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An active directory domain controller for the domain could not be contacted

Q: An active directory domain controller for the domain could not be contacted

Hello everyone,

So on my work laptop yesterday i got disconnected from the network, and upon trying to reconnect i had internet access but no network access, ran through some diag, was able to ping my other work station, ip,dns and dg where all fine, checked for dns records issue, none found. so i removed it from the domain and tried re-adding it, and this is where the problem is no matter what i do i cannot add this laptop on the domain. i get full internet access on the network but no network access. i know the Dns server is functioning perfectly and cant be the issue, i have also flushed dns, rebuilt tcp/Ip stack and removed all lan and wlan profiles. i am also getting a certificate error when trying to access the network on wlan.

Using my local admin here are some print screens of first the issue when trying to add the laptop back to the domain, then Ping results to my DNS server .

after removing the machine from the domain it now no longer picking up the correct DNS server.

Would assigning a new DNS record resolve the issue???

he following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for domain "bareesc.bareescentuals.com":

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

The query was for the SRV record for

Common causes of this error include the following:

- The DNS SRV records required to locate a AD DC for the domain are not registered in DNS. These records are registered with a DNS server automatically when a AD DC is added to a domain. They are updated by the AD DC at set intervals.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : bareesc.bareescentuals.com
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) Ethernet Connection (3) I218-LM
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 68-F7-28-90-0A-57
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::99ba:785c:21f8:625e%13(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:50:39 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, August 25, 2015 5:50:38 PM
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 292091688
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1D-1F-92-36-68-F7-28-90-0A-57

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
Ping to correct DNS servers

Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=127

Its driving me crazy, !i ask about the DNS record fix as i dont have the current access to do it/test it myself!


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A: An active directory domain controller for the domain could not be contacted

Funny enough, we've found a handful of users on our network today unable to access local resources for the same reason!

Your DNS settings are being hijacked. They should point at your DC, but instead are pointed at a malicious DNS server hosted somewhere in Israel. Give your computer a good bath before letting play with the other children again.

We're currently in the process of mediation around here, too.

Hope that helps!

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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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We have a server set up with serval computers t. I formated a pc that was on the domain and now trying to attach it back to domain and i get the message.

Domain Contriller could not be contacted
I putted all the settings same as the other pc's..

i'm also getting the message " ip adress already in use. but i'm using the same ip as the pc had before i formated the pc. is this the reason that i get the message , Domain Contriller could not be contacted

i also can ping from the pc. to the server

Any Ideas?

thanks for the help

A:Problem:A domain controller for the domain could not by contacted

sorry i mean i also get the message " a duplicate name exist on the network"

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How can I set up a LAN without using Active Directory or Domain Controller on Windows Server 2003

A:LAN w/o Active Directory and Domain Controller

Don't run it in domain mode. If its in workgroup mode it won't use AD and your don't need resolution to DNS to it. If you run it in domain mode you have to do the whole shabang.

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Hello All,

I currently have two Windows 2000 server. One is in Chicago (Primary) and one is in San Francisco (secondary). From time to time the Active Directory will sync with the other in Chicago. Unfortunetly, there is time it does not.

My question is how can I MANUALLY sync the Active Directory database so I know for sure both directory database are the same.

Meanwhile, When I make any changes I need to do both machine and it defeat the purpose of having both servers when they are not syncing properly.

Any help appreciated. Thanks for looking.


A:Manually Sync Active Directory Domain Controller

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Hello everyone.

A while back before I knew better I gave a client of mine an active directory domain that ended in .org and did not exist on the internet at the time. Now, I'm discovering in the DNS event log at regular intervals errors about how the computers in the internal domain are unable to register in the DNS server of the web domain of the same name. So, my question is whether there is something I can do to change the Active Directory domain so that I don't get those errors anymore.
They're running Windows 2003 server standard with Active Directory, roaming profiles, routing and remote access for VPN, DHCP server, standard fileserver, and print server. I may have missed one or two things but likely I haven't. The server has itself as the primary DNS server though it's not the 127 address it's the actual IP. The secondary server is the router but I have the DHCP giving out the servers for opendns.com as options 3 and 4 after the Domain Controller and the router but I had the problem before adding the opendns.com entries.
Anyone know why the local DNS server is trying to register entries in the DNS server of the web domain? Anyone have any ideas on how I can go about fixing it?


P.S. if this is a question more appropriate for another area feel free to move it.

A:Oops! my active directory domain is the same as an actual web domain.


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Nevermind. . . I forgot to reset firewall settings in Norton 360.

We have a small network using Windows Server 2003. I'm having trouble setting up a new workstation, using Windows XP. It was finally working, then suddenly it cannot locate the domain controller and access our file server. In windows explorer, "My Network Places", it does not even see the server.

I've tried to check all settings I can think of and they are set the same as workstations that work just fine.

Problem seems to be the same whether I connect wired or wireless. No difference.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

A:Domain controller could not be contacted

This issue can occur because the Sysvol directory is not shared out on the domain controller.To verify that the Sysvol directory is shared out, type "net share" at command prompt to see if the Sysvol share is showing.

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I receive the error meassage, 'the active directory domain services is currently unavailable" when I go to find printer. please help

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Tribg to get my printer working from my Vista laptop through my XP base unit. I keep on getting the error message 'The active directory domain services is currently unavailable'

My laptop can see the printer, I have installed the drivers on the laptop, ticked all the boxes I can find and still no go.

How do I sort out this problem. Any ideas folks?



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I'm having problems connecting a printer to my laptop. The printer was working but when my laptop went away for repair it did not work on its return.

The printer works on my macbook and my PC running Vista however it will not run on the laptop running Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

I think it is something to do with the fact that my printer is on a network somewhere?? some how but I haven't a clue what to do.

When I try to add the printer using the add printer wizard it cannot locate the printer even though its switched on etc...

I haven't a clue why it won't work can someone try to help.

By the way I have tried downloading the drivers from the Epson website but when I press print it sends it to the print queue which then clears but no print!!!!

A:Active Directory Domain not available

is the laptop on a network or domain? it sounds like they either joined or removed your laptop from a domain.
How to tell:

Right click "Computer" and choose properties

you should see "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings"

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I have a Machine with windows 7 x64 pro which was connected to a domain controller that is dead and not available anymore.
I want to continue to use this computer standalone and keep all the software and configurations already installed, however i need to change my pass and i am not able to do it getting this msg : configuration
information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or because access is denied.
How can i solve this (change the pass or copy all the user settings to local) without the domain controller server?
thank you

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What we have:

A domain registered with hostgator.comMany AWS VMs and in office PCs each with different logon credentials
What we need:

To enable single sign on across all computers and VMs using Active Directory domain services.Be able to control user permmissions via ADNot have to manually change DNS settings when adding computers to the new domain I assume we have to make.
I started by making a new domain in a new forest on a new VM meant to be the new domain controller(hostgator domain=clearcapgroup.com and new domain=ClearCap.com).  I created records on hostgator to point requests for clearcap.com to the new domain
controller (ClearCap.com domain controller = dc1).  When I use the wizard to try and connect a computer to ClearCap.com via dc1, dc1 is detected but cannot be contacted.  

Is this even the proper way to achieve the end goal of single sign on across all PCs and AD services for users and groups?  Should I make a subdomain of clearcapgroup.com instead of a separate domain?  I am mildly experienced in networking, main
concentration is development usually, any help/advice/resources are appreciated!

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Trying to print to wireless Brother printer that was working perfectly, also lost communication with Ethernet connected HP laserjet. Get errors indicating "printer offline" and Netgear WIMDR3400v2 doesn't have a driver. These printers work from other computers on the LAN, and were working until recently. I think I installed a update to the Netgear Router, and that may have been the problem, but I do not know where to go now.

A:Active Directory Domain Service not currently available

Is the DNS set correctly? Check your IP settings (ipconfig). Did you lose any LAN functionality on that PC other than what you stated? Open network shares, Internet problems? How are you connected to the Netgear Router?

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Can someone assist me with this error?
Both Epson R260 Printers no longer communicate with either of our home business Pc. One with Xp and other Vista Os
Only recent install was PNY GeForce 210 Graphics Card on the Vista Pc.
Tried Microsoft Help, Epson, HP, and even Norton Symantec Help live remote. Plus I tried the below suggestions from another Tech Site. Still no solution.

Network set to PrivateNetwork discovery OnFile Sharing On

A:Active directory domain service is not available

Hello & welcome,

I have a couple of questions first: -
Which version of Norton do you have?Have you just updated the Norton software?Do you have Norton on both PC's?Is your system fully updated?What virus scans have you carried out?What has changed since it was last working?I hope you get the gist of what I am trying to get at, something has changed & I need your help to identify it.

Please post full details for your system, make, model & version of windows, home - premium & SP status etc. etc.

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How do I make the active directory domain services become available?? It says its unavailable....

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I am trying to add my Brother printer to my new laptop but I am getting the message that the "active directory domain is currently unavailable" when it does not recognize the printer that I have or list that as an available option.

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I have a dell inspiron 15 7559. Windows 10 OS.
I been trying to use my printer HP Envy 4520. I can confirm the printer works because the printer prints with other computers and is easily detected via usb connection.
I tried uninstalling Microsoft office and reinstalling, I tried restarting printer spool service (and it was by default automatic startup), I tried removing the printer and reinstalling the drivers from the official website.
I tried connecting via usb, bluetooth and direct. Perhaps I might've done something wrong.
I've been able to print with this laptop with the same printer in the past.
In the end, whether I use notepad or Microsoft Word or any program to print, the laptop does not detect the HP 4520. If I click add/find printer, the message "Active Domain Directory Services is not available" pops up.Sorry if I posted to the wrong forum, I am new to this. Thank you in advance.

A:Active Domain Directory Services is not available

Run services.msc from your start box.  Look for Print Spooler -- is that service running?  If it's not -- start it -- that should solve the problem.

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What does this mean as far as my printer not working in windows 7 64bit. I've down loaded the newest driver for my HP photosmart D5460 printer but I still can't print. I've tried many so called solutions but to no avail...Does anyone know what the problem is?


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I recently had to replace my hard drive. I reinstalled Office and Outlook on the hard drive. All the printer drivers were lost, even though I used Carbonite backup. When I try to get Word to recognize a downloaded printer driver under Find Printer, I get "Active Domain Directory Services currently unavailable," along with an obnoxious clanging sound. I don't know where to go from there. Any ideas?

A:Active Domain Directory Service Unavailable

Hello eaconnor,
Take a look at this post, it may help with your problem.

The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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Hi there!

OK, I don't believe this is possible, but I am looking for suggestions. Of course, as usual with my posts, this is pretty time sensitive, so I would prefer to not use a "policy" (too much red tape testing)...


There is one main Active Directory with Trees for various areas of the globe. So the forest is called ABC company and the Tree that belong to it are Lisbon, Paris, and New York.

I have a global security group in Paris that is in every users' pc local Admin group called Deskside support. This allows any member of this group in the Paris domain to have full admin rights when logging onto a user's computer.

I have another global security group in Lisbon that contains other IT people called Remote Support.

This is what I want to do...
I want to add Lisbon's Remote support global group to Paris' Deskside Support Global group, which in turn, although irrelevant, automatically gets populated into the user's local Administrator groups. Effectively nesting...

Question... How do I get Lisbon's group into the Paris group??? What are the steps to either do this or to another possible solution?


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My customer has a small business with 2 x HP Proliant ML110 G6 servers installed ith VMware ESX 4.1.

He has 7 Windows 7 64-bit workstations in a domain. He has a Windows 2003, 32-bit Domain Controller and 5 of the machines are in the domain. The other two are in a Workgroup and have DNS and DHCP on Windows 2003 Servers also 32-bit. All of these run as VMware Virtual Servers on the Proliants.

The workstations in the Domain are all Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Everything has been working well for almost 3 years. A few weeks ago, they setup an extra server but decided that the VMware Server that the DC was on, was running low on memory, so they Cloned the Windows 2003 DC to the other VMware server. They say that everything was fine until they discovered that the shared printers no longer worked and various other problems.

That was when I got involved. When I checked Control Panel --> System --> Advanced System Settings --> Computer Name, it shows the Full Computer name (plus domain), the Domain BUT...

The Network ID is greyed out but the Change Button is OK. If I click the Change Button, Member of Domain shows the domain name, but it's greyed out.

I shut down the cloned Domain Controller and started up the original one, but this didn't make any difference.

I tried taking one of the workstations out of the domain, but when I tried to put it back, the Domain stayed greyed out, so no way to put it back in. Netdom is also missing from all the workstations.

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A:A really strange error with Active Directory Domain.

First you should never Clone a DC, to make a new DC, you install Windows Server and then run DCPRomo the new one. Then if you don't want the original, you run DCpromo to stop it from becoming a DC.

On a DC, I would expect some Domain settings to be greyed out as they cannot be changed once a server is a domain controller. The only way to to get at some of the settings is to reboot the server into safe mode (or Directory Services Recovery mode) by pressing F8 when it boots.

Have you had a look at the Event Viewer console esp DFS, DNS and Directory SErvices logs to see what it is complaining about?

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I have an active directory domain on my home lab. lets say its called example.local. If i wanted to set up an exchange server, how does my example.local name relate to email addresses? Lets say I wanted all email addresses to have @example.com instead of example.local. How is this done? I've Googled with no luck because i think my terminology is bad.

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i have recently upgraded our network to win2000 without to many problems, i have only just got round to setting up our new bdc ( i know it is no longer called this) anyway I installed win2k on my new machine and it all went fine until i got to the active directory set up
i have chose to set up a child domain within the primary domain, i assume that is how i need to do it, its all a bit new to me this active directory
it all goes lovely until it starts processing the request
i am getting the following error
Active directory failed
The operation failed because:
The directory service failed to create the object
Please check the event lod for possible system errors
"An attempt was made to add an object to the directory with a name already in use"

it appears to me that its trying to add the domain name again, but i dont know why, i am simply following the instructions of the wizard.
i have spent ages going through help files and the ms website, but i still cant see why it isnt working
do i need to set up anything on the primary server before hand?
can anyone shed any light
this is so frustrating, i have followed the instructions all the way through the whole installation

A:active directory child domain problem

sorted now
i re-installed win 2000 server and this time i got a different option at the start of the active directory wizard asking if i wanted the server to be a additional domain controler or a domain controller on a new domain.
I never received this screen before, anyways everythings now cool

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Hi, I'm new to these forms, my name is Kcaz.

Today I was trying to add wireless printers to my computer (Toshiba running Windows 7 64 bit). At home, I have one wireless printer (Cannon) which works fine. To install that i think I downloaded the drivers from a CD.

Now I was trying to download the drivers for the printers at school. They are all connected through the main internet network. I've seen people (mac) download the drivers wirelessly, and I wanted to do the same. So in Microsoft Word 2007, when I press print, then in the window "Find Printer" an error comes up that says "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable". It doesn't matter where I try it, home or school, i guess the problem is within the computer.

I tried to google this, but the responses are all about how people can't print, or another related, but not relevant problem.

Is there anyway to fix this?

A:The Active Directory Domain Services -error

Sounds like the computer it not set up to print. As in not connected to the print network.


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I have 2 computers on a wireles network with an HP J5780 printer attached to one of them. It's been working fine, but I'm suddenly unable to print from MS Office applications on the non-connected system, though I can from Windows, IE, etc. I'm getting the above error message and have tried the solution provided in the previous string, to no avail....help!

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I need some peeps opinions on this...

Our company belongs to parent company and our domain is part of an AD forest. We now need to remove our domain from the forest so we have a separate forest of our own.

Does anyone know if this is easy to do? Any experience doing this? Would appreciate your views.

Many thanks,


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My HP Photosmart C7280 All-in-One printer is no longer printing unless I print a test page from within the HP software. I get the following message "The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable"

I have completely uninstalled the printer, downloaded new HP software and reinstalled the printer. I am able to scan to my PC. My other printer is fine.

Any ideas?


A:The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable

Is the 7280 selected as your default printer?

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i have try almost each and every solution available on google but still my problem is not solved.

done with below mention fix
Basic Printer Troubleshooting
Active Directory Domain Permission Using Notepad
Active Directory Problem through Restart Print Spooler Service

but no solution.


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Hi - Fixing my elderly father's W7/64 desktop. Attempting to print form MS Word to an HP3390 does not give any errors but does not print, either. Attempting to "find printer" from MS Word gives "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable." I went to services.msc to turn on that service but it does not appear in the list. Driver for the printer is already included in Windows 7, according to the HP support site. Printer is USB connected directly to the computer.

BTW Computer is running MW Word 2003 if that makes any difference.

Any ideas/advice? Thanks!

A:The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable

Try this?
The above notwithstanding, I just went through all the same hoops here - in my case trying to get my laptop to hook up with the HP printer attached via USB to a desktop on the network. Inevitably with HP printers, I went to hell and back trying to install it, and just at just about the point where I was ready to attempt to fling the printer over the horizon - it inexplicably connected and printed just fine.

I think at some point I have been there with almost every printer I have ever owned. Why you can perform the same operation 19 times and get a different result on the 20th ... I have no idea.

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I have a Canon PIXMA MX700 All-in-One Printer that no longer is working since I connected to new PC with Windows 7 (64-bit). I can locate the printer but the computer will not recognize it when trying to use it.
When I go to print it shows ?No printers installed?. So I click on ?Add printer? and got Error Message: ?The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable". Then I went to the Canon website and asked for help. They emailed back: ?Please try the following to resolve the issue:
1. Click Start.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. Click System and Security.
4. Click Administrative Tools.
5. Click Services.
6. Right click the Active Directory Domain service and click Start or Restart.?
But when I got to ?Click Services?, there was no ?Active Directory Domain service?. I searched my computer for this and it does not exist. Canon said to contact Microsoft to resolve this problem before I could install my printer.
So, what is ?Active Directory Domain service?? Why isn?t it on my computer? And how do I get it?

A:Active Directory Domain service missing

Worth a look, http://www.chicagotech.net/netforums/viewtopic.php?p=3875#3875 .




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Hi All,

I have a Brother HL-2142 printer hooked up to my Windows 10 pro desktop. It does not matter what program I try to print from, the printer is always offline.

I have tried to add another printer but all I get is this message. "the active directory domain services is currently unavailable windows 10"

I've done a lot of research and tried several things, even downloaded a new driver, but I can't print anything.

Any thoughts?



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I have a Vista computer networked to an XP computer that is physically connected to a Samsung printer. I have been printing fine for 8 months now. Suddenly I am getting this error message when I try to print from the Vista computer. The Vista computer sees the Samsung just fine. The Vista computer is able to connect to the XP computer and save a word document to the XP and then print. It just can no longer send an item to print across the network anymore. Like I said, it had been printing fine. How can I make the "Active Directory Domain Service" available again?

Thank you,

A:Active Directory Domain Services suddenly unavailble

Try un-sharing the printer on the XP and then re-enabling the shared printer.

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Earlier today I was sending a message to a friend and suddenly this error popped up "The active directory domain services is currently unavailable", is this normal? Also, what caused it? I think I might have accidentally pressed one of Windows' shortcuts but which one is it?


A:"The active directory domain services is currently unavailable" - Error

What is your configuration? Are you on a network or using VPN into a network?
Keep us posted

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Desktop PC has Epson printer USB connected. Worked fine in W7. Upgraded to W10, and printer does not work - gives message "Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailable ". Connecting to HP laptop bought with W10 it works fine. Long chat session with MS Tech who tried various things on my PC did not solve a thing. Hate to carry laptop to printer or printer to laptop all the time, plus desktop had old software not installed (and unavailable now) on laptop. Help!! I could of course use Open Office word or excel, convert all files and transfer via flash drive to laptop - what a chore!!

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I just setup a Windows Server 2003 server (Hostname MS01), including Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP. The server is on a private LAN, no other domain controllers, DNS servers, etc are present.

The private LAN includes VMware guest OSs, Windows 2000 Adv Server servers, and Windows Server 2003 Servers.

The Windows 2000 Adv Server servers join the new domain hosted by MS01, no problem.

The Windows Server 2003 systems cannot join the domain. The following message is returned:

The following error occurred attempting to join the domain ...
The specified server cannot perform the requested operation

They can resolve to the domain name, but the domain basically is refusing them from joining.

All servers have the same administrator login/password.

All servers can resolve hostnames through the DNS server.

Any ideas?

Jack Loganbill

A:Cannot Join Win Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

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Purchased my Dell Studio 1749 laptop on Mon. and trying to add my printer/copier at my office. when I go to the print page in Word 2007 there is an Find Printer button. I've used this feature before to install printers. but, when I click on the button I get this error message - Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailalbe.

Thanks for any help


A:active directory domain services is currently unavailable error

Quote: Originally Posted by toddjoslin

Purchased my Dell Studio 1749 laptop on Mon. and trying to add my printer/copier at my office. when I go to the print page in Word 2007 there is an Find Printer button. I've used this feature before to install printers. but, when I click on the button I get this error message - Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailalbe.

Thanks for any help


Are you on a network with a domain controller? Did you try and setup a domain or a workgroup?

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I have windows 8.1 no printer- active directory domain services is unavailable

A:no printer- active directory domain services is unavailable

>>no printer- active directory domain services is unavailable
Before going further, would you please elaborate under what circumstances this happened? Did the printer previously work properly? At this moment, we can follow the reply provided by Leo Huang to troubleshoot this issue.
Can't print. Error message: Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable
Best regards,
Frank Shen

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Hi all,
I am currently helping my company prototype automated Windows installation via network. I am using Server 2008r2 and Windows Deployment Services with Windows 7 as the
OS being installed on the client computer. Everything works fine EXCEPT joining the client PC to the domain. DNS is configured correctly, client computer is already prestaged in Active Directory Computers as the user "Client1" with a password of
"password". I have posted my unattend xml file and the relevant section of the Panther/UnattendGC setupact.log and setuperr.log files. 
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: Begin
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: Loading input parameters...
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: AccountData = [NULL]
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: UnsecureJoin = [NULL]
2017-06-29 0... Read more

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Running Vista Home Prem on Compaq notebook with Office 2007. Connected to HP C-4180 printer with NO networking.
Until today there have been no problems. Today when trying to print from either Word or Excel I get "The Active Directory Domain services is currently unavailable" message. From all non-Office programs I can print without problem. I am a dumb user who needs to send out billing backup data so I would appreciate help, especially if it is either not couched in tech terms or is a step by step "instruction".

A:Solved: Active Directory Domain service curently unavailable

Try adding the printer using administrator-level privileges:
Go into Control Panel and select Printers
Delete your HP C-4180 printer you currently have added
On the left side of the window, there should be a folder tree. Find 'Printers' in the tree (it should already be highlighted since you are currently viewing that folder), right click on it, select Run as Administrator, then select Add Printer from the submenu that opens up.
Go through the process of adding the printer again


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active directory domain service unavailable - Cant get printer to work

My printer worked fine previously, then suddenly it failed to print, cant add as hardware, tried reinstalling driver and told cant get info from server...

this is as simple wired networked printer...a Samsung ML2580N

Any help would be appreciated...

only thing I added recently was VMware player, which may or may not have been responsible for my audio to stop working ( which is now fixed )

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Hello, I am trying to print over the network. I can send test pages, print using adobe, and see the printer I am connected to with the find new printer wizard.

But for some reason, when I print with MS Office, the printer does not show up in the list, and when I try to find the printer through MS Office, I get an error saying the Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable.

Can anyone help? I'm running windows 7. Thanks.


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I just installed a network printer, KodakESP9200+0058. It works for Word and Notepad, but not with Excel. When I try to print on Excel, the name of the printer is not listed. When I click on "Find Printers", I receive a "Find in the Directory" message of "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable." Can anyone help?

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OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6110 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 462621 MB, Free - 331507 MB; D: Total - 14314 MB, Free - 2177 MB;
Motherboard: Compal, 30F4
Antivirus: Norton Security Suite, Updated and Enabled

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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.


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When ever I run "DCPROMO" and go through the active dirctory for domain wizard it locks up after is asks me for the domain name. It will just sit and and go into not responding. Ocasionaly when I flush the DNS in the command prompt it lets me by and doent lock but that does not work all the time. If anyone knows why this occurs and has a remedy for this issue please post. Thanx


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HP 3015 All-in-One has worked fine for years, plugged into wife's PC. Yesterday it stopped communicating and the error message; "Active Directory Domain Services unavailable" is cryptic. This error is discussed in various internet fora but no solution found is pertinent to my problem.

Printer prints a test page from itself - i.e. machine is apparently functional
uninstalled and reinstalled printer. After re-install there are issues and the troubleshooter fixes them and sets printer as default. It still does not respond to PC calls, which appear in the queue with Error.
Windows up to date with SP1.
No new driver available from HP.

A:Active Directory Domain Services unavailable - print error

have you tried installing the printer driver through windows update (if available?)

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I would be grateful for any help the forum may have with a knotty problem. Win 7 64 bit, Thinkpad W510. Canon MX700 printer on the home office network. Printer working fine for several years with both the laptop and the Win7 64 desktop, no problems with
any function, print, fax scan. The Canon software created a dedicated network port, on both desktop and laptop, "Canon BJ Network Port", number as CNBJNP_(followed by the MAC address, colons removed).

Suddenly the laptop cannot print anything, from Office, Notepad, web page nothing. Ran a test page, came back fine, "you have correctly installed your printer". Anything I try to print, error message "Printer not responding". Did a communication
check and got this message: "The Active Directory Domain Services is unavailable". (Printer is working fine with desktop PC FYI). I checked everything suggested in forums, Print Spooler (fine- on automatic and running everytime I check). Network
functionality is fine between the Thinkpad, router and desktop PC, no problem accessing internet, transferring files to/from desktop etc. MS Support level 1 tech tried what he could find in his database, uninstalled printer, uninstalled Norton, deleted drivers
(I think), reinstalled. Now the Canon installation software sees the printer but cannot create the network port and installation stalls.
In other forums I see many people with this problem but no definitive solution. I would be very gratefu... Read more

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