View Full Version : [ubuntu] Win2K3 DNS Server and Linux client

June 30th, 2008, 02:44 AM

I have a Windows 2003 R2 Domain and I am trying to join Ubuntu 8.04 client.
I seem to be falling down at the first hurdle as I can not ping via dns.
I can ping IP's and hosts that are in the hosts file.
The client has an entry for the DNS server in the /etc/resolv.conf file.

I suspect that it is a problem with the Win2K3 server.
Would anyone know where to start looking?


June 30th, 2008, 05:34 PM

I don't think there is a problem with your 2k3 server.
I suppose there is a dhcp server on the network . The server should provide you with a domainname, (ex. domain.local) and update your /etc/resolv.conf with the domainname.

What you should do is take a look in your /etc/resolv.conf, look what the search parameter says. If your local domain is domain.local, it should be:
"search domain.local"

# Modified_by: NetworkManager
# Process: /usr/bin/NetworkManager
# Process_id: 5212

search domain.local

nameserver <your nameserver>

If you type the command "ping somemachine", you computer will ask the DNS: whois somemachine.domain.local.

And if you want to join a AD domain, you should take a look at a package called "likewise". You can find it in the resp.

July 1st, 2008, 12:01 AM
Ahh, I will add the search for domain line to the resolv.conf file.
However I think I still might have an issue with DNS as I can not pick the name of the DC via DNS.
Do I need to enable anything in DNS to allow non windows 2000+ clients to connect to it?