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Adding domain user Windows 8 in SBS2003 AD

Posted on 2013-05-30
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Here's a good one.  I have successfully joined a SBS2003 domain with a Windows 8 Pro computer.  And I can successfully login as the domain administrator.  But when I go into Control Panel, Users and try to add a domain user I get the message that this computer is having problems communicating . . . see attached.  I've removed Norton's and the DNS settings are correct.  I'm going to try and create a new Domain Admin to see if this works.  But in the meantime, if anyone has seen this error before, please chime in.  Thank you.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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can you logon with another domain account?

create the account using active directory users and computers
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by:McKnife
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What are you trying to do? Are you trying to add an existent domain user to a local group on win8?
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This is a quirk.  He's the fix.  Even if you are a domain administrator, you can only add yourself; no other users regardless of their security status.  Thus, I added this user to Domain Admin on the SBS2003.  Then I logged in with his name on the Windows 8 Pro computer.  Once on, I was able to open Control Panel, Users and add him as a local administrator.  Once that was done, I logged off, logged back in and viola, done!.  Then I went back to the SBS2003 server and removed him from Domain Admin.  It's been peaceful ever since.  And I am happy as if I have good sense too.
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by:tsgroup1
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Fixed and solved.
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by:tsgroup1
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Trial and error and I found this work around.  It is an incompatibility issue with Windows 2003 and 8.
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