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trouble joining a laptop to a domain

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#1 cygnusonline


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 02:50 PM

Hi I have been looking after a small office environment which consists of Server with server 2008 R2 and about a dozen pcs/laptops all running Windows 7 Pro and connected using a LAN (they dont have wifi). They just invested in half a dozen new laptops for a new project. I am in the process of adding them to the domain, the first four went without a hitch, however the last two had problems. The process i followed was to set up the laptops, install all the software and updates they needed then joined the domain. On the last two I first noticed that after I did the initial Windows setup the network connection icon in the bottom right had an exclamation mark, when I open network settings it says unidentified network and no internet access. If I try to join the domain I get a 'can't connect to domain controller' message. This didn't happen with the first 4 and has never happened before
Has anyone seen this before? Is the server on its way out?
Thanks guys

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#2 JohnnyJammer


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 07:02 PM

So it sounds like you have a loop back IP 169.*.*.*, i would make sure the DHCP server has enough IP address's left.

Next make sure to set the dns and gateway manually when joining them to the domain so you dont get issues.

If that fails and you have an IP and can ping the server, try this command

net use \\servernamehere\ipc$

make sure yiou can atleast connect to the servers IPC.


See how that goes, if that dont work then using the command sysdm.cpl and going to NetworkID instead of change and see if you can join in that way.

Edited by JohnnyJammer, 13 May 2015 - 07:02 PM.

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