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By d.jones092 ·
When trying to add a person to the local administrator's group on a Win2k machine, we are being told that access is denied or the domain could not be contacted. This is happening even though we are on the domain and are able to navigate resources.
Here's the catch. We are dealing with a central office and several remote sites. There is no connection between the sites. Right now, all of the servers are in their own little kingdoms at each location and are configured as domain controllers. We built the Win2k Pro machine in question at the central office, then relocated it to a remote site. We are trying to do the add at the remote site when we get the message. Is this because the Win2k Pro machine is looking for a specific domain controller with a specific sid?

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by timwalsh In reply to Domain Cannot be Contacte ...

To recap, you have several remote sites that aren't connected. Each has a domain controller. Therefore, each site is its own domain (with no trust relationships between domains?)

I'm assuming you are connecting to this remote computer using VNCor some similar program.

Is the computer in question joined to the domain at the remote site? Do you have domain Administrator privileges at the remote site? Are you trying to make a local computer user account a member of the local computer administrator's group? Being "on the domain" can be interpreted several different ways.

Please gives us further details so we can give you a more exact answer.

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by jose_12650 In reply to Domain Cannot be Contacte ...

You were right. It was looking for the SID at the central office. Try joining the machine to the domain in the remote site, then add a user to the local administrator group. But if there is an existing local administrator in the machine, use thisaccount to create an additional user in the local administator group.

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by d.jones092 In reply to Domain Cannot be Contacte ...

Thanks all for the info. Something stupid was also going on. We didn't give ourselves admin privelages on the machine in question so we were really messed up. Thanks again!!

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