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Can Not Join Machine to S12K E


minimos
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Hi,

 

I can not seem to get my client PC's to connect to the server, I get the 'Cannot Connect This Computer to the Network'.

 

Here's a bit of back story.

 

I have a WHS V1 server at the moment and I have been evaluating options for a move to something more recent which supports GPT and still gives me remote access for RDP etc.

 

My project is in stages for budgetary reasons, phase 1 was to download from technet the S12KE evaluation and run as a VM on my desktop. I successfully concluded this phase and managed to connect a number of VM's to the server.

 

Phase 2, is the actual purchase of a G7 N54l some extra ram which I have done, and then  to play with the install looking at things like Hyper V etc.  I am almost complete with this phase of testing and have decided on a none VM'd version of server where I will run virtualbox headless if I need VM's (this is so I can use power states on the CPU rather than having its voltage and clock maxed out under Hyper V or ESXi).  However, I can not get any of my VMs to join the domain using the connector software.  I was almost at the point of shelling out for the server license, but I do no want to do this until I can successfully add machines and have a repeatable process if I hit any snags once I physically migrate.

 

Looking through the forum, I have made sure that things like DNS servers are all manually configured to point at the router which is acting as a DHCP server.  I have tried both static and leased IP addresses on the server to no luck.  I have even spun up additional VM's and reinstalled the server to no avail. 

 

I feel there is something obvious I am missing but do not know what.

 

Can anybody help?

 

Thanks

 

Minimos

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Hi,

 

Sorry, I forgot to put details about the client VM.

 

There were all Windows 8 evaluation (not 8.1) from the technet site, all clean install from the iso with no other connector software installed or domains joined

 

Thanks

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Hi,

 

As you suggested firewalls have been turned off on both client and server but it has not made a difference.

 

Is there anything else to try?

 

Thanks

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OK, we're just talking about the VMs here, right? They're the ones having trouble joining? If so, can non-VM machines join? Let's try to isolate whether this is a VM issue or not.

 

BTW, WTH is S12KE: Server 12000 Essentials?

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Hi,

 

Thanks for the suggestion.

 

Your right iKon I must be using a future version of the product, I do of course me S2K12E.

 

Ok to answer the quesitons, I am not using HomeGroup so I think we can possibly rule that out.

 

The only other physical clients I have are a desktop and 3 laptops but they are all configured for WHS V1 and I am a little nervous of removing the connector and losing some of my backups if I connect them back and it see's the addition as a new computer.  If I remove the WHS connector has it been proven that it will connect back with the same sid?

 

in the mean time I will try from a VM installed on the desktop to the physical server as I know it worked perfectly in phase 1 of my testing just using spun up VM's on the desktop

 

Thanks

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Hi,

 

Ok so it was unsuccessful from the other machine but I have noted some behaviour on the client.

 

The connector sets a primary DNS suffix on the client after you type a username and password, but the client remains part of a workgroup, however the network is changed to a business network, so it looks like it is partially completing what it needs to do.  No computers are created in AD on the server though

 

Thanks

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