Unable to join 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro Client to Windows 2003 domain. Win 7 works fine
Posted on 2013-11-25
I am unable to join a 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro Client to our Windows 2003 domain. A 64-bit Windows 7 client joins fine.
•After installing Windows 8.1, before joining to domain, if I run nltest /dsgetdc:, it returns the domain controller and other info just fine.
•Once I join to the domain, I get the username/password prompt, after that the "Welcome to the domain" prompt. After that it hangs for a long time and then finally I get an error saying that the domain controller could not be contacted.
•After restart, when I try to add a domain user as Administrator to the local computer, the domain users do not show up.
•The same nltest command now returns ERROR_DOMAIN_NOT_FOUND.
•The computer account has been created in the Active Directory. I verified that on the domain controller.
•Before and after joining I can ping the domain controller by its computer name. IPCONFIG shows the DNS correctly as the IP of the domain controller.
•Windows 8.1 client is set to the same time as the time on the domain controller, firewall is off, file sharing is enabled for all networking profiles.
•Joining a 64-bit Windows 7 computer works fine. We actually installed Win7 on the same machine to ensure that.
•We reinstalled Windows 8.1 three times. Each time the same result.
•Domain controller is a Windows 2003 box.
Happy to upload logs or do anything else if someone can help us.