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Getting "processing of object failed" domain error after migration to Win2k

I upgraded our servers and moved from NT PDC to a Windows 2000 DC. Everything seems to work. Our DNS is handled by the school district and during the conversion I pointed to that DNS. So our CN is

I can add and manage computers. But when I try to manage permissions on the local machines (e.g., permit/deny local logon), I get this error message: "Processing of object failed with the following error: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted." Do we have a DNS problem or is there something we missed during the conversion?

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Check the machine's name on the domain controllers. Make sure that the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) matches the name of the domain. For example, if you are using a domain controller called MyDC1 in the domain MyDomain, then I would expect the domain's full name to be I would also expect the machine's FQDN to be If you right-click on the My Computer and click Properties, then click the Network tab you should see a match between the Fill computer name and the domain; if NOT, then that is the problem. And the only way to change it is to DCPROMO and downgrade the server to a regular server then change the FQDN and DCPROMO it back.

This was first published in June 2003

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