Add Windows 2003 server to existing Active Directory
Posted on 2006-03-28
I have setup a Win2k3 server for a remote location that doesn't have any MS networking currently, just Netware. I want to join it to our existing domain in a new site but I'm having problems. Here's what I have done so far...
- The remote location is on its own IP subnet.
- The new server is in place at the remote location and running properly as a member of "workgroup".
- The remote location is connected to us via a VPN and Cisco routers.
- I configured the remote server to use one of the Win2k3 servers here to be it DNS server. Pinging by name works in both directions.
The new server can see the existing domain. From the remote server, I can access Win2k3 servers here by entering the IP address (ex. \\172.16.1.1\util or \\cullman-ms1.wiscoind.local\util). However, when I try to join the server into the existing domain, the process fails. I'm prompted for a username and password to authorize joining the domain but the process timesout after 6-7 minutes with the error "The following error occured attempting to join the domain "wiscoind": The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion."
Here's what I've done in AD to prepare for the join...
- I've created a subnet entry under DNS for the remote location.
- I've entered a host (A) entry using the static IP address and name of the server and corresponding reverse lookup pointer.
- I've created a site for the remote location with corresponding subnet and associated them.
- I've created a site link connecting the remote location to the main site where the main DC is located.
I have noticed that for the remote server's entry in the sites structure is missing an NTDS Settings object that the other two sites have. I'm assuming this is a result of the remote server not being a part of the domain yet since these objects say they are automatically generated.
Ultimately, I want to make this server a domain controller and dns server. I know some of the entries above don't have anything to do with the domain join problem.
I'm missing something. What is it?