Domain Controller Not found during NT BDC server install

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AMRS

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I am installing NT 4.0 onto a server to be a BDC. During the installation, when I get the the networking setup, I receive the message that the primary domain controller for that domain is not found.

I have checked to ascertain that the link lights are all working that the driver has installed that the proper IPs are included. And a number of other hoops. When I run the diagnostic provided it shows that everything passes except the 'loopback'. I have also checked to be certain that other computers are accessing the PDC, and they are.

This server was formerly set up as a SQL on another domain and the NIC worked fine. I simply want to use the unit as a BDC for this domain.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

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Have you done a clean install on a clean partition? Unless there is a connectivity problem due to the NIC this should be a piece of cake.
 
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When installing a new NT system (workstation or server) when I come to the "networking portion" I've found that it always works better if you skip that part....continue with the install and just log into the workstation/server....then, install SP 6a...then do your networking. Installing the latest SP will ensure that you've got the latest components and everything should go smooth from there. One more thing....don't use any of the NIC's that the "wizard" shows in the list...always download the correct drivers from the Mfg. and select "have disk"...believe me....you'll be glad that you did :)
 
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Unfortunately, that solution will not work in this case because in order to make an NT4 server a DC, you need to choose so during install.

The problem is most likely a NetBIOS name resolution issue. Do you have a WINS server on your network? If not, then you will need to have an LMHosts file to find the PDC if it is not on the same network subnet.

The following Q article may help...

<a href="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;140476">How to Install a BDC in a Routed TCP/IP Environment</a>
 

AMRS

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The problem was solved in a very simple manner: I double checked my IP range and discovered that the IP address that I had set was not within the range.

Thank you for your help and I'm sorry for bothering y'all with such a silly error.

Sometimes it's best to check the plugs....

AMRS
 
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