I have several Windows 8.1 Pro machines which will not join our domain on Windows Server 2003. These are brand new machines which were deployed at the same time as several others which DID join the domain with no problems. All the machines are identical builds.
I keep getting the error message "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted"
- The network adapter settings are identical across all of the machines. All dynamic automatically assigned IP addresses
- I can ping the server and I can map network drives on the server on the computers which will not join the domain.
- I have tried using FQDN
- All of the computers follow the same naming convention sequentially. For example "computer24" joined the domain with no problem, but "computer23" will not. None of the computer names are duplicates from prior computers, but I have removed all obsolete computers from the AD anyway.
- I have tried adding the machines manually in the AD (which sometimes gives an error message about the naming convention, but sometimes DOESN'T, and I follow the same convention as the other machines which were added automatically)
I am at a total loss.