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Microsoft KB Archive/101711

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Article ID: 101711

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1

This article was previously published under Q101711


You may experience some time delay when using

   net localgroup <local group name> <user or global group name> /add

to add a user or global group to a local group if the user or global group is not present on the local machine, but instead resides in a domain that is trusted directly or indirectly by the local machine. In the case of a Windows NT system that belongs to a domain, the user or global group may belong to that domain or one of its trusted domains. With Windows NT Advanced Server (the primary or backup controller of a domain), the user or global group may belong to one of the domains trusted by that domain.

To minimize such a delay, specify the fully qualified name of the user or global group (<DomainName>\<UserName> for example) as opposed to the unqualified form, <UserName>.

The time delay occurs because the security identification (SID) of the user or global group has to be found. This operation in turn requires the computer name for an active primary or backup domain controller for the user's domain to be found, a process known as discovery of the domain controller. The discovery process can vary in the time it takes to complete, depending upon whether a cached computer name is available for the specified domain.

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: kbnetwork KB101711