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On our Win 2008 machines I can't schedule tasks for domain users because the domain name does not resolve to network name but the AD dc name.

The "network name" looks like ABCDEFGE-HIJKLM and the "dc" / "name" would look like ABCDEFGE-HIJKLMN.

When selecting the domain user account the account qualifier will look like ABCDEFGE-HIJKLMN\task.user. This results in an "invalid account" error.

Entering the account name as yields the same result.

When however keeping the currently logged in user it will display ABCDEFGE-HIJKLM\current.user.

Does this behaviour result from the presumable "illegal" domain name?

Is there a workaround for this?


I could of course log in as the desired domain account and create the task but since this account is a account used for running services I want to avoid creating a user profile on the machine.

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This just worked for me:

Select a local account

When clicking "ok" you get a prompt for the password There you can change the user to the correct user eg. COMPANYNAME\username


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Exporting, editing and importing worked perfectly. Thanks a lot for the hint to this workaround. – Filburt Apr 29 '10 at 8:51
I'll upvote as soon as my rep here allows. – Filburt Apr 29 '10 at 8:53

Can you use the task.user@ABCDEFGE-HIJKLMN.local format? (I am assuming that your domain is setup as ABCDEFGE-HIJKLMN.local in DNS.)

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I tried that and it also resolves the account to ABCDEFGE-HIJKLMN\task.user resulting in the same error. Thanks for your suggestion nonetheless. – Filburt Apr 28 '10 at 16:32

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