Solved Can't Connect To Domain

August 13, 2012 at 09:01:02
Specs: Windows 7 Professional
I'm having trouble connecting my Windows 7 Professional laptop to the domain here at work (server running Windows Server 2003). When attempting to connect at the login screen using /DOMAINNAME/administrator and the administrator password from Active Directory, I get an incorrect password message. If I log in to a local user and attempt to add the admin account via control panel->user accounts->manage user accounts->add and put in "administrator" and domain name, I get "The user DOMAINNAME\administrator could not be added because this user already has permission to use this computer." Any idea how to get this laptop joined to the domain?

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#1
August 13, 2012 at 09:04:56
If I'm not mistaken, you need to add the computer to the domain (active directory) before attempting to login to it using a domain user account.

Login as local admin, add the PC to active directory then reboot and login using your domain admin credentials.


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#2
August 13, 2012 at 10:51:27
It appears as if the computer was already listed in Active Directory. I did a reset of the computer account, and when I tried to log in again as administrator I still got the password error. When I tried to log in as just a random user from the laptop (DOMAINNAME\myusername) I got the message "The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed."

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#3
August 13, 2012 at 11:41:52
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move the computer from domain to workgroup
remove the computer account from AD
rejoin the computer to the domain.

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#4
August 13, 2012 at 11:48:10
I think that did it! Thanks!

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