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Connecting Desktop with active directory

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February 16, 2014 2:37:29 PM

Does anyone know how to hook up a desktop to a server using the active directory?
February 17, 2014 6:57:17 AM

The exact steps to take for this will vary a little depending upon the OS that you are using, but in general these are the steps to follow. You can probably find many guides available on Google or elsewhere of the exact steps to do these things for your given OS.

First, you will need to modify your IP address settings or ensure that they are configured properly to point to your domain controller. This mainly consists of either setting up a static IP address or configuring your DHCP server, and setting up the "Primary DNS Server" address to be the IP address of your domain controller server. This way the workstation can look to your domain controller server and recognize that is your DNS.

Once that is done, you need to go into the control panel System options and select to change the computer name. You don't have to actually change the computer name, but below that should be an option for having the computer joined to a workgroup (and there is a field for a workgroup name), or there is a radio button to select joining to a domain. Select this, and enter the name of your domain (such as company.local) and it should come up and confirm joining the domain by asking for an administrative username and password. You then will reboot your computer and be able to log in with a domain-connected user account.
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February 17, 2014 10:29:58 AM

choucove said:
The exact steps to take for this will vary a little depending upon the OS that you are using, but in general these are the steps to follow. You can probably find many guides available on Google or elsewhere of the exact steps to do these things for your given OS.

First, you will need to modify your IP address settings or ensure that they are configured properly to point to your domain controller. This mainly consists of either setting up a static IP address or configuring your DHCP server, and setting up the "Primary DNS Server" address to be the IP address of your domain controller server. This way the workstation can look to your domain controller server and recognize that is your DNS.

Once that is done, you need to go into the control panel System options and select to change the computer name. You don't have to actually change the computer name, but below that should be an option for having the computer joined to a workgroup (and there is a field for a workgroup name), or there is a radio button to select joining to a domain. Select this, and enter the name of your domain (such as company.local) and it should come up and confirm joining the domain by asking for an administrative username and password. You then will reboot your computer and be able to log in with a domain-connected user account.


Thanks for the information choucove. I have another question regarding the server. I am guessing that since I am connecting over a VPN that would be the reason to setup the server as a "primary DNS server"?
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February 17, 2014 1:26:29 PM

Connecting through a VPN is going to require more work than the above. Mainly because your VPN configuration also has to pass through DHCP or DNS settings properly to allow that communication.

But either way, the domain controller should be set up as your primary DNS server regardless. That way your computer knows to communicate to your DNS/Domain Server otherwise your computer doesn't really know that the domain controller is even there.
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