Why can't my remote clients log onto the DC?
I'm running a W2K domain server with win 9X clients. The DC has DNS,
RAS, and DHCP installed. The network uses TCP/IP. I have a remote office
which connects via 2 routers and a dedicated 64K line. The clients at
the remote office, using the IP address, are able to ping the server and
other clients on both subnets (remote 255....252 local 255....0). Name
resolution is not happening on the remote clients. It is, however,
happening on the local client. The remote clients can map a shared
drive (using the IP address) on the DC, but they are unable to log onto
the DC. I need them to log on in order to get my policies implemented.
You didn't mention WINS. You'll need a WINS server for the W9X clients.
Your symptom indicates a WINS problem of some sort. Do you have more
than one WINS server?
Make sure the clients in the remote office are configured to point at
the DC for DNS and WINS. Check the WINS database to make sure the
clients are registering.
If you ping the fully qualified DNS name of the DC, does that succeed?
If so, you know you have a WINS issue and not a DNS issue. You can add a
Domain name to the DNS Configuration of the TCP/IP stack and that might
resolve your problem, as well. But you'll still need WINS for NetBIOS
This was first published in September 2001