[Samba] cross-subnet domain join issue

Sean Kellogg skellogg at u.washington.edu
Fri Sep 5 22:04:08 GMT 2003

So, I already sent this message once before (yesterday), but I can't
seem to find it on the archives (and have received no responses), so I'm
wondering if it got bounced.  If it didn't and I'm just being ignore,
then I'll just stay put over here in the corner...  if it did, please
take a read and see if you can help.



I am one hurdle away from finishing my test PDC with ldap and password
sync.  Its been a hair raising effort...  and if I can solve this one
issue, we'll be ready to kick our Windows PDC out the window.

When I attempt to initially join the domain ( LOGOS ) from a win2K
client residing on a different subnet, I get the following:

The following error occured validating the name "LOGOS"
The condition may be caused by a DNS lookup problem.  For information
about troubleshooting common DNS lookup problems, please see the
following Microsoft Website:

The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted

This is the same error I would get on clients residing on the same
subnet that didn't have NetBIOS over TCP/IP enabled.  Once enabled, I
was able to join without incident.  However this does not appear to be
the issue with clients residing on other subnets, as they are properly

Adding to complications, I am certain that the server running the domain
(also named LOGOS) can be seen from other subnets by doing lookups on

Documentation on the subject seems to indicate that this shouldn't be an
issue...  the tough part is supposed to be browsing, but I can't start
tackling that issue until I'm join to the domain in the first place.

Thanks for any assistance,

Sean Kellogg
University of Washington
Biostatistics Department - Linux Guy
e: skellogg at u.washington.edu    p: 5-9176

"Linux is to the internet what duct tape is to everything else"

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