Advice 1: How to turn a computer into a domain

Domains significantly facilitates the work of users, allowing only one time to log in and forget about all the passwords to various devices and files into a local network.
How to turn a computer into a domain
You will need
  • - administrator rights;
  • - LAN with a Windows domain;
  • - user account in the domain.
  • is the domain name.
To turn on the computer in the Windows domain on the tab "computer Name" in the window "system Properties". To open the window "system Properties" in Windows XP, using the "start" menu, open "control Panel" and click "System". If your computer is running Windows 7 or Vista, open "control Panel" and choose "System and security", in which click "System". On the opened page click on "advanced system settings" in the left sidebar.
In the window "system Properties" select the tab "computer Name". Click "Edit" in the opened window enter the name of the domain to which you want to turn on the computer. Then click on the OK button. In the window that appears, enter the domain user name and password. Then click OK and restart the computer. Your computer included in the domain.
In addition to the graphical interface, you can add a computer to the domain using the command line. In the operating system Windows XP NETDOM utility is included, which can add computer to the domain using the command:

netdom join computer_name /domain:domain_name /userd:domain_name\user_name /passwordd:user_pass.

Where computer_name, domain_name and user_name should be replaced by the names of the added computer, domain, and user and user_pass to change the user's password in the domain. In Windows 7 NETDOM utility has been replaced with command in PowerShell add-computer. To add a computer to a domain console Window 7, run the following command:

add-computer -DomainName domain_name -credential domain_name\user_name

Where domain_name and user_name will replace the domain name and user.
A Windows domain is not intended for home use, it is very easy in enterprise networks with a large number of users with different level of access to files and devices. Therefore, computers running operating systems for home use, that is, below the Professional level do not have the tools included in the domain. To add these computers to first reinstall the system.
Useful advice
There is a quicker way to open the window "system Properties". If you have Windows XP, right-click the mouse on the icon "My computer" and in the drop-down menu click on "system Properties". If you have Windows 7 or Vista, right click on "Computer" icon, select "system Properties" and click "advanced system settings".

When you turn on the computer to the domain on the same tab "computer Name" you can specify a description of your computer that will prompt for domain users.

Advice 2: How to add computer to domain

Connect a local computerrunning Windows^ to the domain is a standard operation performed by the normal operations of the system. The procedure does not require in-depth knowledge and the use of additional software.
How to add computer to domain
Connection of the local computer that is running Windows to a domain is done in the dialog "system Properties". There are several ways to open this dialog: bring up the main system menu by pressing the button "start" and open the context menu of the element "My computer/Computer" click right mouse button. Select "Properties";- go to "Run". Type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and confirm the selected actions by clicking the OK button;- go to "control Panel". Expand the "Performance and maintenance" double click the mouse and select the "System".
Go to the tab "computer Name" dialog box and type the name of your domain in "Domain". Use the "Advanced" button to change the DNS suffix and save the made changes by pressing three times the button OK. Restart the system to apply the changes.
Use an alternative method of adding computer to the domain using the built-in utilities Netdom.exe. To do this, return to the main menu start and click All programs. Open the link to "Standard" and call the context menu item "Command prompt" by right-clicking the mouse. Select "Run as administrator" and напечатайтеnetdom join %ComputerName% /domain:domainname /userd:DOMAINadministrator /password:parolu text box with a command shell. Confirm the selected action by pressing the function key Enter.
Please note that by default Windows 7 utility Netdom.exe not available. To activate this built-in tool from the RSAT package, available for free download on the official website of Microsoft.
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