Avatar of LnegrottoNola
 asked on

Microsoft Server 2008 Active Directory Errors

I have a Windows 2008 Server running active directory services.  I cannot open Active Directory Users and Computers or any orther Active Directory programs, it says domain does not exist.  When I run Netdom query it says it can't find any domains and dcdiag give an error code 1355, it says PDC and GC are both down even know I am working on the Domain Controller.  I checked DNS and Ipconfig and both of those are solid, but here is the funny thing.  If I shut down all DC's and leave them off for 20 minutes or so and then reboot one of them.  I can access the Active Directory programs and the domain for about 5 minutes and hen everything shuts down again.  Any help or insight would be great.
Windows Server 2008

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
Seth Simmons

8/22/2022 - Mon

check out the services of Active Directory whether they are running or not

sounds like it could be a virus have you got any virus application running

 I have seen some virus' that can get into protected system files and can be a nightmare to get rid of I use a linux av boot cd these days as that can access the files whereas a windows av application can not they do take ages to run as its running of the cd/dvd
Sanjay Santoki


For me it more likely seems DNS related issue. Please make sure that the DNS service is running and primary DNS on the Ethernet is configured to If you have multiple adapter (Public + localte), please make sure that the priority of local adapter is high.

Sanjay Santoki
Experts Exchange has (a) saved my job multiple times, (b) saved me hours, days, and even weeks of work, and often (c) makes me look like a superhero! This place is MAGIC!
Walt Forbes


Can you paste the result of dcdiag.
if the dcdiag doesn't even run,then it seems your DC not installed properly.
Was this DC installed recently or it was running fine and suddenly starts playing up?


Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question

perhaps a virus ?
Seth Simmons

This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.