You receive a “No domain server was available to validate your password” error message when you try to log on to a Microsoft Windows NT domain using TCP/IP

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to log on to a Microsoft Windows NT domain using only the TCP/IP protocol, the domain controller may not be found, generating the following error message:
No domain server was available to validate your password. You may not be able to gain access to some network resources.

After this occurs, you cannot log on to the domain until you restart your computer.

CAUSE

This problem can occur when the NetBIOS interface for TCP/IP (VNBT) is unable to allocate a buffer needed while you are logging on. This is more likely to occur in low-memory conditions.

RESOLUTION

This issue is resolved by the following updated file for Windows 95, and later versions of this file:
   VNBT.386  version 4.00.953  dated 6/13/96  95,481 bytes
				

A version of this file which resolves this problem is included in the Windows Sockets 2.0 update for Windows 95. For information on obtaining this update, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 182108
TITLE : Availability of Windows Sockets 2.0 for Windows 95


STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 95. An update to address this problem is now available, but is not fully regression tested and should be applied only to computers experiencing this specific problem. Unless you are severely impacted by this specific problem, Microsoft does not recommend implementing this update at this time. Contact Microsoft Technical Support for additional information about the availability of this update.

This issue is resolved in Microsoft Windows 98.

MORE INFORMATION

The information in this article applies to TCP/IP only. To determine if you are experiencing this problem, use the following method:
  • Add the IPX/SPX-compatible protocol to the client computer and the server computer and try to log on again. If you are unable to log on to the NT Domain, the fix mentioned in this article may not apply.


If you receive the error message when you dial into a Windows NT RAS server, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 154434
You receive a "No domain server was available to validate your logon" error message when you use Dial-Up Networking in Windows 95 to dial into a remote network

For additional information about issues resolved by updates to this component, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 168747
Update to Windows 95 TCP/IP to address out-of-band issue
ARTICLE-ID: 163770
Cannot log on to Windows NT domain with DNS name resolution only


For additional information about Windows 95 updates, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 161020
Implementing Windows 95 updates

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Article ID: 152791 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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kbnetwork kbpolicy kbprb KB152791

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