Changing the Primary Domain DNS name of this computer to "" failed.


  • Hi

    We have been hitting an error when adding Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 machines to our Windows 2003 domain, specifically:

    Computer Name/Domain Changes
    Changing the Primary Domain DNS name of this computer to "" failed. The name will remain "".

    The error was:

    The specified server cannot perform the requested operation.
    Any help on knocking out my Primary DNS suffix would be helpful.


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    Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:51 AM


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  • Hi,



    Please kindly refer to the following article to check if it is helpful to you:


    Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 domain join displays error "Changing the Primary Domain DNS name of this computer to "" failed...."


    Hope it helps.


    Alex Zhao

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    Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:58 AM
  • We also had the same problem and the problem was fixed when we select following entry in TCP/IP dns settings

    "Use this connection's DNS suffix in DNS registration" :)

    • Proposed as answer by DMobley232 Friday, September 28, 2012 2:39 PM
    Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:24 AM
  • I resolved this problem by doing the following:

    1) Making sure I didn't add the DNS entries before joining the domain.

    2) making sure the network adapters DNS entry was pointing to my Domain controllers DNS first then the secondary dns.  We run two DNS' here and i had the secondary DNS's IP set as the first DNS server.  When I changed it and added my DC DNS it allowed me on with no problem.

    I was using Windows Server 2012 standard though.

    Friday, April 12, 2013 8:54 PM