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Can't join server 2003 32bit enterprise domain with windows 7 64bit client

    Question

  • I have a newly built server 2003 32 bit enterprise evaluation version. I can't join domain with a windows 7 client. I can ping server from client and ping client from server. However I cant ping FQDN of server from client. I don't know if the dns configurations on the server are correct. This is the first time I have ever installed and configured server from scratch. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    Monday, June 18, 2012 7:06 PM

Answers

  • 1. In the TCP/IP properties there should be DNS that contains RR of Active Directory.

    2. Test AD with

    netdiag /fix /debug

    (This creates netdiag.log. Look into it for "fail")

    3. For sure, issue

    ipconfig /flushdns

    4. For test purposes disable firewall(s)

    5. Add domain suffix into TCP/IP properties.

    6. Force Windows 7 to use SMB version 1.

    If you still cannot join,

    7. Use domain\admoinistrator syntax when joining AD

    8. Use network monitor to catch the network traffic between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003 (Domain controller.)

    Regards

    Milos

    Monday, June 18, 2012 9:29 PM

All replies

  • 1. In the TCP/IP properties there should be DNS that contains RR of Active Directory.

    2. Test AD with

    netdiag /fix /debug

    (This creates netdiag.log. Look into it for "fail")

    3. For sure, issue

    ipconfig /flushdns

    4. For test purposes disable firewall(s)

    5. Add domain suffix into TCP/IP properties.

    6. Force Windows 7 to use SMB version 1.

    If you still cannot join,

    7. Use domain\admoinistrator syntax when joining AD

    8. Use network monitor to catch the network traffic between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003 (Domain controller.)

    Regards

    Milos

    Monday, June 18, 2012 9:29 PM
  • When you run "ipconfig /all" do you see any ip address under DNS server on the client windows 7 computer.

    If you don't then you will need to set DNS manually on the client and then you should be able to join the domain. (Your DNS server is probably your server 2003)

    Monday, June 18, 2012 9:40 PM
  • Sorry for the delayed reply but I did find out exactly the issues that prevented my windows 7 pro client from joining server 2003 enterprise domain. I disable the server firewall and was able to join windows 7 client machine to domain without incident. I then researched the appropiate firewall ports exceptions for ad, dns, dhcp, and all other services needed for my custom setup and everything worked fine. I really appreciate all help rendered and assistance given here. Thanks Milos and Brano. I needed this setup because I'm studying for various MS certs. I have Server running 2003 enterprise and 4 clients running XP Pro, Vista Ultimate, and Windows 7 Pro.
    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7:59 PM
  • Could u pls post what were the issues preventing Windows 7from joining server 2003 and any instructions on how you resolved them and the respective firewall ports you enabled.
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:04 PM