Trust Relationship Between Workstation and Domain Fails – fix without double reboot

Sunday, 11 March 2018 - Written by admin

Usually it can hapend after restore operation. You restore an older VM and the Windows VM can’t authenticate with the domain because the Trust Relationship between workstation and domain fails. You can see a nice error saying that “The Trust Relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed”.

It can also happens if you restore from an older backup, which you have done on a physical system. Those backups can are usually done by imaging solutions, like the ones from Acronis (True Image), Symantec (Norton Ghost) or Veeam (Backup & Replication) etc. Who do not know those, hein? But In this case also you’ll face this problem with broken relationship. The default domain value is 30 days. After that each workstation do a reset of their computer account password in AD.

Now the easy way to fix this problem is probably to disjoint the workstation from the domain > reboot > and join the domain back again. Not a big deal you say, but sometimes it’s not an option.

But wait there is better way. It’s one liner and no need to reboot.


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