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How do I join a domain?

I am trying to join a domain.   I have a local area network with a domain.   Several other computers are joined to the domain, but my latest laptop says "network path not found".   I am running Windows 10 pro on the computers, except the server which is running Windows Server 2019.

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Frank Kavanagh

8/22/2022 - Mon

Make sure the PC's DNS settings point to the Domain Controller as the only DNS server.
Frank Kavanagh

Please explain how to do this.   I am a novice!

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What's your goal?

Are you learning?  Are setting one up for "fun" at home?

Are you managing a domain for a company?

Novices managing networks for companies is a recipe for disaster.
Novices setting one up for learning at home is a great way to learn and I'm eager to help.

Active Directory domains essentially REQUIRE your computers to use the DC - AND ONLY THE DC - as their DNS server.  If that's not the case, fix it so that it is.  Then ping the DC by name.  Can you reach it?


Look at he details of the network connection
Right click on the icon for the network, open network and sharing center, click on the local connection.

Name server should only reflect the computer that has info for the domain you want to join.

Issue deals if the system gets an IP from the router, it might only have the DNS server of the Public And will not have information about your domain.
You could change the properties of the connection specifying the IP addresses used for name service.

Hard to provide you with instructions given you have to know what IP your DC has.

send the ip address info for your computer as well as the server.  To do this right click on the windows start button.  and left click Run.  type CMD <enter> and a black command window will open up with a blinking cursor.  type IPConfig /all <enter> and tell us what the IPv4 address is as well as the gateway and subnet mask.  If there are more than one ethernet adapters listed, take the first one.   If you're using wireless, give us that address.
Now, in that same window, type ping <servername>  and tell us the reply from ip address (if it doesn't ping or you get a request time out, that's either not the server name or you're not connected to the same network as the server.)
this should give us an idea of what your issue is.
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Frank Kavanagh

Wireless LAN
Subnet Mask
Server address is
Pinged server successfully


You have a typo, he information needed delas with what are the name servers, DNS to which requests to resolve and locate the DC are sent

nslookup -q=SRV _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.youraddomain.com

Then try without the IP see where the request is sent based onthe response.

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It turns out the network was set to public.   Once I changed that to private, I was able to join the domain.
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