"The domain is not available!"
Posted on 2009-04-30
I am getting a very strange error that I can duplicate, but can not solve.
I've got a tablet PC (XP Pro, SP3) that I can log into using the local administrator account and a domain controller (Win2k3 Server) that I can successfully connect to through a VPN. I am trying to add the tablet to the domain and login to the domain as a user.
So, after I successfully add the tablet to my domain, I reboot, and then proceed with my initial domain login attempt. So, I hit Ctrl-Alt-Del, put in the username and password, select my domain from the drop down list, and check the box to "Log on using dial up connection." When I hit "OK", after a short wait, I get a "Logon Message" window. The message is, "The domain is not available!" I hit "OK" and am back at the login screen again. I can't login to the domain. I can still login with the local administrator (only if I change the "Log on to:" to 'thiscomputer'.)
What I am expecting (as I have seen plenty of times with other tablet PC's connecting this same way), is after entering my domain credentials and hitting "OK" to perform the initial domain login, a "Network Connections" window should come up with a drop down box to select my VPN. I hit connect, login, and then the computer eventually logs in and creates the local user profile, while downloading all the initial stuff from the server.
The error message does not provide any useful info. Please help!