Unable to join domain to windows server 2003


  • I have a computer server with windows server 2003 operating system and there's no problem to joining domain to a windows 2003 server from computer client with windows xp professional OS.

    But later, i installing a new client computer with windows 7 ultimate OS and i unable to joining domain server.

    Everytime i trying to join domain from control panel -->system and security-->system--> change setting and choose member of domain with the domain server name,error messages appears. " An attempt to resolve the DNS name of a domain controller in the domain being joined has failed. Please verify this client is configured to reach a DNS server that can resolve DNS names in the target Domains.

    Please help me with the solution ,,

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:20 AM


  • Hi,


    May I know if the computer gets the network settings via a DHCP server?


    Based on my research, I would like to suggest the following:


    1.    Check if you can ping the DC and DNS server with computer name and FQDN name.


    2.    Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP and see how it works:


    1)     Go to “Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections”.

    2)     Right-Click on the connection and choose Properties.

    3)     Click “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Version 4” in the list.

    4)     Click Properties, and then click Advanced.

    5)     On the Advanced TCP/IP settings windows, go to “WINS” tab.

    6)     Under NetBIOS setting, click “Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP”, and then click OK.


    3.    Boot to clean boot and see if you can join domain:


    How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7


    4.    If you have another Windows 7 client which is not in a domain, please also check if you can join it to this domain.


    Hope this helps. Thanks.


    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:06 AM