Nltest.exe Generates an Error Message When You Try to Query the Global Catalog

Symptoms

When you use the Windows 2000 support tool Nltest.exe to try to find the global catalog for a domain by specifying a NetBIOS name instead of the DNS name, Nltest.exe may generate the following error message:

DsGetDcName failed: Status = 1355 0x54b ERROR_NO_SUCH_DOMAIN
For example, this may occur if you use the NLTEST /dsgetdc:NetBIOS domain name /gc command. Nltest.exe may also generate this error message if the wrong domain is referenced in the Nltest.exe command.

Example

You have two or more domains, Example.com and Child.Example.com. If you run the NLTEST /dsgetdc:child.domain.com /gc command, you receive the error message that is described in this article. This is because the global catalog records only exist or only are registered in the Parent\Root Domain in DNS.

Resolution

To work around this problem, use the DNS domain name instead of the NetBIOS domain name or use the correct domain name in the Nltest.exe command. The NLTEST /dsgetdc:example.com /gc command returns the correct response.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

More Information

The NetBIOS name can be used to query for a primary domain controller (PDC) and Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC).
Properties

Article ID: 253096 - Last Review: Feb 28, 2007 - Revision: 1

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