During migration to Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 you receive an error:
“Cannot connect to the domain”
“Verify that the domain name and log on credentials are correct, and then try again.”
Click the error away by pressing the OK button.
First thing to start with, make sure you entered all fields correct, if there was an error change it and try it again.
Second possibility is your network adapter need some time to load the configuration, it times out the first time, wait 30 seconds after hitting the OK button and try again.
Then third thing to try press < shift > < F10 > on the SBS 2011 this will open a command prompt, try if you can do a “ping sourceserver” and ping “sourceserver.domain.local”.
Fourth possibility the date or time differs with the source server. Make sure the date and time are set correctly on the source server. If this is all right go back to the SBS 2011 installation press
“Net use * \\sourceserver\netlogon /user:domain\administrator”
The command will prompt for the administrator password you have to enter. After that enter this command to synchronize the time with the source server:
“Net time \\sourceserver /set /y”
Fifth option if time and date are right it could that the time zones differs, check the time zone on the source server and then on the SBS 2011 installation press
If these steps won’t help you could look at the setup log for errors that may point you to the right direction. Press