Add a computer to Windows Server domain


Now we know how to install Server 2012, and then install and configure Active Directory, DHCP and DNS servers. But you also need to manage other computers and users. Having computers in the same network isn’t enough. You need to add computers to the domain and only then you can get access to them and do all the administrative tasks sitting at your machine.

The first step here is to get that machine in your network and check if the ping gets a response.
Then add that computer to the active directory and the administrator can then manage it from his own machine!

So lets see how to add a computer to the Windows Server domain:

  1. Check if the computer and the server are in the same network!
    Check if the machine has an IP

    Check if the machine has an IP

    Check if it is same network!

    Check if it is same network!

     

  2. Go to Start –> Search for System and click on settings. Click on System,
    Or navigate to Control Panel –> System and Security –> Security

    Click on change settings!

    System settings. Click on change settings

    System settings. Click on change settings

     

  3. You’ll get a new window. Enter the computer name if you want to else just click on ‘Network ID’ and click next.

    Clcik on network id

    Clcik on network id

     

  4. Select ‘This computer is a part of business network .. ‘ and click next.

    select the first option

    select the first option

     

  5. Since we have already configured our domain in the server, select ‘My computer uses a network with domain’ and click next.

    Select my computer uses network with domain

    Select my computer uses network with domain

     

  6. Before proceeding please make sure you have your username, your password and domain name.

    Check if you have username,password and domain name.

    Check if you have username,password and domain name.

     

  7. Enter the administrator’s username and password along with your domain name.

    enter the details of domain account

    enter the details of domain account

     

  8. Enter your computer name, a name from which you want other machines to recognize you. Enter domain name.

    enter the computer name and domain name

    enter the computer name and domain name

     

  9. Enter admin’s username and password.
    Enter the admin's username and password

    Enter the admin’s username and password

     

  10. Now add your user account in the client’s machine.

    add the user in domain

    add the user in domain

     

  11. Select which type of account you want for this new user you’re adding.

    Select the access level of that user

    Select the access level of that user

     

  12. Restart your machine.

    Restart

    Restart

     

    restart

    restart

     

    restart your machine

    restart your machine

     

  13. Check if the administrator account is added.

    Check if you have a new user

    Check if you have a new user

     

  14. Now switch to your server and navigate to Tools –> Active Directory users and computers –> (your domain name) –> Computers. 
    Check if the machine you just configured is added in the server or not!

    Check if the computer has been added in server

    Check if the computer has been added in server

     

  15. Check your own machine if the domain has changed.

    verify the new settings.

    verify the new settings.

     

     

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