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Joining Computers to the Domain and Logging On

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

After you have installed Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and created one or more user accounts that have permissions to join a computer to the domain, you can join foundation network servers to the domain and log on to the servers in order to install additional technologies, such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), and Network Policy Server (NPS).


If you are logged on to a computer running Windows Server® 2008 with the local computer’s Administrator account, by default, you can join a computer to the domain with a user account that is a member of Domain Users in Active Directory Users and Computers.

In addition, you can use these instructions to join client computers to the domain and to log on to client computers.

On all servers that you are deploying, except for the server running AD DS, do the following:

  1. Complete the procedures provided in Configuring All Servers.

  2. Use the instructions in the following sections to join your servers to the domain and to log on to the servers to perform additional deployment tasks: