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    joining laptops to domain

    Done this loads of times with laptops and computers, but today with our new server (not set by me) but standard issue server 2003, I had to use the doamin name 'schoolname.school' to get the laptops to join. I've only ever had to type in the first part of the domain name not the bit after the dot. Not a problem but really bugging me why it didn't work this time.

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    Hey, don't worry about it !!
    But if you are that concerned, the first thing I would check out is DNS...

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    On the server?

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    I've noticed that you sometimes have to do this but it may be symptomatic of a deeper DNS problem. If you run dcdiag on the DCs and netdiag on the client it may gleen some pearls of wisdom.

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb
    On the server?
    Yes, take note of what Ric_ has said as that is the cause of action I would follow. Did you image these laptops or were they already done for you ?

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    They're laptops for teachers scheme, partly setup by lea I put our software on. I'm wondering if there is a dns problem because I can't get our w98 computers to join the domain either, they pick up the ip address from the range and I can ping the server and get to access the server through network neighbourhood.

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    If you havent got any win 98 machines on the domain already then.... You may have to go through steps such as disabling SMB signing in group policy and you may need another bit of software ont hem as well which name escapes me.

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    DSCLIENT Chris ?

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

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    DSCLIENT Chris ?
    Yup thats the one I was thinking of.

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb
    They're laptops for teachers scheme, partly setup by lea I put our software on. I'm wondering if there is a dns problem because I can't get our w98 computers to join the domain either, they pick up the ip address from the range and I can ping the server and get to access the server through network neighbourhood.
    Windows 9x computers cannot 'join' a domain. They can use a domain for user authentication that's all.

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    Yes, but they should be able to logon to a domain and access drives etc. they were working Ok til we had a new server, never had a problem before with W98s on server 2003 domains.

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    Re: joining laptops to domain

    Do you know where your PDC Emulator FSMO role is?



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