Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008 authentication
Posted on 2013-11-15
Hi everyone, this is my first post.
I'm having a number of problems with new Windows 8 machines connecting to my domain controller running on Windows Server 2008 R2. First they seem to struggle to connect to the domain at all and I often have to try multiple times to get the computer to connect. Once it is finally on the domain and I try to login a user I get the message "There are currently no logon servers available to service the login request." I usually don't have this issue signing in as myself but I'm not sure if it's because I'm a domain admin or because it was my user account that attached to the network in the first place. I am usually able to get the user signed in but only after several reboots and/or un-joining and then re-joining the domain. Once a Windows 8 user is in they are OK for a while, but when the system sees they need to reset their windows password (90 days) it once again tells them they can't find a logon server. Additionally, if they have any mapped drives they are constantly losing their connection to it and have to re-add their credentials which then lets them in for a time. They get the same "Unable to authenticate" error here as well.
So to summarize:
-Trouble authenticating PC to attached to Domain Controller on Windows Sever 2008 R2.
-Trouble getting the user signed in to the PC once it's connected (Though I, as admin, seem to have less trouble)
-Trouble resetting their passwords once they expire
-Trouble staying connected to mapped drives
Note - this ONLY happens to users on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. All my other users (Running, XP, Vista and 7) have none of these problems.