I keep getting the error message "The network path was not found" when I try to join Vista computers to my Windows Server 2008 R2 domain (see screenshot)

I keep getting the error message "The network path was not found" when I try to join Vista computers to my Windows Server 2008 R2 domain (see screenshot).

I have disjoined all of the computers from their present Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain and have powered off this old Active Directory domain controller.

I have replaced this old Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain controller with a new Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory domain controller.

However, whenever I try to add workstations to the new Server 2008 R2 domain controller, I keep receiving this error: "The network path was not found."

What do I need to do so that I will be able to add these Windows Vista computers to the new Server 2008 domain controller?
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Bruno PACIIT ConsultantCommented:
Hi,


Did you try typing the whole FQDN DNS name of the domain ?

As an example, if your DNS domain name is "mydomain.com" then you should type "mydomain.com" when joining the domain.
If you only give the NetBIOS name MYDOMAIN and there is no WINS server on your network your computer may be unable to localize the domain...

Use the FQDN name and ensure that your DNS servers are working properly and that the DCs of your domain are well registered in the DNS.


Have a nice day.
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Psy053Commented:
Also ensure that the Vista machines are pointing to the right DNS server.
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msmamjiCommented:
As Psy053 indicated, make sure the DNS server pointed to by the client is of the new domain. Also make sure you are able to ping the domain using FQDN.
what is the output when you run nslookup from the client?
During the joining process, you get this error before or after providing the domain credentials?

Regards,
Shahid.
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