Unable to add a computer to the domain

Posted on 2005-04-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
We are currently adding multiple computers to a domain and I have a couple of computers that I am unable to add to the domain
I can't even change the computer name
I am logging in as administrator and there are no group policies or local security settings in place
I receive the following error messages:
When joining the domain:
"The specified service does not exist as an installed service"
When we check Active Directory the computer name shows up
When I check the computer its still resides on a workgroup
When changing the computer name:
"A network error has occurred"

This computer is a Windows 2000 SP4 joining a 2003 domain
We have tried removing the computer from the domain and rejoining with no sucess

Does anyone know why this is happening?

Question by:carrilloeo

    Expert Comment

    Do you have an error in the event log?

    Author Comment

    There are no errors in the event log
    LVL 7

    Expert Comment

    reinstall sp4
    LVL 5

    Expert Comment

    Error Message:
    The specified service does not exist as an installed service.
    User Action:
    Check the spelling of the service name and then retype it. If you still get this message, contact your system administrator.

    The above mention is the reason for the error.

    Try removing SP4 and add to domain. Later you can upgrade SP4


    Author Comment

    I tried reinstalling SP4 and still having the same problem

    When SP4 was originally installed, the remove option "archive" was not installed
    I reinstalled SP4 with the "archive" option inorder to uninstall it, but when I went to remove it from the add/remove programs, I was able to uninstall it but Windows remained at SP4

    I am unable to uninstall SP4 or drop it down to a previous SP

    I am noticing that after attempting to join the domain, it does add the domain suffix to the name and it does show in Active Directory if this helps

    Does this have anything to do with SIDS?


    Author Comment

    I was finally able to change the computer name and join the domain
    here is what had to be done

    In safe mode I had to change the computer name (although it didnt appear to change)
    rebooted into normal mode and had to change the name again (this time is appeared)
    rebooted and uninstalled the following from the properties of the local area connection:

    Client for Microsoft Networks
    File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks
    Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)


    reinstalled the 3 stated above and rebooted again
    then I was able to add the computer to the domain.

    Thank you eveyone

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