Troubleshooting Domain Join Issues

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 19 June 2007 / Last Updated on 19 June 2007]

How to troubleshoot when issues joining a domain arise.

If you’ve been trying to join a Windows machine to a domain and you’ve encountered problems (or you want to verify if everything went OK) you can do the following. First, try running netdiag /v to see if there were any error messages were generated from the procedure. If this doesn’t tell you anything, try running netdiag /debug next and see if any errors show up. Finally, if you do see errors, check the Netsetup.log file which is found in the \Windows\Debug folder on your machine. This file logs the various stages of the domain join process in detail and is fairly easy to interpret.


Mitch Tulloch was lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is THE book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. For more information see

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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