Sunday, January 5, 2014

Naming Information cannot be located because: The directory or file cannot be created.

I just added the first Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller to a 2008 Active Directory domain at a customer.  As soon as I added the first 2012 R2 domain controller to the new domain, when opening any of the Active Directory MMC Management consoles the following error was experienced.

Naming information cannot be located because:
The directory or file cannot be created.
Contact your system administrator to verify that your domain is properly configured and is currently online.


When performing a netdom query dc on the new domain controller it complained time is out.


Fixing up the time to ensure it is within 5 minutes of the PDC Emulator (as required for Kerberos) resolved the problem.

Easy one but had me stumped for a little while (I didn't glance at my system tray to check the clock until a while).

13 comments:

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    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Thanks, that worked!

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  4. Client, how did you do this? can you provide steps?

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  5. You don't know how to change the clock on the computer? You shouldn't be touching a domain controller mate!

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  6. You pointed me in the right direction, thanks. In my case I had a VM domain controller but did not set the time zone properly on the host machine. What I did do is set the time on the host machine to match local time, so the VM (which gets its time from the host computer) was 3 hours off from the other DC.

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