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  • Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

    I have a clean install of Win2k8 Ent. on a Dell PE 2950. Everything seems normal and I have done nothing to the OS except install IIS, Hyper-V and Windows Updates.

    So I joined the server to my domain abc.local, rebooted and logged into the domain just fine. Then the next time I reboot it's back in a workgroup as if it never joined the domain. I've tried deleting the computer account from AD and joing the domain again with the same result.

    The Event Viewer is not giving me a single clue. Anybody have any ideas on this one?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

    Are you sure he was back in a workgroup and not only your username?
    Marcel
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    • #3
      Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

      I am positive the server was back in a workgroup. My only login option on reboot is for the local machine, i.e. no domains available.

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      • #4
        Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

        Well and if you typed domain\username as other user???
        Marcel
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        • #5
          Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

          I have tried DOMAIN\username and it fails to login. I can only get in with a local account.

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          • #6
            Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

            What OS is the DC running? If it's SBS, did you join the domain through My Computer properties or with the web based wizard?

            Other than that, no thoughts really :s
            Gareth Howells

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            • #7
              Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

              I really would look like to see a screenshot of it.
              I never ever have seen a client or a server who automatically remove himself from the domain.
              Marcel
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              • #8
                Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

                A screen shot of what exactly?

                The DC is running Win2k3.

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                • #9
                  Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

                  Is it only this one server that removes itself from the domain? Does a reinstall of the OS on the member server fix the problem? If you install the same OS on a VM, does the same problem occur?
                  Gareth Howells

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                  • #10
                    Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

                    Anything in the event logs?
                    Does it happen if you rename the server?
                    cheers
                    Andy

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                    • #11
                      Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

                      I'm having a similar issue with two machines running Windows XP. Both auto-join the WORKGROUP domain after a logged-in restart. Started happening after images were created with Altiris Deployment Solution. My guess is that it's somehow related to the registry, although I have yet to find the problem.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

                        Originally posted by InternetFett View Post
                        I'm having a similar issue with two machines running Windows XP. Both auto-join the WORKGROUP domain after a logged-in restart. Started happening after images were created with Altiris Deployment Solution. My guess is that it's somehow related to the registry, although I have yet to find the problem.
                        Please create a NEW thread in the correct Forum with an appropriate Title and expanded description of your setup as per above.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Windows 2008 leaves domain for workgroup

                          Might be a bit late to post extra info;

                          We had the same problem on one of our servers. Turns out it had something to do with the way Win2008 checks it's computer account and time synchronisation.

                          We use Altiris and our server has Altiris Deployment Agent (Dclient) installed.
                          Since Dclient kept changing the time something went wrong with kerberos checking (my guess?). Service disabled - problem solved

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