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So I have a small Windows Server 2008 R2 network consisting of a domain controller, a file server, SQL server, etc. All machines are joined to a windows domain (CPUSHIELD.COM) and show up in Active Directory Users and Computers under the Computers OU. Each computer has a DNS record as well that was populated when I joined each computer to the domain.

However, when I go to my SQL server VM (which is joined to CPUSHIELD.COM) and try to add domain users or groups to the local users or groups on my file server (which is a physical machine) or my sql server (which is a virtual machine), for some reason I cannot change the context to the CPUSHIELD.COM domain. For example:

Trying to add a user from the domain to a local security group No Domain showing up in search context

Here is the really strange thing, I have two other servers on my network that do show CPUSHIELD.COM in the From This Location field (as I would expect with any machine joined to a domain) and I am able to search the local machine and/or domain for users/groups to add. I have done hundreds of Windows Server 2008 installs, and this is the first time I have run into this issue. Any ideas? Let me know if you need more info.

  • Membership problems in Active Directory are sometimes solved by dropping the troublesome computer/VM from the domain and joining back in. – harrymc Jul 3 '13 at 5:59
  • Yeah I've tried that already :( – Richie086 Jul 3 '13 at 17:06
  • See if KB 2018583 or KB 832223 ring a bell. Also check the DNS server in Properties of TCP/IPv4. – harrymc Jul 3 '13 at 19:29
  • When the Domain joined is not shown , it is probably a network problem, make sure that your VM network configuration settings are correct and on the same network range with your domain controller. Can you ping CPUSHIELD.COM from your VM? – Scorpion99 Jul 3 '13 at 21:06

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