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Connecting Workstations to WS2012E

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We have installed a server running Server 2012 Essentials. We have made it a DC and have created several users to test the process of joining the domain. We have then followed the directed steps to join the domain (ex. http://(server name)/Connect ). This worked perfectly on our windows 8 pro machine and it is now being monitored and backup up by the server. We attempted this unsuccessfully, however, on our windows 7 pro box. The server connect wizard runs perfectly and the machine reboots without fault. After restarting, the launchpad cannot sign in. We can still map network drives to folders within the server, though we cannot set one for the root of the server.  On the server, the machine is shown as "offline" with no information available.

I've looked for several solutions, but all of them seem to be rudimentary patches for a system that should otherwise be working perfectly. If anyone has a solution to get the computer to show in the dashboard and sing into the launchpad that would be great.
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David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
As a test disable the firewall on the client.  Does it then show as online and open the launchpad?

Re-enable the firewall afterwards.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
And let us know if that solves it or if you see additonal issues.  Check the .log files as well as the event viewer for any insight.  Here is a list and location for the logs:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2012/05/02/key-small-business-server-2011-essentials-log-files.aspx
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jetskier115Author Commented:
Hello,

we have since remedied the solution. We reformatted the machine and fixed the hard disk. We believe a bad block caused a corruption of the OS, causing our issue. Thank you for your assistance in the troubleshooting.
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