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:
- Check if the computer and the server are in the same network!
- 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!
- You’ll get a new window. Enter the computer name if you want to else just click on ‘Network ID’ and click next.
- Select ‘This computer is a part of business network .. ‘ and click next.
- Since we have already configured our domain in the server, select ‘My computer uses a network with domain’ and click next.
- Before proceeding please make sure you have your username, your password and domain name.
- Enter the administrator’s username and password along with your domain name.
- Enter your computer name, a name from which you want other machines to recognize you. Enter domain name.
- Enter admin’s username and password.
- Now add your user account in the client’s machine.
- Select which type of account you want for this new user you’re adding.
- Restart your machine.
- Check if the administrator account is added.
- 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 your own machine if the domain has changed.