will follow this up tomorrow. Thanks again.

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            Re: XP SP3 clients not finding DC

            I'm moving this to SBS 2008 for better responses
            Tom Jones
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