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Joining new Windows 7 profile to domain.

Just had some issues joining a new Windows 7 user account to a domain, and got the no Logon servers available error.  These are the steps I made to rectify.

  • Removed the computer account from AD on the server

  • Enabled the local admin account on the Win 7 machine.

  • Ran cmd prompt (run as administrator), and entered the following commands:

  • At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press Enter.

This gave me the error: The password does not meet the password policy requirements error.

 

I then entered the syntax:

  • net user administrator "password here"

I then logged off, and tried logging off and back on with the local admin account but it said it was still disabled.  I logged back on with the working domain account and entered the following commands:

  • At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press Enter

This completed successfully, and I was able to log on as local admin.  I then removed the pc from the domain, and restarted the PC.

I then logged on as local admin and tried re-joining the domain but got the active directory domain controller could not be contacted error

 

I then tried pinging the server from the workstation, and it could ping the IP but not the DNS name, revealing a DNS error on the site.

I then added the server as secondary DNS server for the pc (small network, modem router handled DNS and DHCP).  Once I did this I could ping the domain name of the server, but still could not join the domain, so I ran ipconfig/flushdns on the workstation.  After this I was able to join the PC to the domain.

 

These above steps can help with Windows 8 and Windows 10 machines also.  It is also important to restart the machines if you have any trouble getting the workstation to join.

 

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