Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain

    Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain

    How to Join a Windows 10 PC to a Local Active Directory Domain
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    29 Jul 2017
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    How to Join a Windows 10 PC to a Local Active Directory Domain

    information   Information
    A network based on a Domain provides centralized administration of the entire network from a single computer which is called a server. A Domain provides single user login from any computer connected to that network within the network perimeter. Users are allowed (or restricted) to access resources depending upon the permissions they have.

    This tutorial will show you how to join a Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education PC to a local Active Directory Domain.

    You must be signed in to an administrator account on your Windows 10 PC to join a domain.
    Note   Note
    To join a Domain, you will be required to have the following information:
    To join a Domain, you must meet the following requirements:
    • Domain Controller must be running Windows Server 2003 or later.
    • Only a Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition PC can join a domain.
    warning   Warning
    The Family feature will no longer be available in Windows 10 after you join a domain.

    CONTENTS:


    EXAMPLE: Sign in to Domain on Windows 10 PC
    Note   Note
    When you join a domain, your might be required to change your password on first sign in.
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    Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain OPTION ONE Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain
    To Join PC to a Domain from Settings

    1. If you haven't already, you will need to change the preferred DNS server address (ex: "192.168.1.150") of your Windows 10 PC to be the same as the domain's. (see screenshots below)

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    2. If you haven't already, you will need to disable IPv6 for the network adapter on your Windows 10 PC. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

    4. Click/tap on Access work or school on the left side, and click/tap on the Connect button on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on the Join this device to a local Active Directory domain link at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Type the domain name (ex: "ten.forums") of the domain you want to join, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    Note   Note
    Example of domain name from server.
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    7. Type the user name (ex: "Brink@ten.forums") and password for your domain account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Note   Note
    Example of domain user account from server.
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    8. Click/tap on Skip. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Click/tap on Restart now. After you restart, your PC will be joined to the domain (ex: "ten.forums"). (see screenshot below)

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    Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain OPTION TWO Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain
    To Join PC to a Domain from System Properties

    1. If you haven't already, you will need to change the preferred DNS server address (ex: "192.168.1.150") of your Windows 10 PC to be the same as the domain's. (see screenshots below)

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    2. If you haven't already, you will need to disable IPv6 for the network adapter on your Windows 10 PC. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the System icon.

    4. Click/tap on either the Advanced system settings link on the left side or the Change settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on the Change button in the Computer Name tab. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Select (dot) Domain, type the domain name (ex: "ten.forums") of the domain you want to join, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Note   Note
    Example of domain name from server.
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    7. Type the domain\user name (ex: "TEN\Brink") and password for your domain account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Note   Note
    Example of domain user account from server.
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    8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    11. Click/tap on Restart Now. After you restart, your PC will be joined to the domain (ex: "ten.forums"). (see screenshot below)

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    Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain OPTION THREE Join Windows 10 PC to a Domain
    To Join PC to a Domain from PowerShell

    Note   Note
    To see more information and usage options for the Add-Computer command, see: Add-Computer - Microsoft Windows IT Center


    1. If you haven't already, you will need to change the preferred DNS server address (ex: "192.168.1.150") of your Windows 10 PC to be the same as the domain's. (see screenshots below)

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    2. If you haven't already, you will need to disable IPv6 for the network adapter on your Windows 10 PC. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Open an elevated PowerShell.

    4. Type the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Add-Computer -Domain "Domain Name" -Credential "Domain User Name" -Force

    Note   Note
    Substitute Domain Name in the command above with the actual domain name (ex: "ten.forums") you want to join.

    Substitute Domain User Name in the command above with the actual name (ex: "Brink") of your domain user account.

    For example: Add-Computer -Domain "ten.forums" -Credential "Brink" -Force

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    5. Enter the password for your domain account (ex: "Brink"), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Note   Note
    Example of domain user account from server.
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    6. Restart the computer. After you restart, your PC will be joined to the domain (ex: "ten.forums").


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    28 Jul 2017 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Nice one Shawn, covering all options
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  2.    28 Jul 2017 #2
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    Thank you Kari.
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  3.    28 Jul 2017 #3

    I have a domain and a home network, would there be any advantage in joining the two together?
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  4.    28 Jul 2017 #4
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    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    I have a domain and a home network, would there be any advantage in joining the two together?
    Do you have a local server with domain controller set up?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    28 Jul 2017 #5

    No, the only servery type thing I have is a NAS.
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  6.    28 Jul 2017 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    No, the only servery type thing I have is a NAS.
    As so often in computing, one word or expression can mean different things depending on context. Word Domain does not make any exception, it can mean totally different things.

    I assume that when you mentioned you having a domain, you meant a domain as a website domain like http://www.some-website-name.com.

    Domain in the sense used in this tutorial means a local domain, a completely different thing. For that you need a machine running Windows Server operating system, and set up a local domain controller on that server. See this tutorial: Windows Server 2016 - Setup Local Domain Controller Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  7.    28 Jul 2017 #7

    Ah, thanks for clearing that up. You lean every day!
      My ComputersSystem Spec

 


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