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Domain Controller not found

Windows XP SP2
Client 4.90 SP2
ZFD 4

Just imaged a lab. They will login fine the first time. We then rename
them, and after a reboot they all throw a Windows Security error.
"A domain controller could not be found for the specified domain"
Funny thing is we don't have any domain controllers here. Using the Last
known good configuration option in the boot menu it will fix it, until
you rename it again. Thanks in advance.
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Domain Controller not found

jtreadwell,

> Just imaged a lab. They will login fine the first time. We then rename
> them, and after a reboot they all throw a Windows Security error.
> "A domain controller could not be found for the specified domain"
> Funny thing is we don't have any domain controllers here. Using the Last
> known good configuration option in the boot menu it will fix it, until
> you rename it again. Thanks in advance.


After renaming the workstation you'll also need to update the registry
setting: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\DefaultDomainName


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de Absent Member.
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Re: Domain Controller not found

Hamish, you are a blessing!
Just found this old post that quickly answered a problem I ran into.
Not sure why it didn't update automatically as it usually does, but anyway:
Thanks.


Hamish Speirs;603953 wrote:
jtreadwell,

> Just imaged a lab. They will login fine the first time. We then rename
> them, and after a reboot they all throw a Windows Security error.
> "A domain controller could not be found for the specified domain"
> Funny thing is we don't have any domain controllers here. Using the Last
> known good configuration option in the boot menu it will fix it, until
> you rename it again. Thanks in advance.


After renaming the workstation you'll also need to update the registry
setting: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\DefaultDomainName


--
Hamish Speirs
Novell Support Forums Volunteer Sysop.

http://haitch.net

(Please, no email unless requested. Unsolicited support emails will
probably be ignored)
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markddd Absent Member.
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Re: Domain Controller not found

Please forgive my ignorance, but what value should be placed in the DefaultDomainName?

Hamish Speirs;603953 wrote:
jtreadwell,

> Just imaged a lab. They will login fine the first time. We then rename
> them, and after a reboot they all throw a Windows Security error.
> "A domain controller could not be found for the specified domain"
> Funny thing is we don't have any domain controllers here. Using the Last
> known good configuration option in the boot menu it will fix it, until
> you rename it again. Thanks in advance.


After renaming the workstation you'll also need to update the registry
setting: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\DefaultDomainName


--
Hamish Speirs
Novell Support Forums Volunteer Sysop.

http://haitch.net

(Please, no email unless requested. Unsolicited support emails will
probably be ignored)
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rolflidvall Absent Member.
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Re: Domain Controller not found

> Please forgive my ignorance, but what value should be placed in the
> DefaultDomainName?


In the case when the workstation is not a member of a Microsoft Domain, then
the value is the name of the workstation. To find the name, open a command
prompt, type -> set -> Enter, and look for COMPUTERNAME.


Regards
Rolf Lidvall
Swedish Radio (Ltd)


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markddd Absent Member.
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Re: Domain Controller not found

Thank you for your reply. Placing the "computer name" on the "From: line" under the ADVANCE/WINDOWS tab (without workstation only checked) did the trick. This caused the setting to remain after logoff where previously it had to be switched manually each time.

rolflidvall;1944753 wrote:
> Please forgive my ignorance, but what value should be placed in the
> DefaultDomainName?


In the case when the workstation is not a member of a Microsoft Domain, then
the value is the name of the workstation. To find the name, open a command
prompt, type -> set -> Enter, and look for COMPUTERNAME.


Regards
Rolf Lidvall
Swedish Radio (Ltd)
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ghesseltine Absent Member.
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Re: Domain Controller not found

This didn't give me the solution but it did point me in the right direction. 'HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\D efaultDomainName' was just short of a fix. However, 'HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DefaultDomainName' worked like a champ. Changed that value to the name of the PC and that did the trick.

thanks for the lead
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