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Windows 7: How to Create Domain on Windows 7?

20 Nov 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by onlyabhinav View Post
Thanks for your reply.... I want to create a Domain on my windows7 Machine...

but the link shows the steps to join the Domain... not to create it...
That is correct. You cannot "create" a domain on a Windows 7 machine. Windows 7, XP, Vista, etc. are all client operating systems. Only a server operating system can be used to create a domain, such as Windows Server 2003, 2008, etc. Client operating systems can join a domain, but not create them.

So for your Windows 7 machine to be a part of a domain, you will need at least one other machine with a server operating system on it.

You haven't told us yet what you are trying to accomplish or why you think you need a domain on your machine. You may be going in the wrong direction and we may be able to help.

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10 Apr 2013   #12

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Hi, i have spent many hours searching the internet to get a related post near to what i am looking for.
Here is how i landed here,
-I have installed Microsoft SQL Server 2008
-No services is being listed on SQL Server Configuration Manager
-According to this link '' which describe a solution for a similar problem on Microsoft SQL Server 2005
-I have installed an update to get the Group Policy, refer to: ''.
Upon running the gpmc.msc, it tells me to log on the computer using a domain user account...which brings me here as i don't know how to do it.

Please please help
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10 Apr 2013   #13

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

Not up to date on Server 2008, but basically you need to create the domain accounts in the server, then you should be ablr to log-in to the domain from the client
step by step instructions here may help

Creating New Users in SQL Server 2008
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10 Apr 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Thanks for the reply Nigel, Here is the error message which i get when trying to connect using Miscrosoft SQL Server Management Studio:
(The Server name is correct)

TITLE: Connect to Server

Cannot connect to DELL-PC\SQLEXPRESS.


A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: -1)

For help, click: Source: ID: ( ) - Events And Errors Message Center: Message Details


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10 Apr 2013   #15

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

Network theory is a little rusty I'm afraid but I assume that you have created the user and given them login remotely rights and the like, and the PC you are logging in from is also joined to the domain and has a the relevant entries on the server.

The error appears to be an SQL error rather than a specific network issue, I would check from the server console that the indicated service is running and that the database is set correctly for remote access - I assume you can access the DB from the server console?


One additional thing to watch on a MS domain is the use of duplicate names between local and domain user names is best avoided, as the can cause issues, things like logging in as Administrator from a remote location can be especially prone to problems.

I always required the Domain/user naming format to try and prevent this
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10 Apr 2013   #16

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

I am not trying to log from a different PC, this problem is occurring on my own laptop.

I am NOT being able to use any DB.

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