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    XP Joining Server 2008 Domain

    I installed the standard edition of Windows Server 2008, creating the domain mydomain.local

    My Vista Ultimate workstations joined the domain without any problem.

    However, I cannot get the XP Pro SP3 workstations to join.

    When entering the domain as mydomain.local, the following message is displayed. It seems to me that the 'everything' was found.
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    DNS was successfully queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain mydomain.local:

    The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.mydomain.local

    The following domain controllers were identified by the query:

    myserver2.mydomain.local

    Common causes of this error include:

    - Host (A) records that map the name of the domain controller to its IP addresses are missing or contain incorrect addresses.

    - Domain controllers registered in DNS are not connected to the network or are not running.
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    On a chance, I entered the domain as mydomain {leaving off the .local}. This asked me for the user/password with permissions to join the domain, but after entering the info for a domain admin the following was displayed.
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    RPC Server is unavailable.
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    The RPC services on both the server and workstation are running.

    These are the items I verified or tried:
    1. Workstation and server can ping each other using either the IP address or FQDN.
    2. Server TCP/IP settings only show its own IP address as the DNS server, no ISP DNS servers.
    3. Workstation TCP/IP DNS settings point to the server's IP address. I tried both the default and enabled NetBios settings.
    4. Workstation account is created and enabled on the server.
    5. ipconfig /all shows
    correct DNS server IP
    correct DNS suffix search list
    correct connection-specific DNS suffix
    5. I displayed the workstation's DNS with: ipconfig /displaydns The FQDN of the server is listed.
    6. I flushed the DNS cachewith :ipconfig /flushdns
    7. I re-registered the workstation's DNS name with: ipconfig /registerdns
    8. The workstation's firewall (AVG) does not seem to be blocking anytthing.

    I did NOT start the WINS service on the server, nor does the workstation have a WINS server setting in its TCP/IP properties because I thought WINS was un-necessary with XP and/or Vista.

    Is WINS the answer, or am I missing some other step?

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    Re: XP Joining Server 2008 Domain

    Problem Solved.

    Apparently the AVG 7.5 firewall was the culprit.

    I temporarily turned off the firewall and the workstation joined the domain within 5 seconds.

    After re-booting, the domain and AVG were working fine.

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    Re: XP Joining Server 2008 Domain

    Well done for fixing this!

    The ordinary Windows XP firewall has a propensity for turning itself on without notice after it has been firmly turned off days, weeks, or months earlier. The first time this becomes noticeably is when you can't PING the workstation!
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