Windows 7 Rejoining Domain
We have a Windows Server 2003 SP2 AD structure and domain. I can join Windows 7 PCs to the domain initially. However, if the Windows 7 PC is removed from the domain and rebooted, it will not rejoin. This is true whether the existing PC account is left in AD or deleted. However, if the AD account is deleted, it IS recreated in AD after the PC is rebooted. The error at the PC is “Unable to create offline join information. Please ensure you have access to the specified path location and permissions to modify its contents. Running as an elevated administrator may be required.” I am logging in to the PC as "Administrator" and logging in to the domain as a domain admin when attempting to rejoin.
February 25th, 2010 5:55pm

try reseting the computer account in AD before rebooting and 7 newbie
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February 25th, 2010 6:13pm

Thanks.The PCs I am having the problem with are built and have Windows Updates, Office, etc. installed. I built a "clean" Windows 7 without anything else other than anti-malware (no updates of any kind) and it removes from and joins the domain fine. I think I need to investigate the "add-ons" post Windows install.
February 25th, 2010 9:28pm

Hi, Please also try the following steps to troubleshoot the issue. 1. Uninstall some Windows updates and rejoin the domain for a tests. 2. Please click "Advanced settings" on the Windows Firewall, and allowed all incoming and Outgoing traffic in the below profiles: a. Private b. Domain c. Public Then, please restart "Windows Firewall Service" 3. Change the Workgroup name and revert it back, and then join the domain again. If issue still occurs, please transfer a large file and perform following steps to capture a log file. Collect the Netmon trace ========================= a. Download NetMon3.3 from the following website and install it on the computer b. Launch NetMon3.3. c. In the Microsoft Network Monitor 3.3 window, click Create a new capture tab … d. In the new tab, select all the Network Adapters in the Select Networks window. e. Then, switch to Network Monitor, press F5 to start NetMon. f. Try to join the domain again. When it failed, go to step 7. g. Go back to the NetMon window and press F7 to stop the NetMon. h. Press Ctrl+S to save the Netmon file named test. Then please upload to SkyDrive ( ) and share the link to me. Thanks, Novak
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February 26th, 2010 10:18am

Thanks for the responses. The culprit appears to have been the "Anti-virus Standard Protection:Prevent user rights policies from being altered" Access Protection setting in McAfee VSE.
March 2nd, 2010 6:28pm

hi this is sonu saini. same kind of problem i am facing now. kindly advise mee.
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March 2nd, 2011 12:51pm

tanks Todd2008 that`s works. i disabled the Mcafee VSE and problem solve
March 13th, 2011 11:26am

I also found that if you restart into SAFE MODE you can join the domain as Mcafee is not interfering.
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April 6th, 2011 12:47am

Hello Todd, If you said the Mcafee policy is the culprit,that means something must have been triggered that rule,were you able to find out what triggered the rule.if you did let me know pls thanx
April 27th, 2011 2:21pm

todd, can you also let me know the version of mcafee virus scan you are running, thanx
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April 27th, 2011 2:29pm

Hi my friend, only need to disable McAfee, no more easy.
September 10th, 2011 11:28am

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