How to Join a Windows Domain

KB ID 0000859 Dtd 23/09/13


This process was done with Windows 8, but the procedure is the same going all the way back to Windows 2000.


Note: The main reason this procedure fails, is because the client that you are attempting to perform the join from cannot resolve the domain name of your domain! Make sure it has one of your domain servers listed in the properties of its network connection, (or at least a method of resolving the name).

Problems Joining a Domain

1. Press Windows Key +R > sysdm.cpl {Enter}.

System Properties Shortcut

2. Computer Name Tab > Change.

Join Domain

3. Select domain and enter the domain name > OK.

Join Windows to a domain

4. Supply credentials for a user that has rights to join machines to the domain.

Note: A domain user has the right to join 10 machines to the domain.

Rights to Join a domain

5. You should be welcomed to the new domain > OK.

Welcome to domain

6. You will need to reboot the machine to complete the process.

Reboot to complete domain join

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