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Problems to join computers to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory?

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  • Problems to join computers to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory?

    I have problems to join computers to Active Directorty, following error appears, look below this text. I get DHCP IP automatically and I can connect to Internet fine.
    Can someone help med with this problem?

    Note: This information is intended for a network administrator. If you are not your network's administrator, notify the administrator that you have received this information, which has been recorded in the file C:\Windows\debug\dcdiag.txt.
    The domain name "TEST" might be a NetBIOS domain name. If this is the case, verify that the domain name is properly registered with WINS.
    If you are certain that the name is not a NetBIOS domain name, then the following information can help you troubleshoot your DNS configuration.
    The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for domain "TEST":
    The error was: "DNS server failure."
    (error code 0x0000232A RCODE_SERVER_FAILURE)
    The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.TEST
    Common causes of this error include the following:
    - The DNS servers used by this computer contain incorrect root hints. This computer is configured to use DNS servers with the following IP addresses:

    - One or more of the following zones contains incorrect delegation:
    . (the root zone)

  • #2
    Are you the Network Administrator?
    Is the Domain name just TEST or is it more like TEST.LOCAL or similar?
    Have you read C:\Windows\debug\dcdiag.txt file to glean more information?
    Have you ever installed and configured an AD Server previously?
    What is this operating system being installed on; a physical machine or a Virtual Machine?
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    • #3
      Following on from what biggles77 has mentioned when you join the computer to the domain from the Computer Name tab under (Advanced) System Properties there is a More... button. If you click that you can enter the full domain name test.local or whatever you have named the domain.

      Can you connect to the domain controller by typing \\servername in the Address Bar of Computer and pressing Enter? If not, can you connect using the servers' IP address \\ (or whichever addressing scheme you use).

      If neither of those work then you need to check your DNS server setup and make sure that all the records are present and are correct. I had a similar instance many years ago and it was caused by the SOA records not being created in a brand new installation of Windows Server 2003 and the DNS Server role.
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      • #4
        Before you start to join computers to the domain, can you verifty that the DC is his own DNS server (check IP settings). When you want to join computers, please change the DNS settings of the clients to the IP number of your Domain Controller. They must use your DC as their sole DNS server.
        Better use the DHCP server of your Domain Controller.