Please wait while the domain list is created. – WINDOWS 2003 SERVER

Intention of the post is to help others who might have a similar condition when migrating their legacy workload running on Windows 2003.

  • We migrated few Windows Server from Datacenter to Cloud using a third party tool.
  • Most of the servers were Windows 2008 r2 and above.
  • To test our perseverance, we had to migrate a legacy web server running on Windows 2003.
  • Source and Destination were in a different Active Domain with a Trust established.
  • As per the process, we removed the server from source domain and renamed the server with that of target naming convention.
  • Not to mention that the server was rebooted whenever prompted.(i.e Domain removal and Hostname change).
  •  We added the server to the target domain and rebooted the server.
  • Server was back online but with a message when trying to login with domain credential.


     Please wait while the domain list is created.

  • We showed our patience for 15 mins with no luck.
  • However, We took an another RDP window and logged in using local admin account.
  • We checked out all the other possibilities including the computer account across all domain controllers, DNS forward record and Reverse record.
  • All seems to be fine giving us no hope until we found a Netlogon error message in system log.

    System Log

    “Failed to create/open file \system32\config\netlogon.ftl with the following error: Access is denied.”

  • After trying to read various articles, most of them were irrelevant and could not provide resolution.


  • However, we could find a resolution when we followed the below procedure.
    • This error occurs when the hidden attribute is set on “%SYSTEMROOT%\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\netlogon.ftl.” 
    • The resolution is removing this hidden attribute by typing the following command at the command prompt:
      attrib -h %SYSTEMROOT%\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\netlogon.ftl 

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