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Logging on to a domain server

I have a server 08 that i use with my router and switch i have been trying to log my computer onto the server but no success i know i did everything right from routing and remote installing dhcp and dns roles i just don't understand why it's not letting me log my computers onto the domain i created any help would be appreciated thank you.
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  1. Have you joined your client computers to the domain? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Yf9AqqqIQ

    Here is a good guide on configuring a DC. Double check you done everything - http://www.sysadmintutorials.com/tutorials/microsoft/windows-2008-r2/how-to-setup-a-windows-2008-r2-domain-controller/

    If you have done everything correctly... why can't you log in? Are you getting an error message?

    And just in case its trying to log you on locally try your username like so:
    DomainName\Username
  2. casper1973 said:
    Have you joined your client computers to the domain? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Yf9AqqqIQ

    Here is a good guide on configuring a DC. Double check you done everything - http://www.sysadmintutorials.com/tutorials/microsoft/windows-2008-r2/how-to-setup-a-windows-2008-r2-domain-controller/

    If you have done everything correctly... why can't you log in? Are you getting an error message?

    And just in case its trying to log you on locally try your username like so:
    DomainName\Username
    It's saying the following error occurred attempting to join the domain with 'domain name' the network path was not found what could cause this i need help on this.
  3. Could be an issue with DNS. Have you configured the DNS role on the server?

    I would try setting a static IP & DNS on the client machines. If your router is still handling DHCP it's probably giving clients its own address as the DNS.

    Clients must be configured to use your server as the DNS otherwise joining the domain will fail.
  4. casper1973 said:
    Could be an issue with DNS. Have you configured the DNS role on the server?

    I would try setting a static IP & DNS on the client machines. If your router is still handling DHCP it's probably giving clients its own address as the DNS.

    Clients must be configured to use your server as the DNS otherwise joining the domain will fail.


    So how would you solve this problem because i want to keep the router so wireless clients can access the internet as well as LAN lines?
  5. Best answer
    You can use DHCP to assign addresses for your clients, but you need to make sure that the primary DNS server address your clients receive is the IP address of your domain controller. Otherwise, they will not find the server during the domain join process. If DNS is set up correctly on your server, you will have internet access as all external requests will be forwarded to your ISP.
  6. DerekVGH said:
    You can use DHCP to assign addresses for your clients, but you need to make sure that the primary DNS server address your clients receive is the IP address of your domain controller. Otherwise, they will not find the server during the domain join process. If DNS is set up correctly on your server, you will have internet access as all external requests will be forwarded to your ISP.


    Do you know of some video tutorials and some documents that could help me out on setting up and making sure the DNS is setup right as well as the DHCP thank you.
  7. This video goes into a lot of detail about how DNS works - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8crmwK-hM6M

    This one is more to the point - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x32Len_bT4
  8. casper1973 said:
    This video goes into a lot of detail about how DNS works - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8crmwK-hM6M

    This one is more to the point - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x32Len_bT4


    Can you tell me something how come on a computer hooked to my network when i ping my domain it comes out with a totally different ip address than what i assigned to my static ip address but when i ping it on my server or use the static it comes back good but it also looks like it's connected to another domain?
  9. Have you disable dns and dhcp on router and setup server to do this ?
  10. casper1973 said:
    This video goes into a lot of detail about how DNS works - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8crmwK-hM6M

    This one is more to the point - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x32Len_bT4


    Anonymous said:
    Have you disable dns and dhcp on router and setup server to do this ?


    No i haven't i thought about doing that. I also got another question to if i have a cisco switch is it possible for that switch to have a different ip address cause i noticed that when i tried to ping my static address from another computer on the network it wouldn't ping showing it was getting the request or on the same network or contacting it. It shouldn't matter what ip address you assign to your sever as long as it's on the same subnet right? and if the router is handling dhcp and dns if i setup the dhcp and dns roles would that cause problems in the server? thank you.
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