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Domain controller issue with Win8 and Server 2003...

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by SolidSonicTH View Post
    My boss figured out how to solve it. Apparently we had to assign something as the primary DNS that we otherwise NEVER use as the primary DNS to make it join the domain properly. For some reason, this worked (I don't even think that computer IS a DNS server) and our Windows 8 PC now functions correctly (it even mapped drives via script, which is something I didn't expect to work in Windows 8).
    Having to change the DNS again, I've seen this before but it makes no sense, that's why I mentioned entering the DNS servers into IPv4 properties which is highlighted in the quote below. This seems to make a difference on some systems but I'm still not sure why it's not picking it up from the Domain server.

    Maybe you can let us know where these DNS servers needed to be typed in and which DNS you had to use for this. Thanks for reporting back in.

    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I can't say for certain why it's forgetting the credentials and requires you to sign in each time, although that may be controlled by the Admin through the GPE.

    As for the DNS problem, your problem may be different but I've seen similar complaints and apparently it helps to manually add the Domain's DNS servers to the IPv4 properties of the network adaptor you are trying to connect with.

    Other connection problems with Server 03 can be solved by clicking on the link. This may help with the drive mapping problem.

    https://www.eightforums.com/network-s...2k-server.html

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  2. #12


    Florida
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center x64


    You just type in the DNS servers in the place you always visit (Adapter Properties->[Right click the adapter you want to change]->Properties->IPv4 Configuration). The bottom part of the pop-up box lets you assign DNS servers (make sure you tick the radio button to let you change the values in that area).

    We do this for all the computers we add to the domain but to fix the Windows 8 PC we had to add a DNS server that's within our subnet, not the larger network we normally get our DNS assignments from (the DHCP server is one managed by the network we're a part of, not our own internal network, which also manages other smaller networks in the county government). I don't know if it's passing through our server to force this one to get its IP address from the county's DHCP but if it is that's a feature I wasn't aware was possible in Server 2003.
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  3. #13


    Ok so the fix was to type in the DNS servers of the actual Domain subnet it's trying to connect with. Which was more or less what I was trying to say here. Thanks for clarifying this so everyone can use this information when they have a similar problem.


    As for the DNS problem, your problem may be different but I've seen similar complaints and apparently it helps to manually add the Domain's DNS servers to the IPv4 properties of the network adaptor you are trying to connect with.
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  4. #14


    Florida
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center x64


    Yes but as I said the computer we targeted to my knowledge doesn't hand out IP addresses.

    There is something unquestionably different about Windows 8 that made our usual domain setup procedure not work this time around.
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  5. #15


    Florida
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center x64


    I'd like to maybe look at this issue again.

    I noticed that, though I can join the domain by using this DNS address, I can't access any PC beyond our firewall (which makes sense; if the PC is getting its IP address from a computer inside the firewall then it's going to be a part of that subnet). We have a couple PCs in our network that act as web servers for one reason or another and I won't be able to visit those computers unless I change my DNS setting BACK to the DNS server that wouldn't let me join the domain.

    If I do this while I'm in the domain (by using the firewalled DNS address), then I stay in the domain as long as nothing severs the network link. However, if the network link is broken (say...shutting down the computer) without using the firewalled DNS server then I can't join the domain until I set it back to that address (it calls it a private network and not a domain network but switching it to the internal DNS address suddenly makes it join the domain).

    Very strange how all this works.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I am very confused by this issue. I have the same problems you experienced on our new Windows 8 Pro PC. I changed the IPv4 Properties to use the specific DNS address but no luck. Could it be a conflict with our existing GPOs?
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by WinchElect199 View Post
    I am very confused by this issue. I have the same problems you experienced on our new Windows 8 Pro PC. I changed the IPv4 Properties to use the specific DNS address but no luck. Could it be a conflict with our existing GPOs?
    Have you tried using the adjustments outlined in the following link?

    https://www.eightforums.com/network-s...tml#post177162
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