Unable to join a 2008 vm to the domain in esxi 4.1

Posted on 2011-02-21
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
In our enviorment we are running a cluster with esxi 4.1. I have a number of templates configured with xp, 2003, 2008, win7. All these templates will depoly a vm and add it automacticly to our domain using a custom specs. Except for the 2008 servers. These will not join the domain. Everything is set just like the other custom specs.
Am I missing something? Is there something special I need to do for 2008?
thanks for any help
Question by:rdefino
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Author Comment

ID: 34944745
Also, Once the vm is up, I can add it to the doamin just fine. No errors.
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ID: 34944796
Do you have Sysprep installed correctly.

Do you have VMware Tools installed, and are you using the VMXNET3 driver?

Author Comment

ID: 34944830
sysprep files are needed for 2008. they are built in.

Vmtools is installed  and I am using vmxnet3 driver.

The custom spec does everything else to the vm, but adding it to the domain.
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ID: 34944889
When you watch the console of the VM, do you see Guest Customization run?
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ID: 34944917
Check the Guest Customisation Log, also are you sure the account used, as correct access to join domain, and password is correct.

Often admins, forget to specifiy the Domain Credentials, and the Domain, both are required, otherwise it will try to join the domain with a local account. not domain\username

Author Comment

ID: 34945074
I definitely see the the customization run.

Where do I find the custom logs?

Also the password I'm using is my account which has full domain rights. It's the one I use to manually push it in.
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ID: 34945205
have check the domain account is specified correctly with DOMAIN specified. Not just username and password.

try c:\temp or c:\windows\temp

Accepted Solution

rdefino earned 0 total points
ID: 34945681
I found the problem. In the custom spec, you can't just have the domain name there. you need the domainname.company.com
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ID: 34945760
Glad you got it working.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34986535
I figured it out.

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