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When this happened to me, I looked in Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and could not find an address that matched the IP my machine was assigned. Since there was not a resource with that assigned IP address, I tested a few solutions. The one below worked best for me.
To resolve this issue follow the steps below:
1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC console. Search for the workstation name given to your workstation. Delete the workstation name from Active Directory.
2. Log into the workstation as a local administrator. Open a command prompt and run "ipconfig /release." Do not renew the DHCP address.
3. Reboot the workstation and the RIS process should run normally.
Note: This solution will only work if the workstation has previously been successfully added to the domain.
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Brian Tucker is an IT consultant specializing in Microsoft Back Office applications. He's currently involved in an SMS 2003 deployment for a large health care organization in St. Louis. He can be reached at Straehley@Charter.net
This was first published in February 2005