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How do I solve this domain controller(2012 standard)/active directory problem?

Question: How do I solve this domain controller(2012 standard)/active directory problem?

I have a network with a domain controller(2012 standard) and active directory users in one location
Also in other location i have different domain controller(2012 standard) and active directory users, There are separate domains
My problem is that i have a person who manages to connect from one location to another
Each location that has domain controller and active directory has a's about fortigate machine. This person has only user account in active directory. Local accounts of his computer are disable.
On his computer the IP adress is static.Both server and workstations are up to date.
He succeeds using the Internet to connect to other network, using administrator privileges.
This person makes changes on other computers both locations....normal changes that are made only by the network administrator.
I think it's a virus / trojan undetectable.I would like to know how can I scan servers, services from viruses / trojan undetectable and tracing how this persoon connect. From what I knew so far the user succeed
to intervene over the user's session from a different computer without the user's knowledge or realizing and make any changes he wish
Any suggestion / feedback / opinion is appreciated...thank you.

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Answer: How do I solve this domain controller(2012 standard)/active directory problem?

Welcome to the forum.
Although there might be someone here with knowledge about Active Directory etc. i think you are on the wrong forum.
I suggest that you post your questions on a Microsoft-forum instead.
This forum is for "home" users, not "corporate environment"....

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IP settings 

Subnet mask




Windows 7

IP address automatically  





error code reads 


following error occored wen DNS was queried for the servise location (SRV)

record used to locate an Active Directory Domane Controller (AD DC) for Domain



error was: "This operation returned because the timeout period expired."

code 0x000005b4 ERROR_TIMEOUT)


query was for SRV record_ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.dalek.local.

DNS server used  by this com... Read more

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Hello everyone,

So on my work laptop yesterday i got disconnected from the network, and upon trying to reconnect i had internet access but no network access, ran through some diag, was able to ping my other work station, ip,dns and dg where all fine, checked for dns records issue, none found. so i removed it from the domain and tried re-adding it, and this is where the problem is no matter what i do i cannot add this laptop on the domain. i get full internet access on the network but no network access. i know the Dns server is functioning perfectly and cant be the issue, i have also flushed dns, rebuilt tcp/Ip stack and removed all lan and wlan profiles. i am also getting a certificate error when trying to access the network on wlan.

Using my local admin here are some print screens of first the issue when trying to add the laptop back to the domain, then Ping results to my DNS server .

after removing the machine from the domain it now no longer picking up the correct DNS server.

Would assigning a new DNS record resolve the issue???

he following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for domain "":

The error was: "DNS name does not exist."
(error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)

The query was for the SRV record for

Common causes of this error include th... Read more

Answer:An active directory domain controller for the domain could not be contacted

Funny enough, we've found a handful of users on our network today unable to access local resources for the same reason!

Your DNS settings are being hijacked. They should point at your DC, but instead are pointed at a malicious DNS server hosted somewhere in Israel. Give your computer a good bath before letting play with the other children again.

We're currently in the process of mediation around here, too.

Hope that helps!

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How can I set up a LAN without using Active Directory or Domain Controller on Windows Server 2003

Answer:LAN w/o Active Directory and Domain Controller

Don't run it in domain mode. If its in workgroup mode it won't use AD and your don't need resolution to DNS to it. If you run it in domain mode you have to do the whole shabang.

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Just joined the I.T. staff at work as the assistant. Finished a new XP Pro box for a worker at one of our remote sites - named it, joined our domain, set up Outlook joined to our Exchange Server, and the Symantec Corp AV - logged in as the user, his mail worked, and all seemed ok.

I.T. Lady leaves on her vacation...

User calls in and says he can't log in anymore. (He's 150 miles away - we have Fortinet "controllers" to set up VPN's into our system.) We hassle with it, I see he's running a very old rig with 2000 Pro, new machine is XP Pro, and both have the same name... not good - and I.T. Lady told me to "name it XYZ"...

I change the name of the XP box to "XYZ2", rejoin it to the domain, and XYZ disappears from the Active Directory. He still can't log in.

Now, the Domain Controller is running 2000 Enterprise. I add the machine back into Active Directory by hand - still no go...

The machine 150 miles away is going to have to have it's name changed and rejoin the domain, I'm thinking... GRRR - means I have to "violate the prime directive" and give him the "god password" to get the name changed, or it's a road trip I don't have time to make - XP and 2K3 Server don't muck around with this stuff... they just "seem to do it".

How's my reasoning here, IT gurus? Or am I off base and need a shortcut not in the manuals?

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Hello All,

I currently have two Windows 2000 server. One is in Chicago (Primary) and one is in San Francisco (secondary). From time to time the Active Directory will sync with the other in Chicago. Unfortunetly, there is time it does not.

My question is how can I MANUALLY sync the Active Directory database so I know for sure both directory database are the same.

Meanwhile, When I make any changes I need to do both machine and it defeat the purpose of having both servers when they are not syncing properly.

Any help appreciated. Thanks for looking.


Answer:Manually Sync Active Directory Domain Controller

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I seem to spend way too much time removing and re-adding user machines to the domain because the user starts getting the "Domain Controller Not Found" error message at login.

Is there a quicker way to do this? Maybe a utility that will 'refresh' the AD configuration instead of having to remove it, go back to a workgroup, reboot, go back to AD configuration, etc....

The latter always works, but it's getting on my nerves

Answer:Active Directory - "Domain Controller Not Found"

First thing I'd look at, ensure the TCP/IP settings....including DHCP, are correct.

Server MUST look at itself as the DNS server in it's TCP/IP properties (or if more than 1 server...should be the DC)

DHCP MUST hand out the IP address of the DC as the DNS server to the clients...not the router, not the ISPs DNS servers, not OpenDNS, etc.

Perhaps DHCP on a router got enabled by accident?

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i have recently upgraded our network to win2000 without to many problems, i have only just got round to setting up our new bdc ( i know it is no longer called this) anyway I installed win2k on my new machine and it all went fine until i got to the active directory set up
i have chose to set up a child domain within the primary domain, i assume that is how i need to do it, its all a bit new to me this active directory
it all goes lovely until it starts processing the request
i am getting the following error
Active directory failed
The operation failed because:
The directory service failed to create the object
Please check the event lod for possible system errors
"An attempt was made to add an object to the directory with a name already in use"

it appears to me that its trying to add the domain name again, but i dont know why, i am simply following the instructions of the wizard.
i have spent ages going through help files and the ms website, but i still cant see why it isnt working
do i need to set up anything on the primary server before hand?
can anyone shed any light
this is so frustrating, i have followed the instructions all the way through the whole installation

Answer:active directory child domain problem

sorted now
i re-installed win 2000 server and this time i got a different option at the start of the active directory wizard asking if i wanted the server to be a additional domain controler or a domain controller on a new domain.
I never received this screen before, anyways everythings now cool

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Hi All

I am trying to get to grips with Win2K server by running a test network at home. Because of space restrictions I just have a Dell Dimension XPS T500 (PIII, 128MB) running W2K Server and connected directly (NIC to NIC) with a crossover cable to a Toshiba Portege (also PIII) running W2K Professional. I have successfully (I think) set up Active Directory on the Server and have got to a point where the client gets the correct DHCP address from the client with DNS configured etc.
The problem I am having at the moment is adding the computer to the domain. When I go to the network ID section in W2KP and change properties, it tells me that it cannot locate the domain. I can see the domain in Network Neighborhood but cannot access it from there.
Any ideas on how to proceed?
The Server name is "Server" and the domain name is "Domain" (very imaginative I know). The full DNS name is server.domain.local.
I assume I only need to enter DOMAIN as domain name on W2K client??

Answer:{Solved} - Problem adding computer to W2K domain and using Active Directory


No. If you have set up the AD, then you need to use the fully qualified Domain name (ie. "domain.local").

Also, and this is vitally important... have you set up the DHCP server to send it's IP address as the DNS server, or have you setup the W2K pro client to use the server as it's DNS server? See, W2K works on Dynamic DNS. It's like WINS, in a DNS format. It is important that the W2K client can see the DNS server and know where it is.


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Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

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When ever I run "DCPROMO" and go through the active dirctory for domain wizard it locks up after is asks me for the domain name. It will just sit and and go into not responding. Ocasionaly when I flush the DNS in the command prompt it lets me by and doent lock but that does not work all the time. If anyone knows why this occurs and has a remedy for this issue please post. Thanx


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Hello, I am trying to print over the network. I can send test pages, print using adobe, and see the printer I am connected to with the find new printer wizard.

But for some reason, when I print with MS Office, the printer does not show up in the list, and when I try to find the printer through MS Office, I get an error saying the Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable.

Can anyone help? I'm running windows 7. Thanks.


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I would be grateful for any help the forum may have with a knotty problem. Win 7 64 bit, Thinkpad W510. Canon MX700 printer on the home office network. Printer working fine for several years with both the laptop and the Win7 64 desktop, no problems with
any function, print, fax scan. The Canon software created a dedicated network port, on both desktop and laptop, "Canon BJ Network Port", number as CNBJNP_(followed by the MAC address, colons removed).

Suddenly the laptop cannot print anything, from Office, Notepad, web page nothing. Ran a test page, came back fine, "you have correctly installed your printer". Anything I try to print, error message "Printer not responding". Did a communication
check and got this message: "The Active Directory Domain Services is unavailable". (Printer is working fine with desktop PC FYI). I checked everything suggested in forums, Print Spooler (fine- on automatic and running everytime I check). Network
functionality is fine between the Thinkpad, router and desktop PC, no problem accessing internet, transferring files to/from desktop etc. MS Support level 1 tech tried what he could find in his database, uninstalled printer, uninstalled Norton, deleted drivers
(I think), reinstalled. Now the Canon installation software sees the printer but cannot create the network port and installation stalls.
In other forums I see many people with this problem but no definitive solution. I would be very gratefu... Read more

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Hello everyone.

A while back before I knew better I gave a client of mine an active directory domain that ended in .org and did not exist on the internet at the time. Now, I'm discovering in the DNS event log at regular intervals errors about how the computers in the internal domain are unable to register in the DNS server of the web domain of the same name. So, my question is whether there is something I can do to change the Active Directory domain so that I don't get those errors anymore.
They're running Windows 2003 server standard with Active Directory, roaming profiles, routing and remote access for VPN, DHCP server, standard fileserver, and print server. I may have missed one or two things but likely I haven't. The server has itself as the primary DNS server though it's not the 127 address it's the actual IP. The secondary server is the router but I have the DHCP giving out the servers for as options 3 and 4 after the Domain Controller and the router but I had the problem before adding the entries.
Anyone know why the local DNS server is trying to register entries in the DNS server of the web domain? Anyone have any ideas on how I can go about fixing it?


P.S. if this is a question more appropriate for another area feel free to move it.

Answer:Oops! my active directory domain is the same as an actual web domain.


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Tribg to get my printer working from my Vista laptop through my XP base unit. I keep on getting the error message 'The active directory domain services is currently unavailable'

My laptop can see the printer, I have installed the drivers on the laptop, ticked all the boxes I can find and still no go.

How do I sort out this problem. Any ideas folks?



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I receive the error meassage, 'the active directory domain services is currently unavailable" when I go to find printer. please help

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I'm having problems connecting a printer to my laptop. The printer was working but when my laptop went away for repair it did not work on its return.

The printer works on my macbook and my PC running Vista however it will not run on the laptop running Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

I think it is something to do with the fact that my printer is on a network somewhere?? some how but I haven't a clue what to do.

When I try to add the printer using the add printer wizard it cannot locate the printer even though its switched on etc...

I haven't a clue why it won't work can someone try to help.

By the way I have tried downloading the drivers from the Epson website but when I press print it sends it to the print queue which then clears but no print!!!!

Answer:Active Directory Domain not available

is the laptop on a network or domain? it sounds like they either joined or removed your laptop from a domain.
How to tell:

Right click "Computer" and choose properties

you should see "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings"

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I am wondering if it is possible to have particular AD contact objects add into the address book for only particular users. I would be surprised if it weren't possible, and I have a feeling I would have to modify the Security permissions on the object. I took a look and there were a lot of entries from Exchange and others I've never seen before -- so basically I don't know what I would need to remove or add to get this to work. I'll give it a test later by removing everything and add a test dummy account with full access / appropriate permissions and see if it automatically adds into said account's address book.

Answer:Active Directory 2012 'Contact' object: possible to have it only add for one user?

Are these user accounts or contacts? You could use the HidefromGAL attribute, but it wouldn't be targeted.

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Question to the [H] experts... Does a XP workstation on Active Domain go to DNS or Active Directory first when looking up a printer?

Background info on our problem:

We've got an issue where XP workstations have an issue with accessing printers. What happens is when you send out a print job, there is a varying long delay (30sec to 5min+) when printing.

All of the workstations are connected to Active Directory. The printers do not exist in AD. The printers exist in an environment alias servername which is within DNS which is basically another network system altogether.

Any insight on this would be appreciated.

Answer:XP on Active Directory Domain Printing: DNS or AD first?

So you are accessing these printers via a printer share ie: \\server01\myPrinter ? And you say that your server is not part of AD? Like file sharing, accessing things out of domain is painful as it tries to use the current users AD credentials to access anything remotely. That would be my first guess as to what is causing the slow down. It has nothing to do with DNS if you can perform a lookup for the server with no problem.

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How do I make the active directory domain services become available?? It says its unavailable....

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I did this without really thinking much about it while following a guide on how to setup Active Directory in server 08. I put as the active directory domain. Is this a security issue with doing this???

If so what should i change it to??

I planning to setup exchange on server08 also.

Thanks in advance. As Active Directory Domain Ok?

internal network domain names are usually ending with .local, .priv, etc, theres no problem with having a .com domain name for your network, but not everyone does it that way

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I am trying to add my Brother printer to my new laptop but I am getting the message that the "active directory domain is currently unavailable" when it does not recognize the printer that I have or list that as an available option.

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Can someone assist me with this error?
Both Epson R260 Printers no longer communicate with either of our home business Pc. One with Xp and other Vista Os
Only recent install was PNY GeForce 210 Graphics Card on the Vista Pc.
Tried Microsoft Help, Epson, HP, and even Norton Symantec Help live remote. Plus I tried the below suggestions from another Tech Site. Still no solution.

Network set to PrivateNetwork discovery OnFile Sharing On

Answer:Active directory domain service is not available

Hello & welcome,

I have a couple of questions first: -
Which version of Norton do you have?Have you just updated the Norton software?Do you have Norton on both PC's?Is your system fully updated?What virus scans have you carried out?What has changed since it was last working?I hope you get the gist of what I am trying to get at, something has changed & I need your help to identify it.

Please post full details for your system, make, model & version of windows, home - premium & SP status etc. etc.

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Trying to print to wireless Brother printer that was working perfectly, also lost communication with Ethernet connected HP laserjet. Get errors indicating "printer offline" and Netgear WIMDR3400v2 doesn't have a driver. These printers work from other computers on the LAN, and were working until recently. I think I installed a update to the Netgear Router, and that may have been the problem, but I do not know where to go now.

Answer:Active Directory Domain Service not currently available

Is the DNS set correctly? Check your IP settings (ipconfig). Did you lose any LAN functionality on that PC other than what you stated? Open network shares, Internet problems? How are you connected to the Netgear Router?

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I own the address for my family website. For my current DC I have the domain name set up as, but I have some problems resolving DNS, and I hear this is bad practice, so I'd like to move away from it.

I see some suggesting I use a subdomain: or
I also see some suggesting am unused suffix: cortiaus.local or cortiaus.lan.

Any reason to use one or the other?

I forgot to mention that I'd like to run Exchange and service email addresses, if that makes any difference.

Answer:Picking an Active Directory domain name

I always do .local for internal domain names. A lot of the older admins I work with do the because that was what MS recommended in the NT/2000 days.
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Hi all, Im setting up a practice server at home (for work) with Server 2003. I just ran dcpromo and installed dns but I used the wrong domain name. Is it possible to change it now?

Answer:Active directory/ Domain question

Hey Tater

I've used to learn MCSE back in 2000.
As much as i remember you cannot change the name.
You will have to run it over again.
I would try to consult microsoft about it, even if you don't have a legal
copy, i think that they will answer you.

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I have a dell inspiron 15 7559. Windows 10 OS.
I been trying to use my printer HP Envy 4520. I can confirm the printer works because the printer prints with other computers and is easily detected via usb connection.
I tried uninstalling Microsoft office and reinstalling, I tried restarting printer spool service (and it was by default automatic startup), I tried removing the printer and reinstalling the drivers from the official website.
I tried connecting via usb, bluetooth and direct. Perhaps I might've done something wrong.
I've been able to print with this laptop with the same printer in the past.
In the end, whether I use notepad or Microsoft Word or any program to print, the laptop does not detect the HP 4520. If I click add/find printer, the message "Active Domain Directory Services is not available" pops up.Sorry if I posted to the wrong forum, I am new to this. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Active Domain Directory Services is not available

Run services.msc from your start box.  Look for Print Spooler -- is that service running?  If it's not -- start it -- that should solve the problem.

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I need to setup a new domain soon. In the past I have always used the .local TLD for domains. I've been reading up on how Office 365 and Active Directory integration requires the domain to have a public, top-level domain TLD.

I am curious if there are other things I need to consider beside that before deciding what to use. Is it difficult to migrate from local to public TLD if we choose to do so at a later time?

Answer:Public or private domain for Active Directory?

might be of help?

There's also a technet article, but it's more for migrating an existing infrastructure to Office 365

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Hi there!

OK, I don't believe this is possible, but I am looking for suggestions. Of course, as usual with my posts, this is pretty time sensitive, so I would prefer to not use a "policy" (too much red tape testing)...


There is one main Active Directory with Trees for various areas of the globe. So the forest is called ABC company and the Tree that belong to it are Lisbon, Paris, and New York.

I have a global security group in Paris that is in every users' pc local Admin group called Deskside support. This allows any member of this group in the Paris domain to have full admin rights when logging onto a user's computer.

I have another global security group in Lisbon that contains other IT people called Remote Support.

This is what I want to do...
I want to add Lisbon's Remote support global group to Paris' Deskside Support Global group, which in turn, although irrelevant, automatically gets populated into the user's local Administrator groups. Effectively nesting...

Question... How do I get Lisbon's group into the Paris group??? What are the steps to either do this or to another possible solution?


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i have try almost each and every solution available on google but still my problem is not solved.

done with below mention fix
Basic Printer Troubleshooting
Active Directory Domain Permission Using Notepad
Active Directory Problem through Restart Print Spooler Service

but no solution.


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My customer has a small business with 2 x HP Proliant ML110 G6 servers installed ith VMware ESX 4.1.

He has 7 Windows 7 64-bit workstations in a domain. He has a Windows 2003, 32-bit Domain Controller and 5 of the machines are in the domain. The other two are in a Workgroup and have DNS and DHCP on Windows 2003 Servers also 32-bit. All of these run as VMware Virtual Servers on the Proliants.

The workstations in the Domain are all Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Everything has been working well for almost 3 years. A few weeks ago, they setup an extra server but decided that the VMware Server that the DC was on, was running low on memory, so they Cloned the Windows 2003 DC to the other VMware server. They say that everything was fine until they discovered that the shared printers no longer worked and various other problems.

That was when I got involved. When I checked Control Panel --> System --> Advanced System Settings --> Computer Name, it shows the Full Computer name (plus domain), the Domain BUT...

The Network ID is greyed out but the Change Button is OK. If I click the Change Button, Member of Domain shows the domain name, but it's greyed out.

I shut down the cloned Domain Controller and started up the original one, but this didn't make any difference.

I tried taking one of the workstations out of the domain, but when I tried to put it back, the Domain stayed greyed out, so no way to put it back in. Netdom is also missing from all the workstations.

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Answer:A really strange error with Active Directory Domain.

First you should never Clone a DC, to make a new DC, you install Windows Server and then run DCPRomo the new one. Then if you don't want the original, you run DCpromo to stop it from becoming a DC.

On a DC, I would expect some Domain settings to be greyed out as they cannot be changed once a server is a domain controller. The only way to to get at some of the settings is to reboot the server into safe mode (or Directory Services Recovery mode) by pressing F8 when it boots.

Have you had a look at the Event Viewer console esp DFS, DNS and Directory SErvices logs to see what it is complaining about?

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I have an active directory domain on my home lab. lets say its called example.local. If i wanted to set up an exchange server, how does my example.local name relate to email addresses? Lets say I wanted all email addresses to have instead of example.local. How is this done? I've Googled with no luck because i think my terminology is bad.

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Hi, I'm new to these forms, my name is Kcaz.

Today I was trying to add wireless printers to my computer (Toshiba running Windows 7 64 bit). At home, I have one wireless printer (Cannon) which works fine. To install that i think I downloaded the drivers from a CD.

Now I was trying to download the drivers for the printers at school. They are all connected through the main internet network. I've seen people (mac) download the drivers wirelessly, and I wanted to do the same. So in Microsoft Word 2007, when I press print, then in the window "Find Printer" an error comes up that says "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable". It doesn't matter where I try it, home or school, i guess the problem is within the computer.

I tried to google this, but the responses are all about how people can't print, or another related, but not relevant problem.

Is there anyway to fix this?

Answer:The Active Directory Domain Services -error

Sounds like the computer it not set up to print. As in not connected to the print network.


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I recently had to replace my hard drive. I reinstalled Office and Outlook on the hard drive. All the printer drivers were lost, even though I used Carbonite backup. When I try to get Word to recognize a downloaded printer driver under Find Printer, I get "Active Domain Directory Services currently unavailable," along with an obnoxious clanging sound. I don't know where to go from there. Any ideas?

Answer:Active Domain Directory Service Unavailable

Hello eaconnor,
Take a look at this post, it may help with your problem.

The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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My HP Photosmart C7280 All-in-One printer is no longer printing unless I print a test page from within the HP software. I get the following message "The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable"

I have completely uninstalled the printer, downloaded new HP software and reinstalled the printer. I am able to scan to my PC. My other printer is fine.

Any ideas?


Answer:The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable

Is the 7280 selected as your default printer?

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I was trying to get my Brother DCP-385C multi-function printer to work properly. It was not not printing at all, after re-installation to fix a "wrong colour" print fault. After the re-installation, when I tested for printing and clicked "Find Printer" in the print window (something I had not bothered with previously), I got a window called Find in the Directory and reporting: "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable". Can anyone tell me if this is important? If it is, how do I fix it please? The printer is still not working. firegamp

Answer:Active Directory Domain Services query

It's a standard Windows feature, nothing to worry about.

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Hi - Fixing my elderly father's W7/64 desktop. Attempting to print form MS Word to an HP3390 does not give any errors but does not print, either. Attempting to "find printer" from MS Word gives "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable." I went to services.msc to turn on that service but it does not appear in the list. Driver for the printer is already included in Windows 7, according to the HP support site. Printer is USB connected directly to the computer.

BTW Computer is running MW Word 2003 if that makes any difference.

Any ideas/advice? Thanks!

Answer:The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable

Try this?
The above notwithstanding, I just went through all the same hoops here - in my case trying to get my laptop to hook up with the HP printer attached via USB to a desktop on the network. Inevitably with HP printers, I went to hell and back trying to install it, and just at just about the point where I was ready to attempt to fling the printer over the horizon - it inexplicably connected and printed just fine.

I think at some point I have been there with almost every printer I have ever owned. Why you can perform the same operation 19 times and get a different result on the 20th ... I have no idea.

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I have already printed from this laptop before but now the printer is gone from the printers and devices. I cant click on it or add it.

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I have a Canon PIXMA MX700 All-in-One Printer that no longer is working since I connected to new PC with Windows 7 (64-bit). I can locate the printer but the computer will not recognize it when trying to use it.
When I go to print it shows ?No printers installed?. So I click on ?Add printer? and got Error Message: ?The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable". Then I went to the Canon website and asked for help. They emailed back: ?Please try the following to resolve the issue:
1. Click Start.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. Click System and Security.
4. Click Administrative Tools.
5. Click Services.
6. Right click the Active Directory Domain service and click Start or Restart.?
But when I got to ?Click Services?, there was no ?Active Directory Domain service?. I searched my computer for this and it does not exist. Canon said to contact Microsoft to resolve this problem before I could install my printer.
So, what is ?Active Directory Domain service?? Why isn?t it on my computer? And how do I get it?

Answer:Active Directory Domain service missing

Worth a look, .


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I need some peeps opinions on this...

Our company belongs to parent company and our domain is part of an AD forest. We now need to remove our domain from the forest so we have a separate forest of our own.

Does anyone know if this is easy to do? Any experience doing this? Would appreciate your views.

Many thanks,


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I have just got a new computer running on Windows 7 64 bit. When I connected it up I forgot to attach the printer. When I tried to print something and it wouldn't, I assumed it must be that it didn't recognize the printer, an HP PSC 1317 (ie. 1310 series) so I tried to add it but it wasn't on the list and I was prompted to go to the HP site. I went there and ended up downloading 360MB of updates. Then when I tried to add the printer I got a message to say that I had to download Windows updates, which I did.

I've been all round the houses but I still can't add the printer. I get a message saying "The Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable." I don't know what to do now. Any suggestions?

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I see lots of arguments for and against use a TLD name for your Active Directory. For example, a lot of places suggest buying and using that for the website, but businessname.local for Active Directory and internal DNS. We've always used the same name for both.

Another thing I've seen is using a subdomain of my TLD for the Domain tree.

It just kind of makes me curious, since the latest versions of Windows Server and Mac OS X both use .local by default and make you change it to net/com/org. I own a domain name for my family, and I'm going to be redoing my domain controller at the house soon (SBS 2008 baby! ), so I'm wondering if I should use or cortiaus.local inside the house.

Answer:Active Directory domain name - local versus com/net/org

I've always used .local or .pri/.prv. I never understood the point in using a pubicly available domain name for something that should stay internal. You run the possibility of having a split horizon type issue; where you have to resolve the same domain/host name differently internally than externally.

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What does this mean as far as my printer not working in windows 7 64bit. I've down loaded the newest driver for my HP photosmart D5460 printer but I still can't print. I've tried many so called solutions but to no avail...Does anyone know what the problem is?


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Does anyone know of a good AD app to manage users? Reset passwords? Unlock users?

Answer:Looking for a good Active Directory Domain App for WM10.

Does anyone know of a good AD app to manage users? Reset passwords? Unlock users?

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I have 2 computers on a wireles network with an HP J5780 printer attached to one of them. It's been working fine, but I'm suddenly unable to print from MS Office applications on the non-connected system, though I can from Windows, IE, etc. I'm getting the above error message and have tried the solution provided in the previous string, to no!

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Hello,Suddenly, I am unable to print. I get the above error message. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium Edition and a Toshiba Satellite L505 Laptop and a Brothers HL1440 Printer.Need Help.Thank you.

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Desktop PC has Epson printer USB connected. Worked fine in W7. Upgraded to W10, and printer does not work - gives message "Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailable ". Connecting to HP laptop bought with W10 it works fine. Long chat session with MS Tech who tried various things on my PC did not solve a thing. Hate to carry laptop to printer or printer to laptop all the time, plus desktop had old software not installed (and unavailable now) on laptop. Help!! I could of course use Open Office word or excel, convert all files and transfer via flash drive to laptop - what a chore!! So what to do?

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Hi All,

I have a Brother HL-2142 printer hooked up to my Windows 10 pro desktop. It does not matter what program I try to print from, the printer is always offline.

I have tried to add another printer but all I get is this message. "the active directory domain services is currently unavailable windows 10"

I've done a lot of research and tried several things, even downloaded a new driver, but I can't print anything.

Any thoughts?



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Earlier today I was sending a message to a friend and suddenly this error popped up "The active directory domain services is currently unavailable", is this normal? Also, what caused it? I think I might have accidentally pressed one of Windows' shortcuts but which one is it?


Answer:"The active directory domain services is currently unavailable" - Error

What is your configuration? Are you on a network or using VPN into a network?
Keep us posted

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Desktop PC has Epson printer USB connected. Worked fine in W7. Upgraded to W10, and printer does not work - gives message "Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailable ". Connecting to HP laptop bought with W10 it works fine. Long chat session with MS Tech who tried various things on my PC did not solve a thing. Hate to carry laptop to printer or printer to laptop all the time, plus desktop had old software not installed (and unavailable now) on laptop. Help!!

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I have a Vista computer networked to an XP computer that is physically connected to a Samsung printer. I have been printing fine for 8 months now. Suddenly I am getting this error message when I try to print from the Vista computer. The Vista computer sees the Samsung just fine. The Vista computer is able to connect to the XP computer and save a word document to the XP and then print. It just can no longer send an item to print across the network anymore. Like I said, it had been printing fine. How can I make the "Active Directory Domain Service" available again?

Thank you,

Answer:Active Directory Domain Services suddenly unavailble

Try un-sharing the printer on the XP and then re-enabling the shared printer.

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Purchased my Dell Studio 1749 laptop on Mon. and trying to add my printer/copier at my office. when I go to the print page in Word 2007 there is an Find Printer button. I've used this feature before to install printers. but, when I click on the button I get this error message - Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailalbe.

Thanks for any help


Answer:active directory domain services is currently unavailable error

Quote: Originally Posted by toddjoslin

Purchased my Dell Studio 1749 laptop on Mon. and trying to add my printer/copier at my office. when I go to the print page in Word 2007 there is an Find Printer button. I've used this feature before to install printers. but, when I click on the button I get this error message - Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailalbe.

Thanks for any help


Are you on a network with a domain controller? Did you try and setup a domain or a workgroup?

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I just setup a Windows Server 2003 server (Hostname MS01), including Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP. The server is on a private LAN, no other domain controllers, DNS servers, etc are present.

The private LAN includes VMware guest OSs, Windows 2000 Adv Server servers, and Windows Server 2003 Servers.

The Windows 2000 Adv Server servers join the new domain hosted by MS01, no problem.

The Windows Server 2003 systems cannot join the domain. The following message is returned:

The following error occurred attempting to join the domain ...
The specified server cannot perform the requested operation

They can resolve to the domain name, but the domain basically is refusing them from joining.

All servers have the same administrator login/password.

All servers can resolve hostnames through the DNS server.

Any ideas?

Jack Loganbill

Answer:Cannot Join Win Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

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Hi All,

I have a Brother HL-2142 printer hooked up to my Windows 10 pro desktop. It does not matter what program I try to print from, the printer is always offline.

I have tried to add another printer but all I get is this message. "the active directory domain services is currently unavailable windows 10"

I've done a lot of research and tried several things, even downloaded a new driver, but I can't print anything.

Any thoughts?



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I have windows 8.1 no printer- active directory domain services is unavailable

Answer:no printer- active directory domain services is unavailable

>>no printer- active directory domain services is unavailable
Before going further, would you please elaborate under what circumstances this happened? Did the printer previously work properly? At this moment, we can follow the reply provided by Leo Huang to troubleshoot this issue.
Can't print. Error message: Active Directory Domain Service is currently unavailable
Best regards,
Frank Shen

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- I have created GPO in domain to bloc usb drive but it didn't work with window 8.1 or latter, window 7 work fine. why?

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Running Vista Home Prem on Compaq notebook with Office 2007. Connected to HP C-4180 printer with NO networking.
Until today there have been no problems. Today when trying to print from either Word or Excel I get "The Active Directory Domain services is currently unavailable" message. From all non-Office programs I can print without problem. I am a dumb user who needs to send out billing backup data so I would appreciate help, especially if it is either not couched in tech terms or is a step by step "instruction".

Answer:Solved: Active Directory Domain service curently unavailable

Try adding the printer using administrator-level privileges:
Go into Control Panel and select Printers
Delete your HP C-4180 printer you currently have added
On the left side of the window, there should be a folder tree. Find 'Printers' in the tree (it should already be highlighted since you are currently viewing that folder), right click on it, select Run as Administrator, then select Add Printer from the submenu that opens up.
Go through the process of adding the printer again


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Good morning.

We've established a number of group policies in our AD domain.

The problem we are having is that a number of them apply in some computers and in some not, in a seemingly random fashion.

This happens with all types of group policies, either startup scripts or all sorts of configurations via templates.

Any ideas on where to look into to solve this problem?

Answer:Group policies randomly apply at my Active Directory domain.

Event logs are your first line of diagnostics. Local workstation event logs first, then move on to the domain controllers. I'd check to make sure file replication is occurring correctly.

Next I'd check to make sure the FSMO and GC are set correctly. Then, I'd verify that the local workstations haven't managed to block a necessary port via their firewall.

Are your trouble workstations consistent? Always the same ones?

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active directory domain service unavailable - Cant get printer to work

My printer worked fine previously, then suddenly it failed to print, cant add as hardware, tried reinstalling driver and told cant get info from server...

this is as simple wired networked printer...a Samsung ML2580N

Any help would be appreciated...

only thing I added recently was VMware player, which may or may not have been responsible for my audio to stop working ( which is now fixed )

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active directory domain service unavailable - Cant get printer to work

My printer worked fine previously, then suddenly it failed to print, cant add as hardware, tried reinstalling driver and told cant get info from server...

this is as simple wired networked printer...a Samsung ML2580N

Any help would be appreciated...

only thing I added recently was VMware player, which may or may not have been responsible for my audio to stop working ( which is now fixed )

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HP 3015 All-in-One has worked fine for years, plugged into wife's PC. Yesterday it stopped communicating and the error message; "Active Directory Domain Services unavailable" is cryptic. This error is discussed in various internet fora but no solution found is pertinent to my problem.

Printer prints a test page from itself - i.e. machine is apparently functional
uninstalled and reinstalled printer. After re-install there are issues and the troubleshooter fixes them and sets printer as default. It still does not respond to PC calls, which appear in the queue with Error.
Windows up to date with SP1.
No new driver available from HP.

Answer:Active Directory Domain Services unavailable - print error

have you tried installing the printer driver through windows update (if available?)

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I just installed a network printer, KodakESP9200+0058. It works for Word and Notepad, but not with Excel. When I try to print on Excel, the name of the printer is not listed. When I click on "Find Printers", I receive a "Find in the Directory" message of "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable." Can anyone help?

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Processor Count: 2
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Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, 512 Mb
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Hi all,
I am currently helping my company prototype automated Windows installation via network. I am using Server 2008r2 and Windows Deployment Services with Windows 7 as the
OS being installed on the client computer. Everything works fine EXCEPT joining the client PC to the domain. DNS is configured correctly, client computer is already prestaged in Active Directory Computers as the user "Client1" with a password of
"password". I have posted my unattend xml file and the relevant section of the Panther/UnattendGC setupact.log and setuperr.log files. 
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: Begin
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: Loading input parameters...
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: AccountData = [NULL]
2017-06-29 09:25:04, Info                         [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended
Join: UnsecureJoin = [NULL]
2017-06-29 0... Read more

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correct me if im wrong. in the NT 4 domain days, a file server that has a shared folder, will first create a machine local group on the computer. assign permissions to the file share to that machine local group. add global groups in the machine local group. and finally users in the global group.

in 2k native domain, i have a file server w/shared folder. create a domain local group in the active directory. assign permissions to that domain local group on the shared folder. add global groups in the domain local group. then add users to the global group.

can i substitute a machine local group to the domain local group??? what is the best practice??

also read that i can change from DL or global groups into universal, but not universal back to DL or global. but i tried it out, and it didn't complain when i change from universal to global. what gives??

Answer:question about w2k active directory groups (domain local, global, etc.)

I am lazy I make Local Group assign the users to it then Make that Part of Doman Group. Much easier to change Local groups then domain groups.

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So anytime I take a laptop out of my job, which uses a windows 2000 server based domain, all attempts to access the web will fail when connected to any wifi or wired network.

If you go hunting through the registry you can delete references to our dns server and domain name until web connections go through.

When doing an ipconfig, our domain name appears under Primary Dns Suffix and #1 on the DNS Suffix Search List (does this matter?)

Is there an app or util to easily clear these settings, or something we can do to prevent having to spend 10mins deleting keys out of the registry? We don't define anything other that WSUS settings in the Active Directory settings, so I'm unsure as to why we even have this problem.


Answer:How to easily clear active directory domain settings to use outside wifi / wired lan?

Ask your company's network admin. They will be up to date on the company policy regarding this, and have the technical knowledge needed to do it.

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I've just installed Active Directory on my Windows 2012 R2 server and my Windows 8/10 machines connect perfectly, but Linux and OSX can't seem to connect.

The AD server's computer name is "DC01" and I used the following commands to install AD:
Install-WindowsFeature AD-Domain-Services –IncludeManagementTools

Install-ADDSForest -DomainName "" -DomainNetbiosName "example" DomainMode Win2008R2 -ForestMode Win2008R2 -InstallDns

If I understand correctly, my active domain FQDN is ****. The domain is real and registered on the internet, but the subdomain doesn't exist anywhere. When I enter the domain to join in Windows 8/10, I enter that name and it joins perfectly. However, when I try any other operating system (OSX, Linux, VMware, etc) it fails.

Does anything look wrong? I'm using the AD server as my DNS server as well.

I'm getting errors such as:

KRB5 Error code: -1765328164 (Message: Cannot resolve network address for KDC in realm EXAMPLE.COM)


Answer:Did I setup Active Directory correctly? (re: OSX, Linux, Vmware can't join domain)

Does your AD server have itself listed as the DNS Server ?

It need to be able to resolve all the dc_RPC records, etc. which are present in the Domains DNS.

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Hi, I have a T61p w/ Windows Vista Ultimate.  I recently had to restore my hard drive, and since then, I can't connect to my wireless printer (HP J6480).  It's new, so I've only done it a few times, but previously, I was able to just select the printer from Word by clicking on the add printer option.  Now it says, "The Active Directly Domain Service is Currently Unavailable."  What does this mean?  Can anyone help?  I tried adding the printer through the Device Manager, and I get error 0x00000643. Thank you!

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I just got a Dell Optiplex 755 Core 2 Duo 2.33ghz with 8gb ram, 120gb hard drive, 1gbit ethernet, and running Server 2012 R2 Standard as the OS for the domain controller. Will this system be sufficient as a full time domain controller for a home network on this OS? I hope it's fast enough to do what's needed. I also plan to remotely manage it. The computer was $150 as configured, including the ram I had to order for it.

It's not ECC ram, would this be a problem?

Answer:Server 2012 R2 domain controller computer minimum?

Way more than good enough. The DC VMs I use for home as 1 vCPU and 1.5GB of RAM each. You can run a DC off an intel NUC for home use.

Non-ECC is not really an issue in this case.

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Windows 2012 Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed and gave the below error(In computer management local group and user option is not there as suggested by a solution!)

"Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed. The local Administrator account becomes the domain Administrator account when you create a new domain. The new domain cannot be created because the local Administrator account password
does not meet requirements.

Currently, the local Administrator password is blank, which might lead to security issues. We recommend that you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, use the net user command-line tool, or use Local Users and Groups to set a strong password for the local Administrator
account before you create the new domain."

Answer:Windows 2012 Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed

You need to have a password before you begin. Arnav Sharma | Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading
the thread.

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I'm trying to remotely shutdown another PC in my home from my Desktop PC.

My Desktop PC is 64bit Win7 Home, but I don't think it matters, since a Google search shows every version of Windows AFTER XP has this problem.

I have the Win10 Preview running on a computer in another room. I'd like to be able to shut it down remotely from my primary (Win7) computer. To do this, I run "shutdown /I" from the command prompt. The dialog appears but when I try to "Browse" the network for the other PC, I get an error message telling me:

"Active Directory Domain Services unavailable"

This happens whether I do this from the Win7 PC or the Win10 PC, so I know it's not a hardware or OS specific thing. It also happens if I try to do the same directly from the CLI.

I don't want to have to setup a Server just to do this one tiny thing. Any ideas? TIA.

Answer:Can't shutdown local PC. "Active Directory Domain Services unavailable"

When you say remotely do you mean Remote Desktop? If so, have you tried pressing Ctrl_Alt_End and then clicking on shutdown?

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There is a similar thread under Vista Applications:
but I am posting the problem here because I think it's a problem with MS Office 2007 rather than a Vista-networking one.

Basically, the problem is this:

If, within Word (or Excel) on our second PC, I go to "Print | Find Printer" so as to be able to use the printer connected to the main PC on our two-PC home network, I get the following error message: "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable." However, if go to "Print | Find Printer" under Windows Mail I can successfully locate the network printer and get it to print out an e-mail message.

This suggests to me that the problem is with MS Office rather than being related to the network setup under Windows Vista (Ultimate). Can anyone please suggest what I need to do in order to be able to send documents to the printer under MS Office?

Answer:Solved: MS Office: "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable."

Thanks to help from another forum I have solved this problem.

My diagnosis was wrong: it wasn't a Word/Office problem, as such, but a dodgy network installation, which I was instructed to fix as follows:

"Go into Control Panel, Printers and click Add New Printer. Click Network Printer, and then click Browse for Printer." That did the trick.

But I still don't understand why, before this fix, Windows Mail could find the network printer but Word couldn't.

Anyway, all is now OK.

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Have just reinstalled Windows 7 32 bit over Windows 7 64 bit and my computer doesn't now recognise the same printer that it recognised under the 64 bit OS. Could someone please help me with this?

Answer:Can't install printer : "Active directory domain services is curren.."

Don't know if this is relevant or not but I tried running Windows6.1-KB917607-x86.msu but this informed me that the update was already installed.

Also I have another printer attached (both are via USB) and this one isn't being detected either.

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My printer has stopped working. The PRINT seems to be OK, but then I get the msg "The Active Directory Domain Services is Currently Unavailable."

On another (possibly unrelated) topic, started giving me the message "We can't connect to right now. Please try again later." When I hit CLOSE, it comes back with "An internal error has occurred." On rare occasions, trying the SEND multiple times works!

I do get incoming emails, but I suspect I am not getting everything.

I have also posted this problem elsewhere in this forum.

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Earlier today I was sending a message to a friend and suddenly this error popped up "The active directory domain services is currently unavailable", is this normal? Also, what caused it? I think I might have accidentally pressed one of Windows' shortcuts but which one is it?

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Hi there

I cannot print and I have not been able to find the fix via existing forum threads.

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit German - Profile language is Danish (installed a week ago and completely windows updated)
Office 365 Small Business Premium
HP DV8 Laptop. i7, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM
HP LaserJet P1006 USB printer.


No matter if I try to print from IE, Notebook, Word 2013 or anything else, I cannot chose my printer (P1006).

If I try to Add Printer in Word 2013, I get the "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable" error. 

In Devices and Printers, the P1006 is visible, but there is no driver installed.

Trying to install the correct driver:
only creates a general error during installation: "Printer  Software Installer has stopped working - A problem has caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows closes the program and will notify you if a solution has been found"

I have tried all the solution software from Windows, from HP (for the laptop and for the printer) - but nothing comes up with any details or suggestions. 

What should I try?

Absolutely everything else works perfectly on the system. 

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Here's the problem..last week, I tried to print a document, but it said that the printer was offline. Strange. I dismissed it as something wrong with the printer, but today I tried printing again and it gave me the same problem. I didn't what to do, so I went to "find printers" and got the error message: "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable."

Does anybody know what this means/how to fix it? I'm running vista, sharing printer using wireless LAN. I googled this problem, but haven't found any solutions.. the only thing was that somebody had a similar problem, which occurred when they pressed CTRL+WIN+F... I tried that, and I get the "Active Directory..." error message also

Answer:"The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable."

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dear all

i have a problem in adding addtional domain controller in my forest domain.

when i try to add additional; domain controller after working few miniutes it gives meessage THE ACTIVE DIRECTORY WIZARD IS UNABLE TO CONVERT THE COMPUTER TO DOMAIN CONTROLLER ACESSES DENIED


But the user name has full permission he is administrator

please help me

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We have a server set up with serval computers t. I formated a pc that was on the domain and now trying to attach it back to domain and i get the message.

Domain Contriller could not be contacted
I putted all the settings same as the other pc's..

i'm also getting the message " ip adress already in use. but i'm using the same ip as the pc had before i formated the pc. is this the reason that i get the message , Domain Contriller could not be contacted

i also can ping from the pc. to the server

Any Ideas?

thanks for the help

Answer:Problem:A domain controller for the domain could not by contacted

sorry i mean i also get the message " a duplicate name exist on the network"

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My school gives us server 2012 standard for free. I am wondering if it's possible to install it as 2012 essentials with the same features as essentials kind of like how win pro had every thing home had. Or are the features of server essentials not included in standard? (Features like full pc back up and the dashboard like whs 2011)

Answer:can you setup server 2012 standard as 2012 essentials?

Different media for the install, Server Standard and Datacenter use the same media. Essentials has it's own install disk and Foundation and Storage Server share the same media.

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Hello all,

I just brought up a new LAN domain called "" with win 2003 server and AD. All is working great execpt one thing... When I try to browse to from the AD server (domain controller), it has no problems. When I ping it (, it gives me correct ip address. However, when I am at workstations that joined the domain, they are not able to find IP of they are ok with any other addresses (google, yahoo,...) but only the associated ones. workstations also cannot ping I know this is got to do with LAN domain name and I have to configure either DNS, WINS, or DHCP correctly. But I am not able to find out which one. Can anyone help with this?

ps>> is outside of the LAN hosted by web hosting service.
-domain controller is dhcp, dns, wins server.
-on a workstation, when I changed dns to one of the public dns, it worked fine, but then can't log-in to the LAN domain...
If you need more info, please let me know!

thank you in advance

Answer:New Active Directory DNS problem - Help!

Make sure you have an "A" record listed on your new domain controller for www. Point the workstation to the domain controller. This is normally all you need to do. For troubleshooting, use the nslookup tool on the workstation to verify it can talk to the Domain Controller, and to see what info it gets back.

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My active directory keeps dropping its connection to DNS. As long as I keep AD open, it works fine. However, if I close it, and don't use it for some hours, it will not load up due to a dns problem. Also, when I use the NSLOOKUP command, I get the message, "Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.x: Non-existent domain."When I reboot, it clears up.DNS and AD have previously been working fine, for some years - so this just started happening in the last few weeks.DNS and AD work fine on my backup DNS/WINS server.Appreciate any help or suggestions!Network Admin

Answer:Active Directory and DNS problem

That is strange since DNS on both servers should be the same. NSlookup would appear to say they are not the same.Is dns setup as primary/secondary or Ad intergrated?What does the dns event log say concerning errors?Liberal: characterized by broad-mindedness, a person who favors a political philosophy of progress, reform & protection of civil liberties Conservative: a person who is reluctant to accept changes

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Doing some testing on some software, I set the "Must use smartcard for interactive logon" attribute on my account to enabled. Did the required testing and then unchecked the box. I'm not unable to authenticate against OWA or any of our web services. Any ideas as to why this seems to be stuck? I've checked AD from both domain controllers and the attribute is unchecked.

Answer:Active Directory problem

Do they have the permissions in their account (Under one of the Exchange tabs)?
Are they a member of the Remote Web Workplace Users group?

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A seemingly big problem with Active Directory. Here's the error:

"The maximum account identifier allocated to this domain controller has been assigned. The domain controller has failed to obtain a new identifier pool. A possible reason for this is that the domain controller has been unable to contact the master domain controller. Account creation on this controller will fail until a new pool has been allocated. There may be network or connectivity problems in the domain, or the master domain controller may be offline or missing from the domain. Verify that the master domain controller is running and connected to the domain."

I've been inputting a lot of users into the AD lately. It was working fine until I seemingly reached a limit. Thoughts?

Answer:Active Directory Problem

Edit: I thought I had fixed it. The Domain Controller is not available, and when I type it in manually, it comes up. But then it goes away when I try to do anything within AD. Helpppp.

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Now I'm facing with a strange thing with my server. I have one server installed Active Directory with window 2003 server, and I have one client which is already joined with. Actually, I can't access any share folder from the server, if I let my client silence for 15-30 min. I don't know how solve this problem. Could anybody help to find the solution, please!!! Sorry for my writing, my english is so poor.
Thnk forward!!!!!!

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I'm trying to set up an additional domain controller for our company's domain and I keep getting the error:

The Operation failed because:
The directory service failed to create the server object for CN=NTDS settings,CN=WIN2K BDC, CN=SERVERS, CN=Default-First-Site-Name, CN=Sites, CN=Configuration, DC=WINK2K on server WIN2K1. Please ensure the network credentials provided have sufficient access to add a replica.

"A Service Principle Name (SPN) could not be constructed because the provided hostname is not in the necessary format."

while running dcpromo.

Can anyone help me??

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Is it possible within Active Directory to find out the date and time in which an object was created? I have 2 users with the same name and need to find out which one was created first?

Cheers in advance

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I've just encoutered this error on Windows 2000 Server, whenever i try to open it up it says: "Naming information cannot be located because the network location cannot be found". It happened overnight somehow... any help on how to repair this would be greatly appreciated!


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I'm having problems with slow client logons on my new Win 2K Server network. Clients take about 5-10 minutes to log on. I've done HOURS of research on the Internet and all I can see is that I may have Active Directory and/or DNS set up improperly. Ok. That's fine and all, but I need help identifying *what* I did wrong. I followed several turorials before doing this, so I'm baffled as to what is causing the slowdown.

For simplicity sake, let's just say my Active Directory domain is called

Some background:
The server is the only domain controller, running AD, DHCP, and DNS.
The server CAN see the internet.
The clients get the proper DHCP settings from the server.
The clients CAN see the internet (once they get past the mind-numbing wait for "applying computer settings" dialog)
Clients are set up for DHCP
Server is set up for DNS and Active Directory
Clients CAN see the server and vice-versa.

I have also registered '' with my ISP. It points to a hosted web site. Will that cause problems since my Active Directory domain is named '' ?

Ugh. Please help.

Answer:Win 2K Server Active Directory / DNS Problem

Are you using roaming profiles?

I assume you did check the event logger and checked into any errors in there. When I first setup AD, I had a few DNS issues, but it didn't affect the speed of the logins.

Does the server have plenty of RAM and Processing speed?

Does everyone have a quick uncongested network connection to the server?

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I have a user on my domain that gets this error when she loggs on

"\\blabla.loc\home folders\hbg\name of user\desktop is not available. You might not have rights for this resurs. Access Denied"

Something like that. Dont remember the exact words.
But here for the weird part, when she then logs out after that error msg and logs back on, it works without any problems
and if she logs in with her account on another computer it works also, the first time aswell..

So I has to be here computer right? I mean, it cant be anything wrong with the domain, since it works on the second try and works instant on other computers.

I have never seen this error before, so before I reinstall her computer(rather newly reinstalled) I though I would ask here.

Thanks for all help =)


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I had this problem the other day. In my case it was because they were connected to the wireless and the wired LAN at the same time. I think AD got a little confused.

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We have a 2 way trust between a 2000 AD domain and a 2003 AD domain. Lately since introducing some extra VLANs and routing the trusts can no longer see the domain controllers although we can ping the other domain controllers from each domain. Any ideas anyone? This is causing us real problems at the moment.

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Hi Guys,

I have a user on our network who is experiencing an unusual problem. When any user on our network leaves their machine for more than five minutes it locks their machine requiring their login (or an admins) credentials to unlock the machine. This particular user has an issue where when her machine locks out, no matter what credentials she supplies it will not unlock her machine.

She is a thin client user connecting to our Citrix farm, and I have to reset her session for her to be able to use her machine again. I initially thought the issue was a password discrepency on our domain controllers but I have manually reset her password on each DC to no effect. Occasionally if she tries enough times it will let her in, however, another strange thing is that after five failed login attempts the users AD account should get locked. This doesn't happen for her when trying to unlock her terminal and it repeatedly fails.

I'm stumped as to what the issue is and any suggestions are welcome. I've even tried getting her to type out her password in her username box in case her keyboard wasn't working properly but it is working as it should.

Edit: She has tried on other thin clients too and the same occurs!




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I have recently created a test domain on Server 2003 so that I can learn AD before putting it into production. I created a primary domain controller and then i created a child domain controller under that same domain for replication. Everything is working fine, including replication both ways, except when I try to create a user account on the child domain controller it gives me a "An Error Occured. Contact your system administrator." I can create groups on this server just fine and OU's but I can't create users. I am able to create users on the primary domain controller as well as an XP machine that I have joined to the domain and installed the Server 2003 Administration tools on. I have searched the logs on Event Viewer and I can't find anything. I'm new to AD so I have no idea where to start. Thanks.

Answer:Strange Active Directory Problem

Logged on as the same domain account on all machines?

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