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Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008 authentication

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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.

Thank you!

Scott
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there is useful guide here >>> http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/windows_8-domain-windows_troubleshooting-firewall,2-351-3.html

i would check to make sure the DNS is bang on right etc as this make a hell lot of difference.
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That was it! Something so simple. We have an old server (Running 2003) and the main server (Running 2008 R2.) It appears Windows 8 was getting confused and having trouble going to the right one - a problem other versions of Windows doesn't seem to have. Manually putting in the correct server immediately solved all of the problems. Thank you!
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