Fix: The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

Excellent article.


Updated 2014-01-10 : Finally added a PowerShell method

This guide is using the PowerShell or NETDOM tool and does not require rejoining the domain


Have you seen this? ‘The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed’
Or this? ‘The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship.’ Same issue, different symptom.


I have on multiple occasions beeing a heavy Hyper-V user for my labs…
There are apparently a number of reasons why this happens, but the main reason seems to be lost connection between the ‘client/server’ and the Domain controllers. If the scheduled password change occurs while the server or client is unavailable or has been shut down, then the passwords stored in the server/client and the domain controllers for the computer account mismatch, and you will end up getting this error when trying to logon to the server…

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