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Cannot add computer to domain

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Hello all,

After installing Windows XP on a pc which had previously Windows 2000 installed, I can't get the computer to be added to our company's domain. Worked flawless on the W2k version before.

After installing Windows XP (Prof.), the problem is that I cannot change the name of the computer. Connections work, I've installed network printers, can access all available network shares. The message that pops up when trying to rename it, is in the lines of the following (translated from Dutch):

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"This computer can not become a member of the domain due to the following error:
Cannot make this computer a member of the domain. You have exceeded the maximum number of computers for this domain. Contact your network administrator to change this number."
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Weird message if you ask me, since I deleted the old computer name in the Active Directory. Anyway, the problem seems to speak for itself. Unfortunately, I can't find the place where to change the number of computers that may be part of the domain (if there even is a restriction). Anybody have a clue? Thanks in advance!

- Moeflon
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Hi
Have a look at these which should explain your problem. The settings in AD will need to be changed for you to be able to join any more to the domain,
"You Have Exceeded the Maximum Number of Computer Accounts" Error Message When You Try to Join a Windows XP Computer to a Windows 2000 Domain
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314462
Domain Users Cannot Join Workstation or Server to a Domain
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;251335

Deb :))
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Fixed it!

You pointed me in the right direction, thanks! Details: I used my user account to add computers to the domain. Several systems have been renewed to operate on Windows XP, which probably explains why that user has exceeded the maximum number of 10. Using the default administrator account, I was able to let the computer join the domain. Pre-creation of the computer did not work for some reason, but with the "master account", everything worked brilliantly.

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