Joining a client computer to a domain is a fairly simple process. However, I have received quiet a few questions from viewers asking for help.
Towards the bottom of this tutorial will be a Troubleshooting section that can assist if you run into troubles.
Here in this tutorial, our goal is to join Windows 8 to a Windows Server 2012 domain.
Join Windows 8 to Windows 2012 Server Domain
Let’s Get Started
Log into the Windows 8 client computer you want to join to the domain.
Use the hot-key Win+W to open up the Settings Search and type domain. Press Enter.
Select the Domain radio button, and type in the domain name.
For this tutorial, I will be typing in notcreative.internal
You will be prompted to enter domain credentials that have access to join computers to the domain. I will be using my Domain Admin account cdavis.admin I created in a previous video since this user is part of the Domain Admins group.
If there were no problems with your credentials, follow the prompts to reboot.
Once rebooted, you should be at the log in prompt.
The default is to log into the local computer. You can see this by looking at the current username CLIENT-PC\LOCAL-USER.
Press the left arrow to switch users. Select Other User.
We need to log in using notcreative\cdavis.
At this point, you are on the domain.
Don’t forget to jump on your server and move the newly joined computer object from the default Computers OU to the proper OU within Active Directory Users and Computers.
The main problem people have is that the client cannot find the domain. This is most likely due to the DNS server setting on the client computer not pointing to the server’s IP address (specifically the DNS server’s IP address).
If the client computer cannot ping the domain name (in this case, notcreative.internal), then how is the computer going to be able to join the domain?
From the client computer, open up command prompt or PowerShell and try to ping your domain name.
If you cannot ping your domain name, run ipconfig /all
Make sure that the DNS server is set to the IP Address of your DNS server (in this case happens to be our server’s IP address).