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I'm trying to join a OS X server to my 2008 AD domain but I'm having some issues...

I have enabled the Active Directory utility on the mac and then I've double-clicked it and filled in the domain and even given it a 'preferred' DC to contact. Then I've given it the enterprise admin account and click bind, but when I do that I get:

"unable to access domain controller. This computer is unable to access the domain controller for an unknown reason"

DNS is working well on the Mac and I can ping the domain controller by IP and FQDN, and vice versa.

I don't see anything in the log about this either.

Can anyone tell me how to get past this so that I can take advantage of AD groups and users on the Mac server?
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Question by:willlandymore
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by:orbistechnology
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Just for clarification, on your Mac, is your DNS set to be the domain controller - and *only* the domain controller?
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by:gmbaxter
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Have you tried:

Not specifying a DC

Binding into another CN or OU
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by:woolnoir
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have you tried the short domain name and the FQDN for the domain ? try not specifying a specific DC, whats in the OSX logs when you try to join (use console viewer).
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by:willlandymore
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tried it with:
-domain and domain.com
-with and without specifying the DC
-it only uses the 1st and 2nd DC for DNS
-same results when binding to another OU
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by:woolnoir
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and there is nothing in either the AD event log, or the directory log under OSX for the time the join is taking place ?
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by:gmbaxter
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Are the clocks in sync ?

Can you repair permissions on the mac server and try again?

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by:orbistechnology
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Good point baxter.  Clocks must not be out of sync by more than 5 minutes or Kerberos will break.
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by:willlandymore
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sorry for the delay. Clock is in sync to the second.
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never could find an answer to this one.
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