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how to change password with Domain controller not available anymore : configuration information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or because access is denied

Q: how to change password with Domain controller not available anymore : configuration information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or because access is denied

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
vitor

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Hi,
We are running our Domain Controller and Active Directory in the cloud. All our users use their AD account to log onto their computers and this has been working fine for the last few years. Today an employee needed to change their password and for some reason
they get the error: "Configuration information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or because access is denied".
After trying it several times, always with the same result, I checked to make sure that the DC/AD was available. After that, I manually entered the DNS of our DC to make sure that it wasn't just a network error. That didn't change anything though. Then I
used my account to log onto his machine and I was able to change my password with no problem. That made me think that this must be an issue with his account but when I checked it, the permissions were all set correct.

After researching this error online and finding no helpful answer that explains why this is happening and how to fix it I'm stuck. Does anybody know why this is happening? And does someone know how to fix this?
With kind regards,
C. Zerbe

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I had a user today whom i was assisting with domain password change.
Machine was on corporate domain.
Machine was connected to corporate network via LAN connection
Machine was connected to corporate network via corporate WiFi network same time
Pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL password change will not work.
Had user change password via corporate online system.
Now machine would not unlock with new password would still unlock using old password.
Confirmed user logged onto machine with domain account.
I disconnected LAN and was able to lock/unlock Windows with new domain password while system was connected to corporate WiFi network.

What would cause this issue? How to troubleshoot such issues to find out root cause?

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I have an NT 4 SP6/Win98 network setup with 2 subnets connected via a fractional T1 and Cisco router. The PDC is on our Corporate subnet, the BDC is located at a branch office.

When I try to logon from a Win98 box at the branch office, I occasionally get a message "your domain password is incorrect or access to the domain controller has been denied". The password IS correct, and it happens from all the PCs when this occurs. If I wait for 5 or so minutes, I can log in fine. This happens intermittantly several times a day.

I had 2 NICS in the BDC, but disabled one of them because it was causing me DHCP renewal problems.

Anybody have an idea of what could be causing this, or how I can track which domain controller the Win98 box is trying to authenticate through?

There are no Event Log messages pertaining to any problems, so I am kinda stumped. It also looks like I'm getting DHCP renewal OK, even when it won't let me log onto the domain.
Thanks for any help/suggestions!
 

A:Access to domain controller denied

Hi shannon this sounds like you may not be getting name resolution. if you're using WINS servers then the link may not be quick enough to get name resolution for the PDC. We have had similar problems and had to have the PDC and BDC IP addresses in the LMHost file on the win98 / client PC.
 

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We have a win 7 PC that has the password set to expire every 42 days (be design set in gpedit.msc). The user logs in and is presented with the "you must change password" screen. They enter a password and get this.  "configuration
information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or because access is denied" 
  It is a WORKGROUP pc not a member of a domain but unsure if it every was. I changed the password using the administrator account and set the password that way without issue but the user stated that this was not the first time they had this issue.
I deleted the GPO settings (https://www.404techsupport.com/2014/04/script-clear-cached-group-policies/) and changed it to WORKGROUP1 in an attempt to reinforce the
non-domain status and no change. User is not restricted from changing their own password. User is not the admin.

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Router is an Archer TP-LINK 5400 and it holds the large several terabyte share using USB 3.  The ability to give the domain users access is limited by the RPC availability and creating a share is dependendt on RPC.  The domain error is a Samba
error.  Windows 1709 and above seems to have created the issue.   It hasn't been an issue in the past.
Help?  If there was a way to map the Samba Share permanently without cloning the huge drive - in other words, make the share work like a share?   Users are very frustrated.



R, J

A:Windows domain controller RPC unavailable and specified network name is no longer available

Here is a different method that I have noticed now that I did not earlier.R, J

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Hi guyz,

I wanted to know about the Domain controller I mean what are sites, forest etc. More over I see in the administrative tools different things like Active Directory Site and Services, Active Directory Domain and trust, Domain Controller Security Policy, Domain Security Policy, clusters.

I have worked with group policy on domain controller for disabling USB drives and some other registry key auditing through Domain controller but I am not satisfied with that and also I do not want to go into theory things. Can you provide me any good reading like case study which will clear my concepts about all these things?? In fact I have configured one DC myself for testing purpose but I was just doing hit and trial and similarly I completed the installation of the DNS for that Domain Controller. But I am not satisfied and neither my mind is clear about these things so please suggest
 

A:Information about Domain Controller 2003

I would go to Amazon.com and query for book titles like "Adminstrating Windows 2003 Server" or "Windows 2003" etc. Amazon is one of the largest online bookstores and they deliver to everywhere.
 

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Is there an official explanation of this attached DC on VMWare warning message?
The domain controller admins i am working with cannot risk installing the lightweight gateway agent if it will cause stability or performance issues, even on a test system.

I am thinking it may be related to the dynamic memory issue, but there is no way to know exactly what this message is referring to, the link does not give a clear answer.

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I've got to set up a new domain controller for a remote site here and was wondering if anybody knows of any pitfalls of setting it up here as another domain controller and then later just changing it's ip to the subnet of the remote site and moving it in site configuration?

It's a 2003 Active Directory.
 

A:Domain Controller change of ip and site?

I have heard (but not seen, admittedly...) that you can change domains, sites and probably trees (can anyone confirm this?).

The best bet (that I know does work) is to demote your DC to a member server, then re-promote it to a DC through dcpromo.exe on your Windows Server CD. I don't know if it has a copy on your hard drive or not.

This is MCSE territory. It'd probably be best to wait for more knowledgable folk to respond.

In the meantime, a handy little website I know of is this: http://www.petri.co.il/. It was a handy resource to have during my studies at TAFE here in Oz (I suppose it would be the equivalent of a community college) doing Network Management. Hope it helps.
 

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I am trying to add a win 7 pro pc to a domain and I get this error " an attempt to resolve the DNS name of a domain controller in the domain being joined has failed"
I am running win server 2003 can anyone help?

A:error an attempt to resolve the DNS name of a domain controller in the domain being joined has failed

Ok I got it to work I put in the DNSserver address agine same as I did yesterday ( I must have put it in 3 or 4 times) and it din''t work I did it agine today and it worked the frist time. Thank you every one for your help
 
Derrick

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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

ENTER THE USER NAME AND PASSWORD OF AN ACCOUNT WITH SUFFFICIENT PREVILAGE TO CREATE AN ADDITIONA DOMAIN CONTROLLER .

But the user name has full permission he is administrator

please help me
 

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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
_ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.bareesc.bareescentuals.com

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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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I've been trying to join a new Windows 7 Professional machine to a domain controller running Windows 2003 Server with no luck.  We currently have 4 Windows XP machines running on that domain without any issues, but when I try to add the Windows 7 computer,
here is what happens:

A computer account on the domain could not be found (confirmed it is already there)
I put in the computer name and domain again, and Administrator credentialsNow it tells me: "An attempt to resolve the DNS name of a DC in the domain being joined has failed."
I currently have DNS on the Windows 7 PC set to the Domain Controller and have IPv6 unchecked under Network Properties.  I can even ping the domain name (resolves to IP of the domain controller).  It looks like it can, indeed, find the domain from
the message in step 1, so am I missing something here?
Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Cannot join Windows 7 to domain even after setting DNS to domain controller IP

Hi,
You need flush your DNS cache in client side first.
Then, let?s create the following registry value for a try:
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManWorkstation\Parameters
 
 - Created a DWORD DomainCompatibilityMode = 1
 - Created a DWORD DNSNameResolutionRequired = 0
Reboot the machine and check the result again.Alex Zhao
TechNet Community Support

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I have an employee that gets this upon every boot on his assigned laptop. I have utterly no idea what it means or how to correct it. Help needed please.
 

A:Error: Domain controller could not be found for the specified domain.

Check the machine account. You might also delete it and recreate it. This may require a domain admin to rejoin the machine to the domain.
 

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Hello everyone. I really hope that you can help me. You are my last hope.

I maintain about 30 domain computers. Recently when users try to log in on most of them the following error appears frequently:

"Windows cannot connect to the domain, either because the domain controller is down or otherwise unavailable, or because your computer account was not found. Please try again later. if the message continues to appear, contact your system administrator for assistance."

I have seen that this error appears only in the computers with Windows XP and not in the computers with Windows Vista or 7. We have 2 domain controllers.

Please let me tell you about the ways I tried to resolve this problem and their results:

- on some computers, after several restarts the users are able to log in, but if they restart or shutdown after that the error appears again; this worked for some computers, but I do not know if the error will appear again in the future.
- on some computers, when i disabled the windows firewall or allowed all kind of ICMPs it was resolved, but this did not work for all the computers and I do not know if the error will appear again in the future.
- I unjoined and then rejoined some computers from the domain and it was resolved but after restarting the error appears again.
- If I unplug the network cable the users can log in but after restart the error appears again.
- I have tried to reset the user password and computer on the Active Directory for some users and... Read more

A:windows cannot connect to the domain, either because the domain controller is down...

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Hello,

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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Windows
2012 

IP settings           172.17.2.36

Subnet mask       255.255.0.0

Gatevay                 172.17.2.1

DNS                       8.8.8.8

                           
     

Windows 7

Obtain
IP address automatically  

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DNS
                       8.8.8.8

 
                                

The
error code reads 

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

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

"dalek.local
".

 

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

(error
code 0x000005b4 ERROR_TIMEOUT)

 

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

the
DNS server used  by this com... Read more

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Hello everyone,

We are running into a somewhat peculiar issue that I have been unable to find any information about and I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction.



Several of our Windows 7 laptops (We're working on moving to W10) have become unable to change the password for a domain account from the Change a Password screen after hitting CTRL ALT DEL. Usually when someone would select to change their password,
it would take them to the text boxes with the domain\username pre-populated, I'm sure you are familiar.

Recently, when following the same steps, an account selection screen comes up with the option to use a smart card or simply type in the username. While we are working on implementing smart cards, they are not yet in use and in fact should not even
show any options for them yet. After opting to type in a user account, rather than populating the username field with domain\username, the field remains blank with grey text saying "provider\user name" instead. If the user types in their domain\username
and attempts to change the password, they get a generic error stating it is unable to change the password.



Users are still able to use a co-workers machine to change their password from the same screen by substituting the username. Most of the affected machines are from users that work in the same team, even though those same users can change their passwords
elsewhere just fine. It appears to be isolated to specific ... Read more

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Hi all - I have a problem with my domain.

I have 1 domain "europe1" with the PDC in the UK.
I have 2 bdc's for europe1 in the a location in france.

europe1 is the accounts domain and is trusted by lots of resource domains.

The problem is this : Open user manager for domains on either one of the BDC's, it tries to retrive the list of users but gives the error "cannot find a domain controller for this domain".
If I try to retrieve a list of users from any one of the trusting domains it works no problem.

As a test we built a new bdc and it worked with no problems.

Any idea's what is wrong with our original BDC's ??

Thanks in advance
 

A:Cannot find domain controller for this domain

Have you done the standard what I term Microsoft solutions.

Reapply service pack the BDC's
Apply the latest Network card driver and reapply the service pack.

Only other thing I can think to check is can the BDC's resolve the PDC computer name.

Hope this is some what helpful.

Scott
 

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When I logon to our network I get "Domain controller for this domain could not be found:. The event viewer records event ID 5719 in the system log:
No Windows NT Domain Controller is available for domain PGMS_LAW. (This event is expected and can be ignored when booting with the 'No Net' Hardware Profile.) The following error occurred:
The RPC server is unavailable.
According to MS support the way to resolve this is to disable LMHOSTS lookup box. This was not enable on any machines and now I'm stuck. Does anyone have any ideas?
 

A:Domain controller for this domain could not be found

Simplest thing to try is remove it from the domain (make sure you have a local account with admin rights FIRST). Then re-add it to the domain.
Can you see/use network resources otherwise? Are the lights on on the NIC? Have you tried a different cable/network port?
Maybe remove/re-add the NIC. Check all the properties, correct IP/subnet/gateway/etc.......
 

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When connecting to the internet, I get this message every so often even though the password is correct. It's not stopping me from getting online, because I just try again a few seconds later and it works. I'm concerned it may be evidence of something malicious though. Might this be the case?
 

A:Access denied because username or password is invalid for this domain

Do you normally have to provide username and password to connect to the internet? Are you in a business setting where there is a domain server?
 

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hi i have an old assembled PC running on windows xp sp2 . i have been getting the above mentioned problem for the past couple of weeks. the system does connect and i am able to work , but the connection keeps going on and off and sometimes there is this message "Access denied because username or password is invalid for this domain"

this is a home pc connected to a dial up modem
 

A:Access denied because username or password is invalid for this domain

What domain is it a member of? Are you connected to work?
 

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I received a new laptop at work to install Windows 10 Pro on. It previously had Windows 8 Home but I did a clean install of Windows 10 and upgraded it to Pro using a valid key. The issue I'm facing now is that when I try to login, I get the "Password is incorrect issue" many times trying to login with a domain controller user account. I've searched and have found no answers. Does anyone know what could be causing this problem? I'm currently on Build14393.

I assume the upgrade to Pro, which simply installed the 'Pro' features on top of the Windows 10 Home upgrade, didn't fully install the domain functions? There was no option for me to do a clean install of Windows Pro from USB. I'm just throwing that out there just in case.

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I'll be adding a new Domain Controller to our network this evening. It's not currently connected to anything right now, so I need to know if I actually have to join the machine to the domain, or can I just plug it in and bring it up as a new DC on the domain? In other words, do I have to go through the process of going in to Active Directory on the existing DC and actually adding a new computer to the domain and then bring it up as a DC, or does it automatically join when I make it a DC on the network?

Steph
IT Intern
 

A:New Domain Controller

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Ok here is my situation, I have 2 pc's running Win 2000 and a third running 2000 server, how do I get the 2 machines to join into the domain.....I installed AD and now have a domain called "something.local." does this make sense to anyone? also I am behind a linky router and have given my 2 pc's a static ip of "192.168.x.x" do I have to run a DHCP server on the 2000 server machine? I am completly lost and could use some help....I know Active Directory is not for the timid, maybe I bit off more than I can chew!!!
 

A:Domain Controller

You do not have to run DHCP from your server. You could run it from your router, or not at all. The key to getting your Win2k machines onto the domain is that you must build Domain User accounts on your server for them. This server must be configured as a Domain Controller. They must then change their Network Identification to join the Domain and log into the Domain Controller (your server) using the accounts that you have built for them under the Active Directory Groups and Computers area. (Start-->Programs-->Administrative Tools-->Active Directory Users and Computers.

When you boot your Win2k clients, be sure when the logon screen appears, that you use the drop-down box to select your domain not the local computer.

I use my Win 2k server as a Domain Controller and a file/backup server which I have found the most useful role for my small home network.

Hope this helps--

Telepro
 

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Having trouble accessing Active Directory users/computers it times out and says it cannot connect to the domain controller and when I boot up takes forever and on the internet it takes minutes to switch screens.

Using XP Pro and Windows Server 2003. This is happenning on the admin PC. Thanks

A:Domain Controller

Hello & welcome to TSF,

you need to do this to both systems


do you have a Windows Xp cd, not the restore cd's that come with some systems, the cd will have the Windows logo & 3D hollowgram/image on it

if you do not maybe you can barrow one from a friend/family member/co-worker as long as it is the same version that is on your system

if you have (Windows XP Home Ed. sp2 ) then the cd will have to be that / if you have a cd with (Windows XP Home Ed. )you will have to slipstream (SP2 ) onto a disk that you create
this also applies for (SP3)

this also applies to (Windows XP Professsional )

http://www.helpwithwindows.com/Windo...p2-bootcd.html

now if you do have the Windows XP cd with sp2 please follow these steps

--------------------------------------------

performing a (sfc) system file checker

It is a scan that checks the core files & dlls of the (os) operating system and replaces them if they are corrupt or missing with the correct original version

start

#1 then select (run) , then press enter
a window will open
#2 type in ( cmd ) then press enter
another window will open
#3 type in ( sfc )then press enter
another window will open
#4 type in (sfc /purgecache) then enter / your pc will work like crazy / this helps in rebuiding the cache file (notice the space between (sfc & /)
#5 type in (sfc /scannow ) then press enter ( notice the space between the (sfc & / )

now a scan will start , have your... Read more

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How do I run a domain network?
 

A:Domain controller?

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We have over 110 laptop users all logging on using cached domain login information.

Recently I've had a couple ring up saying that they can't log on to their laptops remotely as they get a message saying the domain controller is not available so all I've been able to do is get them to drive all the way on to our Head Office so i can reconnect their computer on to the domain and then get them to log on and then off the domain to create a cache of their logon details.

Any ideas the previous cached information has not allowed them to log on?

I'm guessing it has become corrupt but not sure how.

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Ok here is my situation, I have 2 pc's running Win 2000 and a third running 2000 server, how do I get the 2 machines to join into the domain.....I installed AD and now have a domain called "something.local." does this make sense to anyone? also I am behind a linky router and have given my 2 pc's a static ip of "192.168.x.x" do I have to run a DHCP server on the 2000 server machine? I am completly lost and could use some help....I know Active Directory is not for the timid, maybe I bit off more than I can chew!!!
 

A:Domain Controller

In control panel, open system, under identification, change it, and add the domain name, apply, and you'll get a message as to whether it was sucessful or not.
 

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how many domain controller can be added in windows server 2003
 

A:domain controller

You will need at least one per domain.
 

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Hi All,

Ran into a really odd issue today. A system that has been on the domain for longer then I have been with the company suddenly will not allow access to any domain locations on a specific profile(Ned). If I log in with my AD profile, everything works normally.
If the profile that will NOT work on that computer logs into any other computer, it works normally. From what I can see, the problem only occurs when "Ned" logs into his system.

Verified the tcp/ip settings Removed the system from domain and added it back in
I am about to create a new profile for Ned to resolve this but would rather not if possible.

Please help!

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Hi everyone,

This error message is driving me crazy... Please help?

Userenv - " Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your
computer network. (An unexpected network error occurred. ). Group Policy processing aborted. "

I have tried everything I can think of, and I'm going out of my mind...
Thanks!
--Scott

A:Domain Controller error

Is this error coming from the Event Viewer of your DC?

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Hi all,
I'm having an issue getting a domain controller seeing the internet modem/router box.
The network is laid out as such: internet > modem/router > domain controller > rest of network.
If I connect a computer directly to the modem/router, it works fine. When I connect the DC to it, it doesn't seem to see it.
The default gateway matches so I can't figure out what's going on.

heres the IP details for the machine that's connected directly and working:
IP: 192.168.1.64
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: 192.168.1.254

and for the domain controller:
IP: 192.168.1.35
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway:192.168.1.254

Any help would really be appreciated.

Cheers.
 

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An old client called me and he's still running a system I set up for him over a decade ago running an NT server. For some reason his network went down. When I looked it said "domain controller not found. What happened? I noticed that his HD only had around 600MB left. Could that be it? No room to load and swap out etc.?

Also event viewer says there is a bad block on the HD. maybe that?

Thanks,

Bernie
 

A:NTt domain controller not found (yup!)

Did you check to see that WINS is running and the workstations are set up to connect to it? Have you checked to see that the workstations can do name lookups?
 

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The title says it all. Can Windows 7 Professional be modified to run as a domain controller and use Active Directory? If so please point the way to a tutorial if you know of one. Thank you.

A:Can Win 7 Pro be modified to run as a domain controller and use A.D?

No. If it could Microsoft would be on you faster then Winnie-the-pooh stalking a jar of honey.
The only way you are going to have a domain controller is by using Windows Server.

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I have two servers running NT 4.0 the problem is that the backup domain controller cannot log on to the primary domain controller. I've tried setting trust relationships and I get the "this server is already on the Domain" message.
 

A:Domain Controller Situation

If you have a Primary and Backup domain controllers in the same domain there is no need to set up a trust.

Trusts are used to define relationships between two seperate domains.

Can you explain in more detail what you are trying to do when you say

"the backup domain controller cannot log on to the primary domain controller"

Cheers

Craig
 

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This is kind of complicated. I have a client who runs a Windows 2003 terminal services network. Their network was hacked and used as a spam relay and all the passwords were changed so they can't access their network. I managed to hack the pwds on the servers, but whoever hacked in changed all kind of permissions etc, on the domain controller machine, so even logged in as administrator (which it says I am) I don't have full admin rights.

I can log in using directory services, but the active service directory is off limits. I did some checking and noticed that the domain is listed as "unknown." When I try to change it to the proper domain, it is greyed out so I can't change the domain.

What could they have done and how can I fix this? Their main IT guy is away and I talked to him and he would like to look for other solutions before having to reinstall the OS.

I should mention that I have very limited experience with terminal service networks, so maybe it's something I'm just missing.

Thanks,

Bernie
 

A:Domain controller hacked

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Hey, I have been trying to get my Gpmc.msc to work latley. After installing SP1 and all sorts of other stuff I get told i need to be a Domain Controller. So, I try to install my domain services then i get this,

Can sombody please tell me how to install this thing. I dont have a network of linked computers but i need to install this anyway. Any suggestions?

Thanks

A:Need to make myself Domain Controller

Why in the world would you need to enable AD services?

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Exactly what do we mean when we hear/use the term "Domain Controller"? What sort of services run Exactly what do we mean when we hear/use the term "Domain Controller"? What sort of services run on the server that is designated as the Domain Controller? Is this the server on which DHCP and DNS and maybe some other services also run? What are the minimum specs for a Domain Controller server for say 30 - 50 users and would the standard version of Windows 2003 be sufficient for this?

Can we have more than 1 servers in an organization but only 1 of those designated as the domain controller? And last question: Can we have MS-Exchange running on the domain controller?

I know I have asked many questions in 1 post but will be grateful for a reply.

Thanks.
 

A:Trying to understand a Domain Controller

Let me google that for you: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Server+Domain+Controller

Google is your friend
 

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Hi,

This is my first post here so I hope it's in the most appropriate area.

I was hoping that someone could answer this question for me.

I'm working on an NT4.0 domain controller and I need to know how to add more than eight workstations to a user account in the "Logon To" dialog.

As deault you can only assign a user account to eight workstations. I'm sure there must be a tweak for this, and most probably in the registry.

Basically I need to create an account that allows my admin guys to administer workstations but not have access to the domain controller with that account. Therefore I am taking the course of allowing them to logon to specific workstations and servers only and I need a lot more than eight!

Any dudes/dudettes out there that have any ideas?

Thanks

Sonicist

UK
 

A:NT4.0 Domain Controller tweaking

So you can't create more than 8 local accounts on the workstations that have admin rights? I haven't run into this one before.
 

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I am tryin to add a user to a computer running W2k pro and when I type in the name and domain all I get is an error that says
"the trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed"

This is a new workstation just added to the network, the user I am adding is myself and I have admin rights. For some reason all the users have to be local, I have checked the IP,DNS, and gateway. I can see the computer on the network.
 

A:Domain Controller does not trust me!

Hi tushkahoma
It seems that although you have local admin rights at the workstation, you may not have domain admin rights in order to join the domain.

Paul V
 

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I Have a Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista Home Basic and a Windows 7 (Based on Vista). I just got a Belkin router but i installed and set it up on my Windows 7 PC. Is there any way to make my Server 2003 become the new Domain Controller. I need it to install Ranger for networks.
 

A:Solved: How do I become a Domain Controller?

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I'm trying to get rid of an old w2k server that is the DC and DNS server. I added DC and DNS to an existing w2k3 server and it looks like it replicated all the AD data ( I see users and machines listed ) but when I unplug the old server and login to the network at a workstation I don't get access to the internet trying to use the new server as the DNS server or to local network stuff. I think I may have both a DC and DNS server configuration problems.

Thanks in advance

14Mike
 

A:New Domain Controller problem

Are you using the new DC as the DHCP server? If so you will need to do an ipconfig/release ipconfig/renew from the workstations so they get the new DNS information otherwise the workstations will be using the old DNS server for their lookups.

And did you demote the old server? You can't just unplug a DC from a network, AD has to know it is gone.
 

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Hi All, When i setup group policies on the active
directory domain controller, i get an error message
saying "Access denied" and in the event log it says
"The specified domain either does not exist or could not
be contacted" when i run dcdiag all tests pass with the
following exceptions: [1] Starting test: frssysvol
There are errors after the SYSVOL has been shared.
The SYSVOL can prevent the AD from starting.
......................... VMRDII passed test frssysvol

and [2] Starting test: FsmoCheck Warning:
DcGetDcName(PDC_REQUIRED) call failed, error 1355 A
Primary Domain Controller could not be located. The
server holding the PDC role is down.
......................... D1.vmrd.com failed test
FsmoCheck

[But ntdsutil says vmrdii *is* the PDC, and it is not
down because dcdiag was run on that very machine.]

netdiag passes all test with the following exception:

DC list test . . . . . . . . . . . : Failed
Failed to enumerate DCs by using the browser.
[ERROR_CONNECTION_ACTIVE]
ntdsutil can connect to either domain controller
succesfully. So can Active Directory Users and
Computers, Domains and Trusts, etc. Just Global Policy
and Domain Controller Security Policy fail

Also, attempting to demote the secondary domain
controller to a member server throws a similar error
along the lines that the primary domain controller
cannot be found.

The question is how i can diagnose the problem. Thanks
for your help! Wei
 

A:Domain Controller Problem... HELP!

Just a guess as I have only one DC in my Active Directory domain, but can you uninstall Active Directory and then re-install it? Perhaps while it is uninstalled, you could use something like NT4's server manager to synchronize the domain, then reinstall Active Directory. My guess is that some piece of AD did not install correctly.
 

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I am new here and I hope someone will be able to advise me regarding the problem I am having.

I am responsible of a small office network that is based on one domain controller which also works as the DNS.

Yesterday, I was planning to join a new PC to our domain name and usually when I do this I change the administrator's password temporarily to use it on the new PC and then change it back to the original one. (it is a secuitry phobia issue!)

After successful join to the domain I changed the AD administrator password back to the original one and tested it immediately and it worked just fine.

I locked the server and few hours later I wanted to make a change in the AD and I was very surprised that the administrator password is not working anymore.

(Please note that other users passwords haven't change)

My questions here are:

1- Are there any type of (hacking) tools that can be run from a local network pc (which have local administrative privilages) that can hack the domain controller this way and change the administrator's password or harm the domain controller?

2- Could this be a problem/bug from the windows 2003 OS itself?

3- Is there any legitimate way to reset the password in this case?

4- Is the built in windows 2003 firewall reliable and what do you recommened for software secuitry.

This happened once before (about a year ago) and the network was smaller so I finally decided to resintall wndows 2003 and start from scratch. But this time I just w... Read more

A:Problem on my Domain Controller

One aspect of maintaining servers is to create additonal administrator accounts so you can use them to edit/change the default administator account if its profile becomes corrupt or you have issues with passwords.

Q1 not that I am aware of
Q2 doubtful
Q3 use another admin account
Q4 software firewalls are OK but you get better protection from a hardware router/firewall. Not sure what you mean by software security. That is what share and ntfs permissions are about.
 

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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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