Windows Server

Domain Join: How to join a computer to the Domain

Domain Join

An Active Directory (AD) domain is basically the same as an internet domain. It “defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, and control” for a group of computers. Active Directory Domain names are controlled by the same set of rules and principles, that govern traditional Domain Name Systems (DNS). The domain-based network provides centralized administration for corporate networks from a centralized location and this enables users to access only the resources for which they have been granted access. For how to set up a domain, see the following link. Also for how to add a second DC, see the following link. For how to join a PC to a Domain, see the following link.

To have your device joined to the Domain, you must meet the following requirements as listed below
- Domain Controller must be available
- Only these Windows Edition are possible "Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Windows Education Edition". 

What to note before joining a device to a domain:

A computer object must be created in the directory service (this is essential for the computer not to be placed in the default computer container).
Note: Even after joining the PC to the domain and the PC is placed in the default computer container, this can be moved to the desired container (OU) of your choice.

  • In order to join a PC to a domain, appropriate domain permission is required to be able to perform this.
  • To join a PC to the domain, the following information is required.
    – The domain name.
    – Appropriate domain privileges.

I will be demonstrating these two steps to launch the “System Properties”
– Launch the run command and
– Enter sysdm.cpl as shown below

computer join domain

This will launch the system properties windows, for the steps below

Active Directory join

Next, you will be asked for your credential

– And required to have your device restarted in order to have the right settings applied. See this article for more configuration steps.
Also, this can be achieved via the Server Manager Dashboard below. See post OS installation for more details

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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