Windows cannot connect to the domain either because the domain controller is down .....

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by scorpion53061, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. Windows cannot connect to the domain either because the domain controller is
    down or otherwise unavailable

    I am having a problem with my XP users logging into my Windows 2003 Server.
    Every day I get the error above. Every day I have to remove them from the
    domain and then readd them in order for the comptuer to log in successfully.

    Any suggestions please?
     
    scorpion53061, Apr 6, 2005
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  2. scorpion53061

    ptwilliams Guest

    Ensure that you are pointing to the internal DNS server (usually a DC) for
    DNS resolution and no other. Also ensure that the DCs are pointing to an
    internal DNS server and that there are _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.domain-name.com
    records available in DNS.
     
    ptwilliams, Apr 6, 2005
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  3. Forgive me ptwilliams....

    What is a "DC"?

    Where would I find "_ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.domain-name.com"

    We use Windows Server 2003 for a DNS Server.
     
    scorpion53061, Apr 6, 2005
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  4. scorpion53061

    ptwilliams Guest

    A DC is a domain controller --the server that holds the domain database.

    _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.domain-name.com is an SRV resource record that is used
    to locate a DC. You will find this in the DNS Management Snap-In
    (dnsmgmt.msc). You can also query these records using nslookup --a command
    line tool for troubleshooting DNS.


    Without being rude, I think you should possibly read up on all this before
    going any further. Start here:
    -- http://www.microsoft.com/ad
     
    ptwilliams, Apr 6, 2005
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