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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
Article ID: 152791 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q152791
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.
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.
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:
TITLE : Availability of Windows Sockets 2.0 for Windows 95
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.
The information in this article applies to TCP/IP only. To determine if you are experiencing this problem, use the following method:
If you receive the error message when you dial into a Windows NT RAS server, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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:
Update to Windows 95 TCP/IP to address out-of-band issue
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:
Implementing Windows 95 updates