Unable to Store Password Error When Joining a Mac Running Lion to Active Directory

I have a Macbook which was bound to an Active Directory. After I upgraded it to Lion, the AD logon stopped working. The fix for this kind of problem is usually to unbind the machine and then bind it again. So, I opened up Directory Utility to unbind the computer. I was able to unbind the machine successfully, but I could not bind it again. I got a message saying “Unable to Store Password.” A quick search found this thread on Apple’s discussion group. The solution was to repair disk permissions. I tried the solution and opened Disk Utility to repair disk permissions. The utility found some errors on the hard drive and fixed them. I was able to bind the Macbook to the AD again.

Just in case you cannot find the Directory Utility, these are the steps to get to it.

  1. Click on System Preferences.
  2. Click on Users & Groups.
  3. Click on Login Options and click on the button next to Network Account Server.
  4. Click on Open Directory Utility

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