Domain Trust Relationship Cannot be Created

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When you attempt to establish a trust relationship between two domains that do not replicate their respective Microsoft Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) databases, you receive the following error message:

Could not find domain controller for this domain


This behavior may occur if a primary domain controller (PDC) cannot resolve another PDC's <Domain name\0x1b> entry through WINS.


To resolve this problem, you can create an LMHOSTS file on both primary domain controllers to provide cross-domain name resolution capability. Each file must contain the TCP/IP address and <Domain name\0x1b> entry for the opposite controller. For information on creating the LMHOSTS file, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

180094 How to Write an LMHOSTS File for Domain Validation
After you create the LMHOSTS files, use the NBTSTAT -R command to preload the entries into cache.

It is recommended that you also verify that the LMHOSTS lookup function is enabled. You can do this by clicking Start, pointing to Settings, clicking Control Panel, and then double-clicking Network. Click the Protocols tab, double-click TCP/IP Protocol, click the WINS Address tab, and then click to select the Enable LMHOSTS Lookup check box. Click OK, and then click Close.


Article ID: 197808 - Last Review: February 21, 2014 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft BackOffice Server 4.0
  • Microsoft BackOffice Server 4.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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