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  • Join computer to domain through Windows Server 2008 RODC.

    Hi,
    I installed a Windows server 2008 RODC in our branch office.
    The RODC is the only thing in the branch office that communicate with a writeable Windows server 2008 DC in the hub site (other traffic is blocked by firewall, but between DC and RODC All traffic i allowed).
    I cannot add a computer to the domain in the branch office where the RODC is located.
    From what I understod you need to run NETDOM JOIN and specify the RODC in order to join a computer to the domain (because RODC do not register domain wide DNS records). Then the RODC will "proxy" the request to the writeble DC.
    (Net BIOS domain name: COMPANY, and DNS domain name: company.global)

    When I typed it like:
    netdom join SRV01 /DOMAIN:COMPANY\RODC01 /USERD:COMPANY\administrator /PASSWORDD:*
    I get the error "This operation is only allowed for the Primary Domain Controller of the domain."

    When I type:
    netdom join SRV01 /DOMAIN:company.global\RODC01.company.global /USERD:company.global\administrator /PASSWORDD:*
    I get the error "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted."

    DNS resolveing toword domain works from the computer I try to add.

    Someone who knows if this should work? Or what the problem could be?

  • #2
    Re: Join computer to domain through Windows Server 2008 RODC.

    It is not possible to join a computer to a Read Only DC, you must have access to the DC which has the PDC Emulator role, therefore you will need to give PCs access through the firewall to gain access to the domain properly.

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    • #3
      Re: Join computer to domain through Windows Server 2008 RODC.

      Not exactly the PDC is required but RODC will not work..............

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      Kapil Sharma
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      • #4
        Re: Join computer to domain through Windows Server 2008 RODC.

        RODC= Read Only Domain controller
        It will not accept any new objects as it can not update the directory.
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