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July 16, 2018

Windows 10 Pro Build 1803 unable to join 2008/2003 Domain

Filed under: Microsoft Related — Tags: , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 4:22 PM

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Active Directory Domain Controller

  • Domain Controller 1 = Windows 2008 R2
  • Domain Controller 2 = Windows 2003 R2
  • Domain Name = MYCOMPANY (Single Label Domain)
  • Functional Level > Windows Server 2003


  • Mix of Windows 7 Pro / Windows 10 / Windows 2008

Problem #1

Recently we downloaded latest build of Windows 10 Pro Edition 1803. After its deployment on client, we tried to join one test PC to the company domain but failed to do so with below error …

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Ac active directory domain controller (AD DC) for the domain "MYCOMPANY" could not be contacted.
Ensure that the domain name is typed correctly.

Previous version of windows 10 were already joined with the domain properly. but only this new build version 1803 is not able to join domain. I can ping domain controller names via effected clients. nslookup working ok.


Proper Solution:

  • If you are using Single Label Domain , then rename it with full FQDN naming. joinging with full FQDN will sort the issue.
  • Upgrade 2003 DC’s to 2008 at least and raise functional level to Windows 2008,
    Or better to move to Windows 2012/2016 DC.

but if above suggestions are not doable like in my case, then follow below workaround as a temporary workaround,

Edit registry and add AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain . Full details as below ,


Find this subkey

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters

Locate this > AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain.

If the key AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain does not exist, then create , New  DWORD (32 bit)

  • DWORD Key Name: AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain

Double click AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain

Set the Value to 1

  • AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain > 1

Exit regedit

Reboot Windows 10

Now try to join the AD domain.

Hopefully it will work, At least in my case it did 🙂

Problem #2

SMBv1 is not installed by default in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server, version 1709 and later versions

Open CMD (with Admin Rights)

Open Powershell by powershell command

& issue following command

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName SMB1Protocol
Detect: Get-WindowsOptionalFeature –Online –FeatureName SMB1Protocol
Disable: Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName SMB1Protocol
Enable: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName SMB1Protocol

More information here,

Syed Jahanzaib

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