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I'm running into a problem adding a 2008 server to our existing 2003 domain, and as I am not a Windows admin, I'm not getting the problem here. Some reading around on Technet seems to indicate that DNS devolution is the issue.

Here's the setup: DNS for the entire company is hosted on a Unix server running Bind, including the service records for the Windows domain. Our toplevel is company.local, and functional domains are in subdomains, such as (our management servers). Our Windows servers live mostly in, but some of them live in and

The 2003 servers all succesfully authenticate against company.local as the Windows domain. Their position in the infrastructure is set by setting the primary DNS suffix under the network settings and the computer name dialog.

Trying to do the same with a brand new 2008 install throws an error though: "Changing the Primary Domain DNS name of this computer to failed [...] The specified server cannot perform the requested operation"

I tried googling, but the closest I came was the Technet article on DNS Devolution, and I can't make heads nor tails on how to apply that to my case.

Addendum 2012-10-23: The problem is not joining the domain, that works, the problem is that it joins with the wrong name, as .company.local, instead of So far everything works, but I'm rather afraid to run production like this, because sooner or later something is going to complain about the AD name not matching DNS.

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Are you sure it's not joining the domain? Sometimes Windows lies. – HopelessN00b Oct 19 '12 at 13:22
Oh, it's joining the domain alright, but it's not joining the domain with the correct name; it insists it's called <machine>.company.local, instead of <machine> I should have added that the first time. – mvdwege Oct 23 '12 at 10:18
Links please... if you found something relevant on TechNet, others would probably benefit from these informations if they are trying to help you ;) – Mathias R. Jessen Dec 6 '12 at 5:27

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