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Adding Windows 7 to a Windows server 2012 but got error while joining An active directory domain controller for the domain could not contacted

Q: Adding Windows 7 to a Windows server 2012 but got error while joining An active directory domain controller for the domain could not contacted


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 computer for name resolution are not responding. This

is configured to use DNS servers withe following IP addresses :

Verify that
this computer is connected to the network, that these are the correct DNS

IP addresses, and that at least one of the DNS servers is running

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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

Common causes of this error include th... Read more

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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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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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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We have been getting sporadic reports from our users of the error, "The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed."  The workaround has been to dejoin and rejoin the domain, but it keeps happening and we need a permanent
fix.  We are primarily a laptop shop.
It has been suggested we disable the automatic machine accouint password change on our domain members in GPO.  While this may be a viable option with relatively low security risks, I'd really like to figure out why it's happening and try to
fix it. 
The machines can lose the trust relationship at random.  It can happen overnight, or after going into hibernation.  I've had it happen to me a few times.  The DCs (we have 2) both show error 5722, but one is spitting out a specific Kerberos
error that the other one is not:

While processing an AS request for target service krbtgt, the account kriegesh did not have a suitable key for generating a Kerberos ticket (the missing key has an ID of 2).
The requested etypes : 18. The accounts available etypes : 23  -133  -128  3  1. Changing or resetting the password of kriegesh will generate a proper key.
My main issue is trying to determine why this continues happening and if we can resolve it without disabling the account password.  If that IS our best option, then so be it.  Any
thoughts are welcome.
Thank you very much in advance!  ~Sarah

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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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Hi All

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

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


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

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


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

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

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windows 7 not joining 2003standard domain server. windows xp is not giving any problems..tried changing DNS settings and done windows update, but problem not resolved.

A:windows 7 not joining 2003 domain server

Does it give an error, and your sure its 7 PRO? So you have set the DNS for the affected machine to the server correct (wasn't sure if you did it to client or server)?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 2012 Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed and gave the below error(In computer management local group and user option is not there as suggested by a solution!)

"Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed. The local Administrator account becomes the domain Administrator account when you create a new domain. The new domain cannot be created because the local Administrator account password
does not meet requirements.

Currently, the local Administrator password is blank, which might lead to security issues. We recommend that you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, use the net user command-line tool, or use Local Users and Groups to set a strong password for the local Administrator
account before you create the new domain."

A:Windows 2012 Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed

You need to have a password before you begin. Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading
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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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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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I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain in the dmz. I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain in the network. I can access the one in the network to the dmz without a problem, but I cannot access the one in the dmz to the network. The ip addresses in the network are different than the ip address in the dmz. I fowarded the ports but the dmz box still gets blocked. I tried to do it by VPN after setting the router to accept VPN. The connection still gets blocked. I set all the firewall settings.

I'm not sure where to go from here, any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

A:Windows Server 2012 R2 connecting 1 domain to another through 2 routers

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   Dear Team
       I have windows 2012 R2 domain server. It is connected domain perfectly windows 7 pro .
      But if i connected domain windows 7 ultimate . It is showing DNS error. I am joining same process win7 pro.
      please help me how to join windows 7 ultimate in domain.

   Note. I give my client PC windows 7 ultimate network proper DNS.

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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'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 have a problem and it is that I must log on vpn server before I log on the domain

in windows xp I can tick the "Log on using dial-up connection"

how do I do this in windows vista / 7

kind regards


i am not that good in english :-( so please be

A:windows 7 logon a domain controller through a vpn server

in internet explorer>tools (top right corner)>internet options>connections tab>add vpn

hope this helps, good luck

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This was originally posted in the Server 2012 forum, but perhaps it's more applicable to Windows 7.


I've joined the Windows 7 Pro workstations to the Domain using the SERVER2012/Connect app and that seemed to work fine.  I made the Users all Standard, not Admin, and access to the Shared folders is working fine too.  Users appear to be in the
Administrators group on the local machine, which is what I need.
However, a number of our applications aren't working correctly ... one writes changes to HKey Current User and those changes will not stick.  Some IE sites that require changes have to be made each time; those changes don't save.  Some
of the ODBC connections to SQL databases are behaving strangly as well.  I tried checking permissions on the Windows Registry keys, and they looked OK.  Turning off User Access Control did not help either.
If I log on to the workstation not using the Domain Account I don't have this problem.  And, one of the workstations which had performed the Windows 10 Upgrade while connected to the previous Domain Controllder works fine.
Any direction would be greatly appreciated!   Thx DMiller

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hey there, the office that i work at doing odds and ends for everything and anything doesn't have there networking setup in a domain enviroment, its in a peer to peer workgroup i think you call it. Basically my question is this...what does a server need in order to become a domain controller...is there seperate hardware or software or is it built into windows 2000 server. Right now the Dell 1400 SC server has 1Gb of ram and (2) Pentium III 1125 MHz processors. What would we have to do in order to get the server setup as a domain controller????? We plan on doing a clean install of everything if we can use this server as a domain controller... Also, i think one of this initial problems that they never had a domain controller setup is because most of the computers are running 98SE (about 28) some XP (about 6) and some 2000 pro (about 6) Im not sure if the 98's were a issue with a domain enviroment? Any and all info is greatly appreciated!!!!!!! Thanks for reading!

A:setup A domain controller on windows 2000 server???

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Windows Server 2012 R2

Domain Join User Not Able To Access Internet Need Solution.


Server Attach 2 Networks Card.
Private Network

Public Network
Default Getway:
Internet Working On Domain Controller

Client User:
Now I Want To Access Internet on Client User without Proxy Server
Kindly Guide Me Complete Procedure.
Guide You In Depth.
Server Attach Two 2 Network Card
1st Network Card Attach Internet Wire
Ip Subnet: Default Getway:
2nd Network Card Configure Private Ip
Ip: Subnet: Dns:

Now Private Network Card Wire Attach In Cisco Switch 2950
And One Wire From Cisco Switch 2590 Connect To Local User System
Client Ip Subnet: Dns:
Client System Join Domain Successfully
Now My Question Is I Want To Access Internet On Client PC Without Proxy Server.
Waiting For Good Reply...

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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 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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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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This must be kind of common as I see a lot on this issue, but unfortunately not much on a fix.
Anyways I'm on a path to MCSA so I need to do labs on Server 2003 from time to time. I use virtual PC 2007 to make virtual machines of XP Clients and an Enterprise Server 2003. Anyways I can't attach clients to the domain, it gives a message that the server can't perform the requested operation for whatever reason. When setting up the domain controller I get this:

Diagnostic Failed
The registration diagnostic has been run 2 times.

Warning: Domain Controller functions like joining a domain, logging onto a domain, and Active Directory replication will not be available until the DNS infrastructure for Active Directory is correctly configured.

The DNS zone authoritative for the domain Nirom.local cannot be updated because it is the DNS root zone. Domain controllers will not send dynamic updates to the DNS root zone. If you want to use this domain name, select 'Install and configure the DNS server on this computer' below and create a delegation for the new DNS zone Nirom.local from the root zone to this DNS server.

For more information, including steps to correct this problem, see Help.

The primary DNS server tested was: a.root-servers.net (

The zone was: . (root)

Domain controllers will not send dynamic updates to the DNS root zone.
Click to expand...

Okay well since I haven't studied the DNS part that much yet how do I do that?... Read more

A:DNS Error on Server 2003 Domain Controller Install

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I have a little problem. I am running XP on a workstation and i need to join a domain on win2000 server. When i try it as usual (and as it is working on EVERY other my computer running also XP), i get immediately an error, that it canť reach the domain controller. I don't know why, because i get IP/DNS from the server as normal.
I suspect the comodo firewall blocking ut, but no message pops up, and no logs are saved.

Can anyone help? Its really only on this workstation, and there is

XP sp2, comodo, Spybot, SG, Avast

on every other computer (even with vista) it works, so i suppose the server is working fine.

A:XP joining 2000 Server domain - problem

i turned off the FW and avast, and it's still not workig. I have to say that i did some anti-malware procedures on this computer and maybe some thing is missing to join the domain, i don't know :/

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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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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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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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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 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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Hello, I'm having trouble with trying to join my client computer to the server domain. My client is Windows 7 Professional and the server domain OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. I tried the usual method of going to System-Change Settings-Change-and entering the domain name to join. However, I get the message saying:

An active directory domain controller (ad dc) for the domain sean.local could not be contacted. Ensure that the domain name is typed correctly.

I know for a fact that the domain name (sean.local) is correct. On my DC, I have Active Directory, DHCP and DNS installed. Its weird because I could ping the server IP just fine and get a response, but when I ping the domain name (sean.local) I do not get a response. I get a message saying "Ping request could not find host sean.local. Please check the name and try again."

I think the issue I'm having with not being able to join the domain has something to deal with the DNS server. I will post the network configurations for both the client and the server domain and hopefully we could get this client to finally join the domain once and for all. Thank you everyone for your help, I appreciate it.

*Both of these machines had their IP settings manually configured, not obtained automatically.*


IP address:
Subnet Mask:
Default gateway:
Preferred DNS server:

IP address:
Subnet Mask:
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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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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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How do I make the active directory domain services become available?? It says its unavailable....

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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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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 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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I have a number of new Window 7 laptops and have joined the company domain with no problems (SBS running Windows 2003).

When I was on the domain I set up a number of printers by browsing the server \mainserver\\OkiC9650 and finding the printer and it and correctly installed the drivers and provided me with full functionality for the printer.

However, if for some reason I have to leave and then rejoin the domain, and I don't delete the printers first, when I rejoin the domain the printers are no longer showing (as one might expect), and when I try to add them again, or add anything connected to the \mainserver\\OkiC9650 I get an error.

?Windows cannot connect to the printer.? Operation failed with error 0x00000006

I don't think it is anything to do with the printer as I can't connect to any printer in this way.

Although the 0x00000006 indicates a permission problem it is not that, or a setting problem, as it works the first time and no changes are made other than leaving and rejoining the domain.

It has happened with four laptops, two different makes, and three different models. So not likley to be the laptop or the manufacturer.

I don't think it is a Server problem as I have tried leaving the domain, and deleting the Computer name from the Active Directory, and even tried giving the joining computer a different name between leaving and joining. I was hoping if it was recognised as a new computer then it would work at least once more - but still n... Read more

A:Windows 7 joining/leaving and rejoining a domain

Check the value of the DNS setting in the properties of IPv4 in the Properties of the Win 7 NIC. Make sure it's pointed at and only at your domain DNS server, probably the 2k3 SBS server. You don't need to use a static IP for this, just enter the servers DNS manually in the IPv4 properties of the Win 7 machine. I'm not sure why but this seems to fix Domain connection problems with Windows 7.

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