I have a network of 3 computers which were all communicating fine. In an attempt to speed one of them up, I reformatted it (Windows XP Professional) and all went well . But now I'm faced with reconnecting the computer with the small business network as it's vital to the productivity of the company. Now, with my limited networking experience I've always simply set them all to a similar workgroup and set a few sharing permissions and all was well. But using the other two computers as reference I see instead of being in a workgroup they're part of a "domain". I assumed as long as I entered the domain address ("five6.local") that is listed on the other two computers I would be popped into the network and all would be well. Instead, I get the following error message:
A domain controller for the domain five6.local could not be contacted
Googling the error gives me swarms of people in varying technical trouble with every one of them having a more sophisticated system and superior knowledge on the subject. Now, heres what I find odd about the whole thing: From what I can deduce, this is an error generated while trying to interact with Active Directory. And I believe Active directory will only run on a server operating system. But there is none in the group, It's just three Windows XP Professional machines. And it's the machine I reformatted wasn't the server because the other two computers are still communicating fine.
What am I missing here?
And how do I get this damn machine back in the network?!
All thoughts, comments, and inane moral-boosting cheers are much appreciated.