[Samba] Specified domain could not be contacted

Grant Gavares gavares at arlut.utexas.edu
Wed Sep 24 15:26:39 GMT 2003

I have a samba PDC on redhat 9. Linux systems join the domain served by 
the PDC without problem. Windwos 2k systems cannot joint the domain. The
message is:

The following error occurred validating the name "<domain name>".

This condition may be caused by a DNS lookup problem. For more 
information about troubleshooting common DNS lookup problems, see the 
following Microsoft website Http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=5171

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

I have the PDC acting as a wins server and have entered the ip address
the the PDC into the wins configuration box on the windows 2k system.
Windows 2k pings the linux server fine and I can connected to the linux
PDC from windows in a broswer if I type in the IP address and provide a
valid username and password.

I have successfully established PDC's in the past with W2k and as far as 
I can tell, I have followed the same procedure here. Sometimes a logfile
is generated in /var/log/samba/windows.log after an attempt to join the 
domain, and sometime not.

Thanks in advance.

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