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Q: Adding a computer to the domain

I am currently adding a client to my network and whenever i do it puts the station out with the domain controllers.

I have changed the group to domain computers and it still puts it out there! am i doing something wrong?

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A: Adding a computer to the domain

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Hi all ,

I've set up Windows Server 2008 R2 on my homeserver machine and would like to add my laptop to the domain that I created (there are many reasons for doing this, one of which is so that I can access my account on all Windows-based computers), but it doesn't seem to want to join.
I've set up the domain correctly, and have also looked at online guides for doing this, but with no result. I am new to Windows Server (but not new to anything else computer-wise) but I have a good idea of what to do and this has puzzled me.

Both computers are assigned with a static IP by the router (by matching the MAC address when they connect) so this requirement is met. Please also see the attached images to see what the problem is.

A:Adding computer to domain

Do you have a DNS server setup on your network? You need this to have Active Directory to work properly. You can install/run the DNS server on your server acting as the AD/Domain Controller for your network. I have this setup on my home network. The next step is to change the DNS server your PCs/laptops are using. You MUST use the IP address of your server running DNS locally. The last item you need to configure is to setup the DNS server to forward lookups to your ISP's DNS server when name resolution goes beyond locally registered devices.

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I have an XP Pro workstation that I'm trying to add to my domain(domain controller running Server 2003). When I try to change the name of it to get it in line with the naming convention I'm using, a window comes up saying I was able to join the domain. When I OK this window, the hourglass comes up on the "change name" window and it just sits there....after about 15 seconds I try to shut that window(with the hourglass still up). At this point it says "not responding", and then tells me that the computer has joined the domain but with the old computer name and not the one I tried to change it to.

The strange part is that in Active Directory, under "Computers", it lists the name that I tried to change it to, after it told meon the workstation that it was joining the domain with the old name. Should I be waiting longer than the 15 seconds or is something wrong?

Another thing(and I'm guessing is a result of what I mentioned above) is that in the DNS forward lookup table, the only thing that's in there is my domain controller and it's IP and nothing else. So far I've only tried to add 2 computers(they are the first ones I tried to join to the domain) with the same results I've explained above.

Anyone have any ideas?

A:XP won't change computer name while adding to domain

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How do I add a computer with a Windows 7 Profession OS to a network domain. I was able to add computers with the Windows XP Professional OS quite easily. However, with Windows 7 Pro OS I am getting DNS errors.

A:Adding a workstation/computer to a network domain

Hi and welcome to TSF see the info here Add a device or computer to a network

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Here are the steps I took. Please tell me if I should have done differently.

1. On the server end add the user and computer to the domain in advance.

2. Fresh install windows 10 and make the first username Admin.

3. Once at desktop rename PC to match PC name on domain i.e. Workstation001.

4. Add computer to mydomain.local and when asked for username and password I entered the credentials for the new user.

5. Restarted the PC and signed into mydomain\newuser without any problems.

However now when I try to access the original local Admin account by typing 'Workstation001\local Admin' as the username and then the password. It keeps saying password invalid.

So I logged back into the domain account and tried resetting the password to Admin and then tried signing in as admin again, still no luck.

Currently there are 2 accounts on the computer one of them is a local/domain account for newuser and the other is a local Admin account which I cannot access.

What kind of glitch is this? Should I have not joined the domain through the original Admin account and instead added a local user to the PC 'newuser' and then sign in as that user locally then add them to the domain through their own local account? I didn't think this was necessary.

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Hi All

I am trying to get to grips with Win2K server by running a test network at home. Because of space restrictions I just have a Dell Dimension XPS T500 (PIII, 128MB) running W2K Server and connected directly (NIC to NIC) with a crossover cable to a Toshiba Portege (also PIII) running W2K Professional. I have successfully (I think) set up Active Directory on the Server and have got to a point where the client gets the correct DHCP address from the client with DNS configured etc.
The problem I am having at the moment is adding the computer to the domain. When I go to the network ID section in W2KP and change properties, it tells me that it cannot locate the domain. I can see the domain in Network Neighborhood but cannot access it from there.
Any ideas on how to proceed?
The Server name is "Server" and the domain name is "Domain" (very imaginative I know). The full DNS name is server.domain.local.
I assume I only need to enter DOMAIN as domain name on W2K client??

A:{Solved} - Problem adding computer to W2K domain and using Active Directory


No. If you have set up the AD, then you need to use the fully qualified Domain name (ie. "domain.local").

Also, and this is vitally important... have you set up the DHCP server to send it's IP address as the DNS server, or have you setup the W2K pro client to use the server as it's DNS server? See, W2K works on Dynamic DNS. It's like WINS, in a DNS format. It is important that the W2K client can see the DNS server and know where it is.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

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We have removed a computer from the domain because of some network issues.
When we logged in to the computer as a local administrator we've noticed that the user folder of the domain user who was previously logged to that computer was almost empty(except for the appdata folder).
When we joined the pc back in the domain the computer made a new profile.
Unfortunaly the user did save some documents on his dekstop in the old profile.
Is there a possibilty to recover the documents.

The computer runs Windows 7 64 bit.

The old profile is not listed in the profile list in the system properties and also not visible as a profile in the register.

A:Corrupt user profile when removing and adding computer to domain

It's not a roaming profile and the hidden files are shown (also the protected operating files ares shown)
I only see the appdata folder

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I hit major problems yesterday when a power surge killed my server (despite ups/surge protection!). We have a small set up of 15 win2k machines and one Windows server 2003 all connected under a domain.

Basically all user machines were unaffected but my only method of getting us up and running was installing a fresh version of 2003 server on a new machine. i followed this guide and configured it to use the same domain as last time (hoping that all the client machines would carry on as they were before the server out). i've managed to set up access to shared drives hosted on the network. That is working.

However i am now having these problems on all client machines

Client machines cannot connect to shared printers from another client machine. - Logging on as an administrator to their machine locally (not domain) you can add and print. Simply changing their policies to admin does not allow them access.
Each machines is still connected to the domain (so it says) but if you take them off and try to put them back on the domain i get this error:the following error occurred attempting to join the domain " ". network path was not found
If somebody can help me out i would be very gratefull. I'm alright with basic networking but have never installed Win server from fresh. I like to think i've just missed a simple checkbox or similar!? I've basically followed the guide and have done little else in way of changes, so you should be able to get a good i... Read more

A:Complete Domain Issue! Shared printers & adding domain

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dear all

i have a problem in adding addtional domain controller in my forest domain.

when i try to add additional; domain controller after working few miniutes it gives meessage THE ACTIVE DIRECTORY WIZARD IS UNABLE TO CONVERT THE COMPUTER TO DOMAIN CONTROLLER ACESSES DENIED


But the user name has full permission he is administrator

please help me

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IP settings 

Subnet mask




Windows 7

IP address automatically  





error code reads 


following error occored wen DNS was queried for the servise location (SRV)

record used to locate an Active Directory Domane Controller (AD DC) for Domain



error was: "This operation returned because the timeout period expired."

code 0x000005b4 ERROR_TIMEOUT)


query was for SRV record_ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.dalek.local.

DNS server used  by this com... Read more

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How do i set up the dns right? What other requirements do I need to meet before I can successfully add a computer to a domain? I am interning at a computer company and need to figure this out..... I don't speak much technology language yet so the more simple instructions the better!!!! THANKS!!!!

A:step by step for adding a computer to a domain

Make sure you are connected to the network before attempting these instructions.

To add a computer to a domain you need to have that domain's admin username and password or your username should be a member of the domain admin group. (local admin will not work).

Your domain should be setup for DNS server and DHCP server to issue these values when a client computer attempts to connect it.

Before you attempt to connect to the Domain Server's Active Directory, go to the connected network adapter's IP settings and set "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically".

Right click on Computer icon either on desktop or inside start menu, and in the system properties, click on Advanced System Settings.

Go to the first tab (Computer name) and click on Network ID button. This will start a wizard, which will guide you through various steps involved in joining to an existing domain.

You can also use the Change button and enter the Domain name in the member of Domain field and click enter. This will ask you for the domain admin's username and password. Enter them and after authentication the computer will join the Domain and you will get a dialog box saying "Welcome to Domain (Domain name)". If the system could not find the domain's active directory then an error message will pops up. You need to fix the error and try again.

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Novice networking person here trying to save his company some $$$. I have a user who's hard drive failed and I am waiting for a new one to arrive to reinstall. In the meantime, the user has no PC to connect to the network. I have an old PC which used to be another users who now has a laptop. My question is: Do I remove the PC with the bad hard drive from the domain before I add the old PC? Also, do I give the old PC the same name as the PC I am replacing? Once I get a new hard drive and install it, I will be adding that PC back onto the domain. Just need to know the proper protocol for adding and removing these PC's. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Feral Geek

A:Adding a PC to a domain

You should be OK by just renaming the old PC to the same as the one with the failed hd. Configure it as a work group computer while you are renaming it, reboot, then configure it to join the domain, I believe it will have to reboot again and then you should be good to go.

If the old computer was configured and used in the existing domain, then the TCP/IP, DNS, and default gateway should set up. If not, you may have to make changes for connectivity.

You should not have to remove the computer account from the domain to accomplish this.

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From what i have read on the internet, there is no way to connect Windows 7 Home Premium to a domain.

I was wondering if anybody knew if there is a way around it to put it into the domain. It is pretty vital as all the computers need roaming users and what not...

Looking forward to your replies


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Computer operating systems being used:

Windows 2003 Server Enterprise
Windows XP Professional Edition (Service Pack 2)
I am attempting to add a domain to a computer (Windows XP). Whenever I go Start - My Computer - Right Click - Properties - Computer Name - Change - Domain and type the domain address I get this error:

The error was: "DNS name does not exist." (error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)

This is comprehensible but here’s the thing. When I type “//" (the server address) from Start - Run I can still gain access to the server. But when I type the actual name such as “domain.local” it can’t find it. So, maybe this could mean something is wrong with the DNS? When I ping the DNS servers the command prompt says they are unreachable. Not sure if I’ve covered a lot of ground here but I’m just trying to nudge back on track that would eventually lead to a solution. Just as a note, I do have administrative privileges to both computers and I am logged in as the administrator.

Thanks for any feedback.

A:Solved: Adding A Domain

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Trying to add a laptop with windows 7 to our network.

The laptop is working fine on the LAN. it can see the folders on the server, use the internet, etc.

Trying to add it to the domain in the systems options the 'Network ID' button is completely greyed out. I've searched google a bit and yes 'Client For Microsoft Network' is enabled.

Also, cannot use the printer - says that it can't find the driver (I'm assuming this is because it's not connected to the domain - as I've set up 2 winxp comps today fine with the printer)


A:Adding windows 7 to the domain


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I work in a small office running a NT4.0 PDC and BDC. We just recently purchased a new server that we will be placing W2K Server on. What we want to do is Switch over to a W2K Domain by using the new server. Will there be a conflict if I install the Server with W2K, make it a Domain Controller and then put it on the network with the NT4.0 PDC and BDC still running? Or do I have to copy all important files to another machine, say a regular workstation, then shut down the NT machine, configure the W2K machine with our domain info and copy all files to the W2K machine.

A:Adding a W2K DC to a existing NT 4.0 domain

You can add the server as a DC to the existing domain. You will then be in mixed mode.

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I can't add any vista machine onto my domain. It's very odd.

we have dhcp, and it is getting an ip assigned to the vista machine, but we can't ping the dhcp server, we can't ping the active directory server.

When i ping the ad server it will get a reply the very first time and then request timed out every other time after that until i reboot.

If i do ipconfig /renew it tells me it can't find the dhcp server, but i know it can because on the server i see it has an address lease for the vista machine.

We have two domains, works fine on the other one. anyone have any idea what is going on?

I can ping the router and other computers on the network, just can't ping the ad / dhcp server

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I work for a small non-profit and I am going to be removing 2 old PC's (Windows XP) from our domain and adding 2 newer PC's (Windows XP) to replace the older ones. I want to give the newer PC's the same computer names (i.e. ws07 and ws10) that were assigned to the older PC's. Is it best to first delete the old computers from the domain through Active Directory (Windows Server 2003 SBS) and then add the newer computers with the same ws # as the older ones? Is this best practice?

Thank you.

A:Removing/Adding WS to Domain

I think you would be better of just removing the old computers from the domain first before rejoining them. For just two computers it really isn't that much work.


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Holy yeesh! Can I just say how much I love fumbling around with w2k?
Okay, I've just set up this new domain. One PDC, and two servers. But unfortunately one of the servers cannot join the new domain.
Using Active Directory Users and Computers, I've added the computer to the domain, no prob. But trying to change the domain on the lost server gives me an error with the reason "Network Path Cannot Be Found", dagnabit.
From the sorry-server, I can see and access every computer on the network, so it's not a connectivity problem, it just can't join the domain.
I've done what I can, going through as much as I can as if I was on NT, but nuthin.
Everything I've looked up says to do what I did at the beginning of this post, but nuthin.
Any ideas?

A:Ugh! W2k domain...adding a server


Sorry for the delayed reply, but work suddenly got busy...

There are two main things to look for in this case:

1) You are using the correct DNS server (this must be on a Win2K machine, as it needs to support Dynamic DNS), and the DNS server is configurered correctly.

2) You are attempting to connect to a Fully Qualified Domain Name name (ie Domain.Company.Com) and not just "Domain".


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I am attempting to bring up a new second win2k dc, but when I run ads install wizard, it will not find the domain. Am I missing something? If this isn't a simply dumb question, let me know and I'll go into more detail. Thanks!

A:{Resolved} - Adding new domain controller

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Hi! I have basic questions about adding/removing/re-adding a workstation to a domain and Active Directory. We use DHCP at work for our addressing scheme.

The problem I had when naming a new workstation the same as the one I am replacing on the domain was that I noticed the new pc with that same computer name as the previous pc was still trying to use the IP address that was assigned to the workstation before by dhcp, so the new workstation was not showing it assigned an IP address. I would try pinging the computer name but there was no reply because it was still showing the ip address of the computer disconnected that had the same name.

So after researching I am thinking the following should be the correct way for me to accomplish naming a new pc the same as an old disconnected one.

For example, I have a workstation that I need to replace because of faulty issues, so do I need to
- remove the faulty workstation from the domain to workgroup, then restart
- then from Active Directory do I need to reset the Computer name
- then do a ipconfig /release on faulty workstation that has been removed from the domain to release the leased ip address in dhcp
- then disconnect the faulty PC and connect the PC I am using to replace the previous PC
- Name this workstation the same as the one I just disconnected and removed from the domain
-Add this PC to the domain and restart

A:Renaming/Re-adding Workstations on a Domain

One important thing to remember is all NetBIOS names (the computer names) must be unique on the network regardless of whether they are in the domain or not.

If you don't plan on ever powering up the faulty computer on the network, then you can just do an ipconfig /release and turn off the power. In Active Directory, just delete the computer account. Then connect and turn on the new computer, named it what the old computer was and join in to the domain.

If you do intent to power up the faulty computer on the network again, then go ahead and remove it from the domain and then rename the computer to something else. Then do ipconfig /release and power down.

Always remember that the current IP address leases will be shown in the DHCP Server applet on the server. If you want to release a particular IP address, you can nuke the lease at the DHCP Server.

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I have an Dell Optiplex 740 running Windows Vista Business. I am trying to add it to my domain and the computer just freezes. I need to do a hard reset each time this happens. Has anyone seen this issue? Any help would be appreciated.

A:Vista Freezes when adding to a Domain

Have you ever had this machine connected to the domain network?

What domain network are you using, name and version?

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We want to add in a VBS to run when the user logs in that will remap all user specific shares I am thinking something along the lines of the VBS login script not the VBS ran by GPO does anyone have opinions either way which may function better? I only ask because I know a few times we have to go to a PC and do a gpupdate /force just to get some of our other GPOS pushed down.

Each user will have X number (X changes by department) and we want them to unmap any mapped drive they have for the drives we want to input.

I would also like to get the VBS to do some kind of drive map output to a file before it makes the changes so we can always reverse anthing that has occured. Something along the lines of the old dos commands where I would do a -

time /t >> C:\Drivemapping.log
date /t >> C:\drivemapping.log
net use >> C:\Drivemapping.log

I.E. if a person made a drive mapping for G: to \\Server\Share and a K: for \\Sever1\Share1 but the department had the drive mapping as K: for the same \\Server\Share we want it to effectively 1) make a log of their current Share setup 2) unmap the \\Server1\Share1 for K and 3) remap the \\Server\Share.

Also people on our domain do not share out PC resources and use a file server so we know most all shares that are out there. Also note that more than likely the server mapping log part will be stripped out after about 3-5 weeks of use once everyone is running with the correct shares and any new hires will automatically have this ... Read more

A:Adding complexities to our Domain login.

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Not sure if this is where I should be posting this. Please redirect me if there is a better forum that I should use.

I use my own laptop while working as a contractor. I am running win7 ultimate x64 Sp1. The laptop uses homegroup to connect to other PCs whilst at home.

To access network devices whilst at work I use the Cisco VPN client to attach to their network. This works great for most things I need to do, however,...

If I need to access a shared directory on one of their servers the authenication window that appears automatically adds my laptop name as a domain name. As this is not the domain of the server I fail to authenicate. The added domain name is not in the username box as in previous versions on windows but appears in the text part of the dialogue box so I cannot delete it.

Is there any way that I can stop this from happening adn gain access to the files I need without resorting to a friendly staff member and a USB stick?
This is really doing my head in


A:Automatic adding of a domain name when authenticating

Anyone any ideas?

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Hi everyone!

I moved a user who was originally outside of the domain, *into* the domain. The problem is that upon moving it, the profile didn't follow. I'm thinking there's a folder somewhere that holds these old values and I would be able to copy from old to new.....can someone point me to where this old file resides, or is there a better way to achieve my objective?

Thanks in advance!

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I am thinking to enroll windows 7 on all the machines in our network so i bought a copy of windows 7 pro for testing and installed it and joined it to the domain and i logged on with my user account with no problem and also can get emails from exchange through outlook with no problem. everything seems ok BUT

the problem is, few domain policies don't work. for example:
loggin script to map network drives doesn't work

an other IT dude told me that i would need to upgrade the AD schema on my DC and Exchange servers to server 2008.

how accurate is that and what do you think?
thank you


A:adding windows 7 to 2003 domain

I feel this is quite important for you to get right, and so i would suggest you go straight to Microsoft and get their support.

If anyone has this level of expertise, pls suggest but like i said, best to get your answer from Microsoft.

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Hello all,

I am hoping someone here can help me with an issue I am currrently facing.

I have created an VMimage for my compnay to use. We are offshoring some activites and wanted to have the offshore company use their PC with my compnanies VM image loaded on to it. My company used Active Directory to create machine names before joinning to the domain. The Vm image is not able to join my companys domain. What things need to be considered to add the machine to my company's domain on this offshore company's PC? The error they are recieving is The following error occured attempting to join to the domain: XXX; The specified server cannot perform the requested operation.

They have also tried adding the host machine to the network with the same error.

Themachine is added using AD, and he tried to add the machine to the domain, the machine that was created in AD becomes disabled.

Also the host machine is set with a static NAT.

Any feedback is welcome.
Thank you

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I have an application that requires my users to add a registry entry each time they enter the program. The easiest way I figured to do that was to give all my users administrative privileges on each Win2000 machine. The problem is they log on to a domain, and I'm having to enter like 50 user IDs individually on each Win2000 machine. I have us in a group in the WinNT domain, but I can't find anywhere on the Win2000 PC to add a group from the domain. It's just time consuming and thought I'd see if anyone knew of an easier way.
This was hard to explain...hope it's half-way clear.

A:Adding Domain Users As A Group

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I have a desktop that is in a remote location that can ping back and forth between the domain controller at the main headquarters, but not by name.  I have added the DC to the hosts file of the remote PC and added the suffix of the domain to the list
of dns suffixes' to check, and added a DNS record on the DC for the remote PC.  They are on different subnets. and
The thing I am trying to do is add the remote PC to the domain.  When I try to join it says it cannot find a domain controller.

The DC is windows server 2012, the desktop is Win 7

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I'm having trouble adding a w2k laptop to our nt domain. When trying to add it to the domain using the wizard, I get the following error:

The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "domainname". The security database on the server does not ave a computer account for this workstation trust relationship.

What does this mean, and how can I get the laptop on our domain?

A:trouble adding w2k machine to NT domain

Here you go:
<a href="http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q272/2/37.ASP">Error Message When You Try to Add Windows 2000-Based Workstation to Windows NT 4.0-Based Domain</a>

<a href="http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q285/0/16.ASP">Cannot Add Computer to Windows NT 4.0-Based Domain; Error Message Cites Lack of Computer Account</a>
(They are the same as far as I can tell!)

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When doubleclick.net is added into hosts file, it works, but dart.l.doubleclick.net is still able to access internet.

(Sub domain) dart. (Sub domain) l.   (Domain) doubleclick.net

I would like to know on how to work on Hosts file, so whenever URL find domain doubleclick.net without considering any sub domain, it would redirect to

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions

Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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I am currently running an NT 4.0 Domain and would like to know how I would go about adding an application server running WIN 2000.

A:Adding 2000 Member Server to Nt 4.0 Domain

If you want it to be part of the domain you need to install AD. If it is just going to be a file server just make it a standalone. What sort of application are you tring to run on the new server?

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I want to add a 2003 (terminal server) to a 2000 Domain. Has anyone ever had any issues doing this? Any other advice?

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WS2012 Remote Desktop Session Host. We need to run a couple LOB programs from a remote share, and I want to suppress the security prompt. The usual solution is add the domain to Local Intranet Zone.
I can add domain servers to Local Intranet Zone by using "file://ServerName" syntax and it works. In a normal DomainName.Local domain, I can add "DomainName.Local" to the Local Intranet Zone and it works.
I haven't found a syntax that works for "SingleLabelDomain". I've tried

--and I either get an "Invalid format" message, or it accepts it but doesn't work.
Is there a correct way to enter this, or am I SOL with a single-label domain?

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I have Windows Vista Hone Premium. Is there a workaround to add my laptop with Vista home, to a network Domain? Currently, after attempting to do so, that option is greyed out.

A:Vista Home Premium - Adding to a Netowrk Domain

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I have been asked to research what would be involved in adding a dc to our domain (for fault tolerance and load balancing). There seem to be so many conflicting posts out on the web.

We currently have 1 dc running Windows Server 2000, (Small Business ed.) The new dc will be running Windows Server 2003.

Can someone give me a straightforward step by step list of what we need to do? It looks like we will have to be prepare the (new?) dc by using adprep and forestprep? It also looks like we will have to replicate the pdc's AD database over the network, since it's W2K.

Finally, is it really necessary to run this in a test enviro? If so, how? By duplicating our environment on 2 virtual servers? We aren't a large company - 1 dc, 4 servers, appx. 50 workstations.

Any suggestions on how to tackle this would be most appreciated! Thank you!

A:Suggestions for adding a domain controller in mixed 0/S environment

I think I scared possible respondents by asking for a step by step list of what to do! I don't need anything as detailed as the Microsoft help guides, what I'm looking for is the particular order of the tasks I need to do. For example:

back up pdc
Run adprep/forest prep on pdc
run adprep/domainprep on new dc
run dcpromo
etc., etc.

I just want to do these things in the correct order. Anyone?

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The Server is Windows 2008 R2
The computer in question is a new Win 10 Pro laptop. Two other computers (Win7) are connected to the server with no strange behavior.

To be more specific, I cannot even open other users that were active on the notebook before I succeeded in getting myself accepted as a domain user on the notebook. I get a message that the computer cannot find the domain. (May not be exact wording.)

I am administrator on the other two computers as well, and thus was already recognized as a domain user.

(Regarding my role, I am a volunteer, retired, somewhat rusty former computer shop owned, for this small non-profit organization.)

I would appreciate any trouble-shooting suggestions you might make on my next visit to the client site, probably Tuesday Aug 14. I will run the sysinfo utility then.

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I'm having a very strange BSOD. Here is what I can tell for sure.

1. System is dual boot with XP and Win7 pro.
2. Everything was working fine. I could boot to either OS.
3. I added the Windows 7 install to our domain.
4. I rebooted and BSOD 0x000000124.
5. I can boot to safe mode and from there if I strip off the nVidia drivers it will boot up fine. Unfortunately in immediately installs the drivers again once I reboot... BSOD.
6. I've tried every available nVidia driver for 7300 le. Default VGA drivers are not acceptable as I have 4 monitors to run off 2 cards and default VGA only gives acces to one card and one monitor.
7. I have spent 2 full days trying to find any sort of answer. There are a lot of issues with nVidia and Win7 BSOD. However, they usually seem to be after the PC boots and the user is in an application. My issue is on boot.
8. If I take it off the domain and remove the drivers, I can then reboot and install the nVidia drivers and they work fine. (Not acceptable as it needs to be on the domain.)

Any ideas on what to try? Or am I better off looking into an ATI chip graphics card to avoid more headaches with nVidia? If so does anyone have a suggestion on an equivalent ATI PCI-e card.

A:Video driver causing BSOD after adding device to domain

Apparently the issue only occurs when I have quad monitors set up. If I disconnect the monitors from the second card it will load drivers and boot perfectly. So I guess the question now becomes does anyone know of an issue that would cause Windows to BSOD on the second card intializing? Again, I'm thinking about just moving to ATI cards and using crossfireX to get all 4 monitors working.

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DC: Win Server 2003
Laptops: Win7 Pro

When joining a set of laptops to the domain it prompts for domain admin credentials and appears to be successful, but gives an error of 'Changing the Primary Domain DNS name of this computer to " " failed. The name will remain domain.local
The error was:

The RPC Server is unavailable.

When attempting to add Domain Users to the local administrators group:
Windows cannot process the object with the name "domain users" because of the following error:
The RPC server is unavailable.
This happens even when wired on the network. I have tried uncommenting the localhost line in HOSTS, and manually adding the DNS server (which is also the DC).

Any suggestions would be very helpful.

A:RPC error adding domain users to local admin group

Have you checked the RPC service on the server? Manually stop and restart it as well.

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Can I access a network share on the domain with a non-domain computer? I would connect the computer directly to the corporate network. 
For what reasons could this be blocked (firewall? policy? settings on server-side?) and what configuration is needed to make sure it is possible to access a network share with a non-domain computer?
Thanks already for your help!

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Hi everyone!
Noticed, that if I try to access a shared folder located on domain computer from non-domain computer, typing \ \ computername\sharename, pop-up authentication window appears after some time (30-80 sec). But, if I type \\computername  without pointing
sharename, pop-up authentication window appears instantly.
If I run created shortcut for this share - pop-up authentication window appears instantly.
I can easily reproduce this problem, it appeared on all machines I was testing.

Can it be fixed somehow? In my scenario, I can not use net use cmd.

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I've got a machine running Windows 7 logged on the network domain but when I try to map a share to a machine on the network, but not registered on the domain I cannot connect (even though I have a local account on the networked machine).When attempting to connect Windows 7 prompts me for my connection credentials and it automatically fills in the domain name.  How can I connect to this network share using credentials that are local to that network share?

A:Logging in to Non-Domain Network Share from computer on Domain

When you say local credentials I assume you mean local on the "TestServer", not local on the Windows 7 box. Then you should be able to just type in TestServer\LocalAccount and the password (the domain you see should automatically switch to "TestServer")Also; have you tried mapping the drive using the IP address (i.e. \\xx.xx.xx.xx\TestShare)?

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I have a non-domain computer (win 10 basic).
Can it connect to a Aerohive wireless domain network?
Any links to a tutorial on the net?


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The situation that I'm facing is purely economical, to the tune of an extra $2,500 a year in support fees. Were an NPO that supports a particular city agency, so we do have a few perks.

HISTORY: We have a desktop computer that is tied into the municipal net. Tho we own the computer, city decided that they had to bring it up to their standards (or lower it as the case appears) since they would be providing support. The system was bought about 1-1/2 yrs ago, nothing fancy, Dell, Win XP (city's still on XP), Office 2007 Standard. The city took the machine to update it and what we got back was a system with Win XP and Office XP (2002). That's right, the one that's obsolete. For this we pay $2,500/yr which gets a backup server and access to a color laser printer. OK...that's not the complaint.

Last September, we purchased a laptop so we could expand our volunteer help. We figured if we could get the volunteers doing input on the laptop (wireless) then that would free up the desktop for other functions. Not to mention the fact that our closet of an office can't fit more than 2 people comfortably.

My initial thoughts were to setup a VPN and use the city's WIFI, at the location, to allow the desktop and laptop to communicate from anywhere in the building. Well they poo-pood that. Mostly I think they didn't understand it. Anyways, they suggested that we put in an A/B box and a wireless router (see image below). Their were concerned that when... Read more

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This one has me baffled and I hope you can help.  Here's the scenario: brand new freshly imaged Windows 7 Enterprise workstation; image built with MDT and Sysprep; machine initially in Workgroup.

The Task Scheduler service is set to "automatic" and is started and running as it should be. Add the machine to the domain; reboot; the Task Scheduler server is now in "manual", is not running, and any options to change anything are grayed
out. I can change the startup state to "automatic" by going into the registry but we can't have service desk people doing that. We need to have Task Scheduler set to "automatic" for so many reasons.

Here is what I have checked so far:  1. ran RSOP.msc and check if there is a GPO which is affecting the Task Scheduler service; there is not.  2. Checked any GPO's that might be running a script (logon, logoff, etc.); there doesn't seem to be anything
affecting Task Scheduler.

Does anybody have any ideas about this?  Have you ever seen Task Scheduler configured to "manual" after adding a machine to the domain?  When the freshly imaged machine is just sitting there in Workgroup, Task Scheduler is fine so I don't
think it is a problem with the image.

I've tried Googling this a lot but didn't find anything relevant.  Thanks if you can help.

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How to add domain names in Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit?

I am being asked to add domain name in the white list to get e-mail without any problem. Actually there was a suspension in e-mail news letter when I contacted the company I was told to add their domain name in the e-mail.

If it is e-mail I can add but I do not know how to add domain name. Please share your thought and oblige.

Thank you

PS* I am not asking about Windows Live mail

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