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Error Domain Join over VPN



I’m having difficulty joining a Windows 2008 R2 server located in a remote site to a domain via a VPN connection.  The remote server has its sole DNS entry pointed to the SBS 2008 machine on the other end of the VPN.

I can ping the SBS server by IP address and FQDN.  Addresses such as http://companyweb, however, do not resolve.

When attempting to join the remote server through “System Properties”, “Computer Name/Domain Changes” dialog box with a domain entry that omits the “.local” I receive an error message “An Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for the domain “xyz” could not be contacted.”

However, when using domain “xyz.local”, I am prompted for admin credentials and after several minutes I receive the error message “The following error occurred attempting to join the domain “xyz.local”: The specified network name is no longer available.”


This was resolved by changing the Primary DNS Suffix of the remote computer to “xyz.local” and then re-running the domain join.

Ethernet Properties – General – Advanced button – DNS tab (add the domain at “DNS suffix for this connection”)  and checks “Register this conn…” and “Use this connection0s DNS…”

Also add de IP of DNS server of the domain controller

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