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The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

Posted by Chris on April 11, 2012 in Tech Blogs |

Aghhhh ughhh What the !!! Have you felt this way before about “The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed”

That is what happened to one of my users this morning. This has happened in the past and never ended well. I had to actually wipe out the computers and reinstall. Today I found a simple solution to fixing this… well actually two solutions.

First – always make sure you have a local account and know the password. I normally set that up, but for some reason my standard login info was not working so there was nothing I could really do.

Easiest Solution ? –

Basically what you need to do is unplug the network cable from the computer and login to your domain. It should let you right in. Once you are in you are going to need to change from domain to workgroup and change the computer name…. Restart and login locally….. oh yeah if you did not have local user access you will want to create a new local user while you are logged in.

After you restart login as the local user. Go and add the computer back to the domain. Restart and login as the domain user and you should be good to go.

I hope this helps a few of you out there. Lots of garbage and crazy ideas on how to fix this, but this solution has worked great.

Enjoy!

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