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No longer can add computers to domain

By kyle.phillips ·
We have a client that has a 2000 server using active directory which we have been able to add new computers to the their domain in the past. They have just recently purchased new computers and all of a sudden adding new computers to the domain the server refuses the join. The only error we see is that we cannot join the domain from the client and the message The specified server cannot perform the requested operation". What can we look at on why this could be happening. One new computer is a windows 2003 server but is NOT acting as a PDC, active direcotory or anything as such to our knowledge except for just a server level machine for backups and such. Please help.

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by haileyan In reply to No longer can add compute ...

By default Active Directory allows regular users to add up to 10 (I think) computer to the domain. This is set in system policies.

Policy Location:
Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment

Determines which groups or users can add workstations to a domain. This policy is valid only on domain controllers. By default, any authenticated user has this right and can create up to 10 computer accounts in the domain.

Give this user specific rights to add computers to the domain and he can do so to his hearts content.

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by haileyan In reply to

mqake sure you are setting this policy in Active directory Users and computers and not Local Policies.

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