Can't Join SBS2003 Domain from XP Pro Client

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Reed, Jul 3, 2004.

  1. Reed

    Reed Guest

    I have an XP Pro client that can't join the domain. From
    the client side, when I use the NetworkID wizard from My
    Computer, I get an "Access Denied" error. When I try
    using the ConnectComputer through IE, it leads me through
    the process of selecting the user and the computer name
    (both are defined on the server), but at the end, it just
    says that an error was encountered.

    Other computers and servers in our office have joined the

    Any ideas?


    Reed, Jul 3, 2004
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  2. What exact error?

    What IP address is it getting when it's having this error? Is in the
    range of the server?
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz SBS Rocks [MVP], Jul 3, 2004
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  3. Reed

    N. Hughes Guest

    Iif your scenario was an inplace upgrade, we experienced the exact same
    problem earlier in the year. After losing lots of
    sleep, and despite posting to this NG seeeking help, the answer (for us) was
    found in a third-party NG. It involved resetting the local security policy
    on the XP Pro machine
    back to default values. The steps we followed were:

    1. Change the computer name to "whatever" and then join the PC to the
    workgroup "WORKGROUP"
    2. Restart the computer and log on locally as the administrator
    3. Make sure the OS has all the latest patches.
    4. Start>Run>mmc> then add "Security Configuration and Analysis" and
    "Security Templates" snap-ins.
    5. Click on the Security Configuration and Analysis node and follow the
    instructions on the right to "Create a new database."
    6. Import the Setup Security Template
    7. Apply the template, reboot
    8. Now try to Join the PC to the new Domain
    9. If you continue to get the error, restart the PC and rerun steps 4-8.

    If the PC was a member of an SBS2K domain, you don't need to
    run the "connectcomputer" wizard on the ws as suggested when creating new
    computer accounts; join the domain manually. Sure, your browser won't
    default to companyweb but, heck!


    Norm Hughes
    N. Hughes, Jul 3, 2004
  4. Reed

    billyw Guest

    good information...
    i've had no end of issues with various different XP pro's connecting to sbs.
    win2k and win98 no problem... xp.. it's a coin toss if it will connect first
    billyw, Jul 3, 2004
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