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Windows 7: step by step for adding a computer to a domain

02 Aug 2012   #1

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step by step for adding a computer to a domain

How do i set up the dns right? What other requirements do I need to meet before I can successfully add a computer to a domain? I am interning at a computer company and need to figure this out..... I don't speak much technology language yet so the more simple instructions the better!!!! THANKS!!!!

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02 Aug 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Make sure you are connected to the network before attempting these instructions.

To add a computer to a domain you need to have that domain's admin username and password or your username should be a member of the domain admin group. (local admin will not work).

Your domain should be setup for DNS server and DHCP server to issue these values when a client computer attempts to connect it.

Before you attempt to connect to the Domain Server's Active Directory, go to the connected network adapter's IP settings and set "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically".

Right click on Computer icon either on desktop or inside start menu, and in the system properties, click on Advanced System Settings.

Go to the first tab (Computer name) and click on Network ID button. This will start a wizard, which will guide you through various steps involved in joining to an existing domain.

You can also use the Change button and enter the Domain name in the member of Domain field and click enter. This will ask you for the domain admin's username and password. Enter them and after authentication the computer will join the Domain and you will get a dialog box saying "Welcome to Domain (Domain name)". If the system could not find the domain's active directory then an error message will pops up. You need to fix the error and try again.
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02 Aug 2012   #3

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Before you attempt to connect to the Domain Server's Active Directory, go to the connected network adapter's IP settings and set "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically".

where is this?
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02 Aug 2012   #4

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This might help. Those settings are in your IPv4 properties.

Connect your computer to a domain


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02 Aug 2012   #5

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Ik that I just want to know about properly setting up all of DNS settings
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02 Aug 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

If you want to setup the IPv4 values manually then you need the following values

Your client computer's IP address and Subnet Mask
Default Gateway IP of the domain Controller.

Primary DNS IP address
Alternate DNS IP address

If you know these values, then you may manually fill these details in the network adapter's IPv4 settings. If you do not know these values, then get them from your domain admin.

I am assuming you have fairly decent knowledge of networking principles. Otherwise you can not complete the job.
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04 Aug 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lex123412 View Post
Ik that I just want to know about properly setting up all of DNS settings
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lex123412 View Post
Before you attempt to connect to the Domain Server's Active Directory, go to the connected network adapter's IP settings and set "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically".

where is this?

I'm pretty sure I gave you what you asked for about joining a Domain?

I also posted a picture of where to type the IP and DNS servers which is your IPv4 properties.

In fact both things you asked for are in my first post.

For DNS just type in the preferred DNS servers addresses either into the IPv4 properties window or type them into your routers settings for DNS servers.
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