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Windows cannot connect domain either domain controller is down or otherwise unavailable or because your computer was not found

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    when i try to log on my computer i get that message" windows cannot connect domain either domain controller is down or"

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The resolution and workaround to solve the error is as below.

  1. Login to the Windows 2003 domain controller, and delete the computer account object from the Active Directory by using Microsoft Management Console (MMC) which you can always access from “Manage Your Server”.
  2. Log-in to the PC workstation as local administrator. If you cannot logon as local administrator, try to unplug the network cable and logon to the computer by using a domain administrator user that used to logon on the PC before, by using cached logon credentials feature.
  3. Go to Control Panel, then click on System icon, then go to Computer Name tab.
  4. Unjoin the computer from the domain by clicking on “Change”. You should see that Domain button is now selected. Remember your domain name in the text box. Select (Click) on “Workgroup” to remove the computer from the domain, and put any workgroup name in the text box (e.g. workgroup).
  5. Click OK to exit.
  6. Restart the computer (optional)
  7. Go back to the Control Panel, launch System properties and then go to Computer Name tab, and click on “Change”.
  8. Rejoin the domain by uncheck the Workgroup button and select (check) Domain button, and put in the domain name noted above into the text box.
  9. Click OK to exit.
  10. Reboot the PC.
This should solve the unable to logon to domain error, without changing or losing the user profiles on AD.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

  • sanjay kumar jha Jan 17, 2011

    thanks sir
    its working .
    now i can login on my computer by using server account.
    thanks

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Try to ping DC Computer ip, if it ping then restart your Computer and try Again
if it does not ping then check with Internal Settings

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This is usually becauseof the DNS configuration at the client computer.

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Sometimes, after extended periods of time when a computer which is a member of an Active Directory domain was taken offline and then brought online, or when some sort of cloning or imaging method or even a virtualization software snapshot mechanism was used on a domain member, you may get an error similar to this
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Sanjay Limbu's solution worked for me. In active directory, under computers... the computer name was disabled and had a big red X on it. Right click and enable this computer... bam, the user could log back in. You do not have to remove the PC from the domain or the user from the active directory list.

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This is usually a computer trust issue, if the computer was previously used to logon to the network and has been rebuilt or had in problems it can have trust issues. First way would be to change the computer name and add the DNS Prefix for your domain. ex desktop.abc.com to desktop1.abc.com. when prompted it is best to use the domain admin or equivalent to make the change and then reboot.

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