"RPC Server Is Unavailable" Error Message When You Try to Establish a Trust Between Domains

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When you try to establish a trust between Windows 2000 domains, you receive an error message similar to one of the following:
RPC server was unavailable
Information from the primary domain controller name for the domain cannot be obtained because the RPC server is unavailable.


This issue occurs because the DNS service cannot locate server resources on the domain with which you are trying to establish the trust.


To resolve this issue, add a secondary DNS zone to support name resolution. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. In the DNS Manager, right-click Forward lookup zone, and then click New Zone.
  2. In the New Zone Wizard, click Next.
  3. Under Zone Type, click Standard secondary, and then click Next.
  4. Type a name for the zone, and then click Next.
  5. Type the IP address of the DNS zone that you want to add.
  6. Confirm the information, and then click Finish.


For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
312003 Unable to Establish an Explicit Trust Between Windows 2000-Based Domains


Article ID: 329705 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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