Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:18 AM
I have an existing LAN using a Linux server. I have been running 4 XP Pro machines as well as various notebooks on the system. I just bought 4 new Dell Vostro 270 machines running Windows 7 Pro. When I tried connect the new 7 Pro machines to the domain (EXIT.BARSTOW), I received an error message stating "the specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted." I have tried many solutions to resolve the issue. I diable the firewall. I followed some instructions found on the Microsoft Community to adjust the Local Security Policy. I added credentials. Nothing seems to work. I checked all the network settings to ensure that the correct protocols were installed. Everything is there.
However, I can see and access all the computers that are currently connected to the network using Windows Explorer. I can locate and log into the server using Internet Explorer. I opened a DOS prompt and ran ipconfig, which identified the domain and all the IP addresses.
I am sure this is a simple setting in Windows, but I can't find it. I am not very tech savvy, so if you offer any help, please make sure it includes simple step-by-step instructions.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:21 AMCan you contact the domain controller from one of those machines though?
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:43 AMI don't understand... I can ping the server. From within Windows Explorer I can access the Server and the various files I have stored on the Server. From Internet Explorer I can log into the Server perform all the normal server function I can perform from any other computer on the system. I don't know what it means to "contact the domain controller" or how to do it. Like I said, I am a little more advanced than a basic program user, but not much more than that.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:07 AM
run ipconfig /all
make sure that your "DNS" is pointed to the DC
For exmaple it might be pointed to router IP but it needs to be pointed to the computer that has DNS running on it.
- Marked As Answer by Vincent Wang-MCSCMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Tuesday, February 05, 2013 8:57 AM
Friday, February 01, 2013 6:59 AMModerator
Please configure the DNS server in Windows 7. Make sure that the DNS server for Windows 7 is the domain DNS server. If it does not work, temporary disable firewall in Windows 7 and try again.
Hope this helps.
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- Marked As Answer by Vincent Wang-MCSCMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Tuesday, February 05, 2013 8:56 AM