I have a pc that can't join a Domain

Hello All,
 I have a pc (laptop) that is upgraded to windows 7 enterprise, and now the pc will not join the domain. It was work fine in the workgroup FUTURENETI and now I would like to join it to the domain FUTURENETGROUPINC.LOCAL....I get this error....


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Try adding a host entry for you dns server

you will have to open the host file through notepad as admin
browse to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\

at the bottom add your server name hit tab and enter its address  ie
servername.local       x.x.x.x
Make sure the computers Primary DNS is pointing to the IP address of your server.
What version of SBS are you on?
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Try typing the domain name without the .local prefix.
Two things

Control panel,  Network And Internet, Network Connections.  Change adapter settings.  Modify TCP/IP V4 settings.

1.  Make sure SBS IP is in the DNS settings. (As stated by JParker505)
2. Click the Advanced button.  Click DNS tab.  In "DNS Suffix for this connection:", put FUTURENETGROUPINC.LOCAL.  In SBS 2003, you can now Start, Run and type HTTP://connectcomputer; in SBS 2008 it is HTTP://connect.

Good luck.
You can delete computer account,host record from dns & disable firewall on client system & then try to join the system into domain.
Instead of using  FUTURENETGROUPINC.LOCAL,try to use netbios name of dc,it can be FUTURENETGROUPINC.
Even disable Antivirus & try to join system into domain.
The dc IP has to be into the primary dns address of the client machine.
mdallen70Author Commented:
Hello All,

Tired all of your suggestions, but still can't join domain. Should i just try OS re-install?
What version of SBS are you on?
When you upgraded the PC did you change the hostname of the machine?  I've seen instances where a PC will be removed from the domain then re-added unsuccessfully because of existing AD ties to the same Hostname.  I'm not a SBS pro, but if you have Active Directory Users and Computers, open that utility, then look for the 'Computers' Section that contains all of the computer objects (identified by hostname), delete any entries that have the same hostname.  Go back to your workstation reboot it into an local admin profile while joined to the WORKGROUP, then try to join the domain.
Since I haven't gotten a response as to which SBS version you are running. Please follow these steps if you are using SBS 2008. These steps may be slightly different in W7.
Here is the process I go through:
1. login to the workstation (ws) with the local administrator account.
2. drop the ws from the domain and reboot.
3. go to documents and settings or users folder and copy the most current profile for the user that logs into this machine to a safe place. The date modified should tell you which one that is.
4. right click on my computer and click on properties then the advanced tab and then user profiles.
5. remove all users except the local administrator account.
6. go to control panel and local user accounts and remove all except local administrator.
7. open IE and go to http://connect follow the wizard. it should be pretty straight forward.
This will give you a clean install of the user profile for the new domain without pulling any old crap (that is the technical term:-)) from the user profile. Trust me it is usually not worth it. You can then copy most data back over to the proper folders in the new user profile including the nk2 file.
Hope this is helpful and if you need further clarification on any of the steps above or I have misunderstood something please don't hesitate to elaborate.

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I have seen this problem before. The computer will need to be removed from the initial domain by adding it to a workgroup. After it is in the workgroup you can either rename it or delete the computer account from AD. Once that is done you can reboot and add it to the domain normally.
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