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About once a week, I have 1-2 PC's that will just not join the domain. I will have users or PC's drop off the domain for no reason. Once you log in as a local admin and rejoin the PC back to the domain the PC and the user can log-on just fine. What gives? We have a 2003 & 2008 AD scheme running side-by-side. We are migrating from 2003 to 2008 just moved the print ques. More to follow, Could that be causing the issue?  
Please advise  DP -Saxman
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by:dpsaxman
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Looking for an answer this week.  
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by:stealth2549
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Most common cause is that another PC on the domain has the same name.  The PC account will be deleted from AD if 2 computers with the same name are logged in simultaneously.  Can you verify if the user accounts have experienced any issues also?
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by:Seth Simmons
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Need to be more specific....what do you mean by not joining the domain?  What are the errors?  What do you mean by dropping off the domain?

I would start by looking at event logs both on the workstation as well as the servers for any AD issues.
The 2003 and 2008 domain controllers should have identical copies of AD.  Make sure there are no replication issues.
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So what is going on to be clear is, That the user will dock his laptop or turn on his desktop, And he will get "The user or computer is not trusted on this domain. Please contact your system administrator".

This happened to people from different depts including the CEO. And these are users and PC's, that had been on the network before with no issues. This is coming from different points and users and depts. So I am am thinking AD is playing a role on this. Just not sure where.
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by:kawamuracd
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You may want to check the speed settings on the user's nic. Set the Speed & Duplex to something other than Auto Negotiation. We have a few machines that used to do that. We set it to use 100 Mbps Full Duplex, the nic could go up to 1.0 Gbps Full. I don't know if it will help you but it worked for the handful that we had.
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by:dpsaxman
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kawam..
That would be odd that one day it would work, and the next day not without a settings change. So I an not sure about making a change on the system like that, Because after you re-join the domain the system has no problems after that.
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by:MidnightOne
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Are the clocks on the troubled systems synced with the DC holding the PDC Emulator role?
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by:dpsaxman
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I am not sure about the PDC Emulator role. I will have to check and get back with you on this.
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It sounds like you probably have a tombstoned domain controller that is no longer replicating with the other DCs. PCs reset their computer account password every 30 days or so, and if they reset the password with one domain controller that isn't replicating, then when they try to connect to another domain controller they will appear to "fall off the domain"

Use Active Directory Sites and Services to check the replication between all your domain controllers is working correctly.
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by:pwindell
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We have a 2003 & 2008 AD scheme running side-by-side.

That is impossible.  There can only be one scheme,...and it would have to be 2003 since it is impossible for 2003 Dcs to operate at a 2008 level.  Now if you mean that you have both a 2003 Domain and a separate 2008 Domain with a Trust between the two then you need to make that clear.
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Thank you very much.
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