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Problem In Adding Child Domain Controller In Forest Domain

Q: Problem In Adding Child Domain Controller In Forest Domain

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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I need to deploy for 1 enterprise have 1 forest with multi domain, and child domain. And i want ask you that  can I deploy 1 ATA gateway to collect all network traffict from all domain, and is need this ATA gateway server join domain. If it need to
join domain, its  should join domain root, or it can join any domain belong this forest. 
Thank you.

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We were  configuring  active directory domain service(AD DS) from server manager for an ?active directory federation services? certificate requirement which is used while configuring  ?certification authority ?  under
setup type-> Enterprise CAs
While configuring ADDS , under Deployment configuration, we have selected ?Add a new forest?(as there was some issue while selecting add a domain controller to existing domain) and provided a new root domain as ?aaa.org?after
next step we have provided the ?Directory Service Restore Mode? password
How can we revert server to old state ? The server earlier was SharePoint server.

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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.

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So i had a test environment where i was playing around with Active Directory and Child Domains. I have a domain and i created a child domain under that domain on an old server. Well it just so happened that the server had a serious hardware error and no longer runs.

How do i go about removing the child domain from the main domain controller? It is continuously filling up the Directory Service log because AD can't find and communicate with the failed child domain.

How do i remove it without having the failed server up. If it were up i could easy demote it but that server is toast.

Does anyone have any information on it? I have searched the web a bit and i haven't had much luck finding what i was looking for.

thanks everyone

A:Removing Failed Child Domain Controller

Here are MS instructions to manually remove a server from the AD:


It can be a little nerve racking if your not comfortable with console based commands; but I've done it on a couple of networks with great results. Best advice: ghost/image the server before you start... just in case.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

You need flush your DNS cache in client side first.
Then, let?s create the following registry value for a try:
 - 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 just have a few quick AD comprehension questions.

If I have two sites, one in New York and Chicago. I would setup two sites, Chicago and New York in AD Sites and Services. Then, I would create and add chicago.contoso.com to the Chicago site and nyc.contoso.com to the New York site. (I would setup the site links using RRAS)

The forest root would be whichever I defined first and the other would be a separate domain tree in the forest, or would the forest actually be contoso.com with trees chicago.contoso.com and ny.contoso.com.

For contoso.com to be the forest root, I would have to have a contoso.com DC, right?

I just want to try to visualize the way it would look in a tree diagram. I realize that using multidomain forests is frowned upon because of the inherent trust relationships and the lack of control over them.

A:AD Question about a Domain/Forest

I ended up doing what I needed with two separate forests and an external trust, but I'm still interested in the stuff in the first post.

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In the ATA Center configuration page, under domain connectivity settings, the interface only allows 1 user and one domain. My environment is a multidomain forest --how do I deal with that? Use an account in the root domain of the forest and configure this
root domain as the domain listed in domain connectivity settings? Is there a way to add multiple accounts, 1 for each domain? 

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Hello i am having a few issues with my Server, i cannot seem to link it with a domain that is located in another country, i have the hostname and IP address and the ports are forwarded properly however it will not let me link to that domain.The server i am trying to link it to is located in the USA and the server i am trying to link to it is located in Australia. The two site domains arebrishqdcsrv.hakkinkai.com (The server i am trying to connect to the main forest)usahqdcsrv.hakkinkai.com (the forest i am trying to connect it to)I get the error belowAn error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller for domain usahqdcsrv.hakkinkai.com.

The error was: "No records found for given DNS query."
(error code 0x0000251D DNS_INFO_NO_RECORDS)

The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.usahqdcsrv.hakkinkai.com

For more information, click Help.My Friend ensures that the ports for active directory are forwarded properly and the domain is accepting connections for domain additions.How do i fix this?ThanksSam Brereton

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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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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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What are the minimum forest and domain functional level requirements to deploy ATA.
Planning and Requirements page for ATA installation states that DC requirements are:
Domain controllers running on Windows Server 2008 and later. 
But I can not find the minimum functional level info.

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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.


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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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hi ,,,,Been reading about networks and i cant get my head around whats the difference between child and parent domain or what they are?.... Thanks for you time ,,,, doj ,,,,

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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

[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.
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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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


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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I'm having a problem with my NT4 domain controller. Last night when I left everything was working perfectly but this morning we got problems- only the PDC can log into the domain, all of the others are using cached profiles. When i go to server manager on the NT system it doesnt show any of the computers logged in, but when I change it to not view only domain members all of the little icons light up telling me that all of the computers are on the network. I tried taking two off the domain and then putting them back on. I had to manually delete their accounts from the PDC and when I tried to rejoin they said that the network path could not be found. All of the computers can browse the other computers and file servers that should be in the domain (and are listed under the domain in the network explorer but, according to the PDC, are not me,bers of the domain) and can ping the PDC. The PDC can also ping the gateway. Unfortunately, due to bad timing and politics, I am alone on this issue.

It's not a critical problem but will pose issues in the future if I let it go unresloved. Password changes and new acounts will have to be made locally which is simpy not feasable.

(oh yeah and, yes i've restarted the PDC... that ws the first thing i tried)

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Windows 2003 server
I have a small test domain. 1 DC, 1 Production server, 1 web server, 3 client pc's.
I have added the web server into domain, directly onto same switch no firewall or dmz separating web from other servers.
The web server can ping the DC and production server using IP and DNS.
However when I try to ping the web server using IP from DC or production server they do not resolve and when I ping it using DNS they switch to searching for IP instead of what it should be. I have checked reverse lookup zones and the IP is entered correctly.
Does anyone know why the DC and production server views the web server with the wrong IP?



A:Solved: domain controller problem

Okay what does that IP resolve to when you try it locally. How many NICs are in each machine and does that range match anything else you've got setup.

Clear the DNS cache on each machine then clear the DNS servers resolved cache. If you could post the nslookups that would be handy also. I mean the complete zone files would be excellent but I'll settle for the lookups.

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Server 2012 "Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed." Password.

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I installed a lightweight gateway in a child domain in the forest (there are working trusts).  I am getting an error message while the service fails to start:

2018-05-22 18:44:00.0328 6332 9   Error [DirectoryServicesClient+<CreateLdapConnectionAsync>d__32] Microsoft.Tri.Infrastructure.Utils.ExtendedException: Failed to connect to domain controller [DomainControllerDnsName=HOSTNAME.DOMAIN ErrorCode=82] ---> System.DirectoryServices.Protocols.LdapException: A local error occurred.
   at System.DirectoryServices.Protocols.LdapConnection.BindHelper(NetworkCredential newCredential, Boolean needSetCredential)
   at async Microsoft.Tri.Gateway.Resolution.DirectoryServices.DirectoryServicesClient.CreateLdapConnectionAsync(?)
   --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
   at async Microsoft.Tri.Gateway.Resolution.DirectoryServices.DirectoryServicesClient.CreateLdapConnectionAsync(?)
   at async Microsoft.Tri.Gateway.Resolution.DirectoryServices.DirectoryServicesClient.CreateLdapConnectionAsync(?)
   at async Microsoft.Tri.Gateway.Resolution.DirectoryServices.DirectoryServicesClient.TryCreateLdapConnectionAsync(?)
2018-05-22 18:44:00.0328 6332 5   Error [DirectoryServicesClient+<OnInitializeAsync>d__14] Microsoft.Tri.Infrastructure.Utils.ExtendedException: Failed to communicate with configured domain controllers
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I am running two networks at the same time.

Network 1: Novell 3.12
Network 2: Windows 2000/NT domain

My clients have windows xp pro and have the latest version of the novell netware login client 4.83 with SP1.

When I logged a windows domain user on the machine before I installed the netware client, the computer logged in fine.

After I installed the novell client, when I logged in windows gave me the following error message..."couldn't log you into the domain controller or no domain controller available... windows is loggin you in from a cached account"

I've tried using that novell client that comes with windows xp as well. I've had no luck.

How can I get my workstations to log into the two networks?

A:Win xp novell netware domain controller problem

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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 )

[email protected]

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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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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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&#8217;s the thing. When I type &#8220;//" (the server address) from Start - Run I can still gain access to the server. But when I type the actual name such as &#8220;domain.local&#8221; it can&#8217;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&#8217;ve covered a lot of ground here but I&#8217;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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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?

A:Adding a computer to the domain

We need to know what specific OS you are using in order to assist you

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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--


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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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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?

IT Intern

A:New Domain Controller

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