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How do I fix the error code 0x8007232b?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 3rd, 2022

The error code 0x8007232b is a Windows activation error. This error code happens when Windows is unable to communicate with the activation server. There are a few reasons why this error code might happen, such as:

-The activation server is unavailable

-The computer is not connected to the internet

-Firewall settings are preventing Windows from communicating with the activation server

-The product key is invalid

1. Check that the Domain Name System (DNS) is configured and working correctly

  1. Open a command prompt and change to the directory where the DNS server is installed
  2. Type "nslookup" and hit enter
  3. Type in the IP address of the DNS server
  4. Type in the hostname or IP address of the computer that you are trying to connect to
  5. If you get a response from the DNS server, it means that the DNS is working correctly. If you don't get a response, then the DNS server may not be configured or working correctly and you will need to fix it.

2. Verify that the required ports are open on all firewalls between the client and the domain controllers

To verify that the required ports are open on all firewalls between the client and the domain controllers in order to fix error code 0x8007232b:

  1. Check the port numbers on both the client and the domain controllers.
  2. If the port numbers are not the same, open the required ports on the client and the domain controllers.
  3. If the port numbers are still not the same, contact the network administrator for help.

3. Ensure that the computer has a valid Domain Name System (DNS) suffix

  1. Open the Command Prompt (cmd.exe) as an administrator.
  2. Type "net stop dns" and press Enter.
  3. Type "net start dns" and press Enter.
  4. Type "ipconfig /all" and press Enter.
  5. Look for the line that says "Default gateway" and make sure that the IP address listed is the same as the one assigned to the computer's network adapter. If the address is not the same, change it using the instructions in the article below.
  6. If the Default gateway is different, type "ipconfig /renew" and press Enter.
  7. Type "ipconfig /registerdns" and press Enter.
  8. Type "dnsconfig /registerdns" and press Enter.
  9. Type "net start dns" and press Enter.
  10. Type "net stop dns" and press Enter.
  11. Type "ipconfig /release" and press Enter.
  12. Type "ipconfig /flushdns" and press Enter.
  13. Type "net start dns" and press Enter.
  14. Type "net stop dns" and press Enter.
  15. Reboot the computer.

4. If the computer is a member of a workgroup, verify that it is configured with the full computer name, including the domain name

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Under the Network and Internet heading, click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Under the Network and Sharing Center heading, click Change adapter settings.
  4. In the list of adapters, right-click the adapter that is connected to the network and click Properties.
  5. Under the Network and Sharing Center heading, click the Details tab.
  6. In the Hostname field, type the computer's full computer name, including the domain name.
  7. Under the Computer name field, type the computer's short computer name.
  8. Under the Domain name field, type the computer's domain name.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Close the Properties window for the adapter.

5. Verify that the computer is not configured as a stand-alone server

The following steps should be taken to verify that the computer is not configured as a stand-alone server:

  1. Open the "System Configuration" tool in the "Control Panel" of the computer.
  2. In the "System Configuration" tool, double-click on "Computer Management" and then click on "Computer Management Administrative Tools" in the tree view.
  3. In the "Computer Management Administrative Tools" window, double-click on "Services" to open the "Services" window.
  4. In the "Services" window, double-click on "Windows Server 2016" to open the "Windows Server 2016" window.
  5. In the "Windows Server 2016" window, right-click on "Configure a Stand-Alone Server" and then select "Properties".
  6. In the "Properties" window of the "Configure a Stand-Alone Server" node, select the " Servers" tab and then verify that the "Server Type" is set to "Standard Server (Server Core installation)". If the "Server Type" is not set to "Standard Server (Server Core installation), then the computer is configured as a stand-alone server and the error code 0x8007232b should be displayed.

Some users might also have success with the following opitons:

  1. If the computer is a member of a domain, verify that the domain controller can be contacted using one of the following methods:
  2. -Open Active Directory Users and Computers, and then attempt to access the computer object for the computer that is having the issue.
  3. -Open a command prompt, and then type "nslookup .".
  4. -Use the Ping or PathPing command-line tools to test network connectivity to the domain controller.