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Joining Domain Problem

I have built a new server with sbs 2003. i have done this numerous times etc so i know my stuff. i have 5 pcs to join the domain but two of them wont . i can ping the server, the dns config is right. when i try to join the domain i dont ever get a prompt asking for username and password, it just says that the domain controller cannot be located etc. i have tried just the domain name, i have tried it with .local at the end etc. any help please

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy

The fact that you know your stuff is probably the problem.  With SBS you need to forget pretty much EVERYTHING you know about Windows Servers because that's not the way you join a workstation to an SBS domain.  

First please see http://sbsurl.com/itpro for an overview written especially for folks like you.

Then, review http://sbsurl.com/add for the correct way to join a workstation to an SBS network.  I would be concerned though that you may not have set up this server right to begin with.  If you didn't use the wizards, you'll need to go back and use them... you could possibly have to do a complete reinstall if you attempted to configure the server manually from the start.


thanks for you confidence in my ability....... not.  the problem was norton thats shipped with IBM's . i removed it and got the username and password prompt to join the domain straight away. looks like i know my stuff after all
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy

I have total confidence in your ability... but unfortunately, most folks' confidence level is such that they feel as though they don't have to use the wizards and can manually configure everything.

It does seem as though this may be the case here as well.

I will only try to impress upon you that with SBS you MUST use the wizards if you want it to work the way it was designed.  If you prefer instead to tinker, troubleshoot, and tweak, then by all means please continue as you are.  I certainly hope that the users on your network have patience, or at least hope that they don't make too much so that the additional cost isn't a burden.

Okay... that was rather caustic and perhaps a bit unnecessary... but heck... so was your last response.  So maybe we're even?

Really, I do know my stuff when it comes to SBS, and I certainly trust that you most definitely know more about windows servers.  Perhaps you've even used the connectcomputer wizard here and you just haven't said so in your answers... but if you haven't, then you should at least know what you are not accomplishing by making that decision:  http://sbsurl.com/connectcomputer will tell you.

This is the best money I have ever spent. I cannot not tell you how many times these folks have saved my bacon. I learn so much from the contributors.

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