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Strangely, sometimes when you install Active Directory on a Windows 2000 server, the DNS server doesn't create a pointer record (PTR). This can cause trouble if you want to join a workstation into the domain.
So, if you are trying to get a workstation to join a Windows 2000 domain that only has DNS name resolution, and you are unable to resolve the domain, but can ping the IP address, then check the following:
- Are the DNS servers in the NIC TCP/IP properties?
- Does the DNS server have an NS Zone for the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain?
- Does the DNS server have a PTR record that points to the FQDN of the domain?
This was first published in March 2003