Domain users and Local computer user groups

August 8, 2008 at 9:52 am 1 comment

Have you ever had this happen you? You successfully join a computer to a domain and then are unable to add Domain users to local groups (i.e., only the local PC is available in Locations?)

When joining a computer to a domain, Windows uses both DNS and WINS (and WINS contains a reference to your DNS server), but when adding domain users to the computer Windows only uses DNS. So, if the TCP/IP Primary DNS entry on the client isn’t pointing to the Domain DNS server, you can’t add Domain users to the local computer.

I ran into this on a client’s network that was initially setup only to distribute Internet connectivity to the clients. All clients have manual IP configurations that point to the ISP for DNS. Later they added a domain server and kept the manual IP configs. Very few of the clients log in to the Domain. A new inventory/POS system now requires all clients be logged in to the domain. Adding the local Domain server as Primary DNS on the client IP configs solves the problem.

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  • 1. Rae  |  January 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I really appreciate the information above. It was just what I needed. Before this I went the long way around: added the domain user as a local user and put them in a custom group, then gave that group permissions. Convoluted, huh. Thanks again 🙂

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