how to add a pc to a domain

our school uses windows server 2003

I rebuilt a computer with the rebuilt dvd that they gave us, but now I need to add back the PC to the domain

how do I do this?

I tried something I was seeing on the internet but not sure what I was doing

see the attachment below to see the error message I am getting

how do I get past this error message

all I did was after I reimage the PC I right click on computer and properties and went into the settings where it asks me to use network id to change a domain and I was just putting in the info ???

was I supposed to add the PC on the server first before I try to do that???

How do i do that ???

how to get this onto the domain ???

this pc is Windows Vista

brian ramdhaniCT Technician Asked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Kaiser AnwarCommented:
looks like you have exceeded the count and you will need your IT to reset your account or give you another account to add the PC to the domain  -
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
I am the IT but how do I reset it??? where in the server I need to go???
Kaiser AnwarCommented:
Here is a link but you have the domain admin rights then you can do it regardless
Acronis True Image 2019 just released!

Create a reliable backup. Make sure you always have dependable copies of your data so you can restore your entire system or individual files.

The error means that the credentials you are using to add the PC to the domain gas exceed the 5 computer limit that usually applies to non administrative users that was left. Often people disable allowing regular accounts to join systems into the domain.

Do you have the admin account credentials?  You may have to use the command line running with elevated/admin rights and using the netdom command to join the computer into the domain.
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
Yes I have admin account credentials but not too sure how to go about adding it back to the domain
Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Or alternatively, ask the system admin to create the machine account for you. They will just need the name.
When you go through, computer properties, advanced settings, computer name, .....
Are you using your regular account or your admin account?

Admin account with administrator group membership, or a regular account that has additional administrative rights?

To Mailmensa, you would need to use AD user and computers, and under the computer OU or another  Comouter Ou where you want this system, add new computer, and specify the name.

Then rerun the join using the same name. At that point it will prompt you that there is an existing account and whether you wish to use it for this system.
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
Ok when I log on to the machine after it is shutdown I logon as basically local admin of the pc but it is not the main admin login that I use to make changes in the server

Is that what you mean??
Kaiser AnwarCommented:
You have to use  domain account that has the rights to join it to the domain - can not use the one that has exceeded the maximum limit  - any account that is a member of account operator or domain admin account

You can log in  with the local account but use the domain account other than the one that has reached the limit
If this PC was in the domain before, using the same name, you may need to reset the computer account in AD before you can join it properly.

If you're the IT person, you should have a domain account with sufficient privileges to join a computer to the domain. It looks like you didn't use that account.

But to answer your question, there is a way to change the number of computers an account is allowed to join to the domain - warning, it involves using Adsiedit:

How do i reset an account to be able to add more computers to the domain? []
You have to login as a local admin to make changes to the system

To join said computer into the domain you have to use domain credentials which you've tried but your regular use credentials are a limited user with might be additional rights, but the account is limited on how many systems it can join and your account has reached that limit.

Do you have access to another administrative account that you can use to join the system to the domain, or
Do you have access to a system/server that has and let's you access the administrative tool active directory users and computers interface where you can add a new computer account named what you want that system to use.

The yet another option, if you have an administrative account to be used on the command line only with
Runs /user:domain\username cmd

On the admin command, use netdom I think is available on vista.
Netdom /? Has the option on the command line to join it into the domain using that administrator account to join this system into the domain.
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
Ok guys I made some progress

I got it onto the domain but somehow it only connects to the network when I use the LAN cable directly to the switch

I want it to connect wirelessly

I tried a gp update but that didn't work

Any ideas??

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
When I double click the wireless network it says the authentication failed because there is a problem with the user account
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.