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Error when joining an XP Pro workstation to an SBS 2003 domain: "There was an error... contact your administrator."

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I looked briefly at this problem the other day but didn't see anything logged in the workstation's Event Logs. I'll be re-visiting this problem in a couple hours now and wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions as to what I need to check. The first thing I'm going to do is check the server's Event Logs but after that I'm not sure where to look for the problem. As you can see, the error message was not very descriptive. Thanks.
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That is not a whole lot to go on.....have you tried the basics, make sure you are getting an IP (if you are using DHCP), that your NIC is working, turn off the Windows firewall if it is on the XP box...check the above and then lets see where we are
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Will do. No I did not check that stuff yet, it was just a quickie visit. Thanks. By the way, I was using the http://<servername>/ConnectComputer method.
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Try again using just the domain name and post your results....
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Using just the domain name instead of what?
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Sorry I forgot we were talking SBS!  The http://<servername>/ConnectComputer method is what we want to use. Have you run the network ID wizard on the clients under computer properties > computer name, this will re-establish all connections to AD...
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One more thing - this workstation is running Windows Media Center Edition, NOT XP Pro. Not sure if Media Center Edition can join domains. I know XP Home can't. Hmm.....
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Yep that make a big difference!

Can I connect a new PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to a work network or domain?
While you can access network resources on a work network or a domain, you cannot join a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC to the domain. PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 are designed specifically for home use. Windows XP Professional features, specifically Domain Join and Cached Credentials (Credentials Manager for logons) are not included.
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Then I've got a mystery to solve. I checked one of the other 3 workstations on this domain and it's running XP Media Center Edition and it appears to be a full-blown domain member computer when I look at it's Computer Name and domain membership??? But I believe there couuld be some truth to what you said about Media Center Edition....
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I pulled the above straight off the Microsoft site.....

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/evaluation/faq.mspx
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