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Win2k AD - Error occurred attempting to join the domain...specified user already exists

Posted on 2006-06-12
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Here is the scenario...

We had a server crash - hardware failure.  It was not revivable - so we transferred data files over to another server and ordered a new server.

Old Server:   Win2k SP4, DC, GC, file, print (not fsmo)

New server has come in - installed win2k3 and installed server as a workgroup member.  Trying to join it to the domain, I get the error:

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The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "domainname" :

The specified user already exists

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I have ensured the computername is no longer listed in WINS or DNS.

I have used the NTDS utility to do the metadata cleanup, and I've used the ASDIEDIT utility to manually remove the legacy server account from AD (following the Win2k portions of: Q216498)

Any assistance on this would be appreciated.

I'm assigning it 500 points, because it's the first problem I've run across I cannot find correlation to in Google, Google Groups, here or the MS Knowledgebase...
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one simple check that i have seen time and time again, check under sites and services and make sure there are no entries for the old server
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All - this is closed...thank you for any consideration or research you might have given.

A thought occurred to me to try adding the server to the domain with a username in the domain admins account instead of the administrator account on the domain, and it joined without a problem.

Ken
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congrats
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sounds good to me
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