Saturday, March 21, 2009

Error : Your computer could not be joined to the domain. You have exceeded the maximum number of computer accounts you are allowed to create in this d

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Error: "Your computer could not be joined to the domain. You have exceeded the maximum number of computer accounts you are allowed to create in this domain. Contact your system administrator to have this limit reset or increase".
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    Resently I got a call regarding this problem. A user, previously he used to add machine to domain, but now getting this error message. As I am coming to know this kind of error for the first time, I just googled, and found some facts regarding this error.

The basic reason of this error is because, the maximum number of machine accounts any authenticated user can join is 10 by default. And this error message only occurs if you have already joined 10 workstations to the domain.

There is a way in ADSI Edit (Active directory Service Interface) to overcome this kind of issue.

Use an Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) script to increase or decrease the value of the Active Directory ms-DS-MachineAccountQuota attribute.

How to edit ADSI.
Install the Windows 2003 Support tools if they have not already been installed. To install these tools, run Setup.exe from the Support\Tools folder on the Windows Server CD ROM.
Run Adsiedit.msc as an administrator of the domain.
Expand the Domain NC node. This node contains an object that begins with "DC=" and reflects the correct domain name. Right-click this object and then click Properties.
In the Select which properties to view box, click both.
In the Select a property to view box, click ms-DS-MachineAccountQuota.
In the Edit Attribute box, type a number. This number represents the number of workstations that you want users to be able to maintain concurrently.
Click Set, and then click OK.
Editing this option, the default value, that is 10, can be changed to other values.

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