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Joining a Windows Host to a Domain

Joining a Windows Host to a Domain

A run-through of joining a Windows Server onto a test domain which created in my previous post.

There’s 2 parts to this one;
# Creating a New Domain User Account.
# Joining a Windows Server to a Domain.


Creating a New Domain User Account

I’m creating a new user account for me to carry out all changes required to setup my lab. It’ll be a new OU in AD, create new user account and then add to the Domain Admin group.

1. Right-click the Domain Name within Active Directory Users and Computers, select New and Organisational Unit.

Active Directory New Organisational Unit

2. Enter the new OU name – I’m going to pretend I’m in the IT Department…

Active Directory New Organisational Unit Name

3. Within the IT OU, right-click and select New-User.

Active Directory New User

4. Enter new user details.

Active Directory New User Details

5. Enter password stuff.

Active Directory New User Password

6. Finish.

Active Directory New User Finish

7. Right-click the new user and select Add to a group…

Active Directory Add User to Group

8. Enter king group, Domain Admins. 

Active Directory Add User to Domain Admins

Joining a Windows Server to a Domain

1. First, I have to get onto the same private IP range as the DC.

IPv4 Config
Ping Test to Active Directory

2. Within Server Manager, click the Computer name link.

Windows Server Manager Computer Name

3. Click Change…

Windows Systems Properties

4. Amend the hostname and enter the Domain name.

Computer Name Change and Join Domain

5. Enter credentials for an account that can join to the domain (the account created above within this post would also work). 

Domain Join Elevation Prompt

6. When the server next boots up a domain user account can login.

Windows Server Login to New Domain