Windows SBS 2011 Standard Domain Problem "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted"
Posted on 2014-04-28
Ok, here goes.
Small Business Server 2011, single server/single domain environment. Mostly Win7 Pro clients.
This morning we had a disk in the RAID 1 pair fail and could not boot server. With help from Dell support, was finally able to get it to boot through last known good configuration. Server seemed to start up fine, then added the drive back into the raid and all was seemingly fine.
As the day went on though, users were being prompted for windows credentials at two other intervals:
1. when accessing server shares
2. After logging into the domain on the computer, a second login screen appeared for users with folder redirection.
In both cases, when entering the windows login credentials, they were able to get where they wanted to go. Pain for them, but they were able to work.
Tonight while troubleshooting what seemed at times to be a DNS issue, I notices something worse... On the server when I login to the SBS 2011 console and click on Users and Groups, I get an error "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted". Hmmmm.
Any ideas? I am at a wall and not sure where to look from here.
Thanks! Appreciate any suggestions.