When connecting to a remote PC, I get this error:

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But if I walk to the remote PC, login (with the same credentials) and walk back, RDP suddenly works. This happens each day. The remote PC might be powered off in between (I'll check this in the future).


  • remote PC: Windows 10, member of a domain
  • client: Windows 10 (not member of domain, at least not the same one)
  • used login credentials: a domain user (from the joined domain, obviously)
  • time is correct on both (checked with https://time.is)

Walking to the remote PC defeats the purpose of remote access, so I'm looking for help. Also, I would rather not disable NLA.

  • Not sure but I think the Client (PC connecting from) needs to be able to communicate with the domain controllers as well. Try adding DNS or host entries to the client machine from the domain that point to the domain controllers. Additionally, confirm that the server machine (connecting to), can resolve all the Domain controllers. Do nslookup domain.com and then ping each of the answers from both client and server machines. – duct_tape_coder Jun 22 at 21:39
  • @duct_tape_coder Both can ping the domain controller (the %USERDNSDOMAIN% to be precise). – David Balažic Jun 22 at 22:29
  • But does the domain resolve? It's trying to hit domain.com, if it can't get a DNS answer for that, it'll fail. If that answer isn't a Domain Controller, it'll fail. Have you tried doing the RDP request twice in a row from the client to see if maybe it's a long delay in DNS resolution as well? – duct_tape_coder Jun 22 at 22:38
  • @duct_tape_coder If it pings, then it also resolves. At least that is what I thought. Should I do any more checks about that? Repeated attempts don't work. I tried it several times, in a span of several minutes. – David Balažic Jun 23 at 11:43
  • Try verifying/setting your Netlogon service to Automatic, instead of Manual. Also, are you able to successfully RDP to the remote machine using a local account, instead of the domain? – Ulfy Jul 9 at 19:28

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