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Join a Computer to a Domain

Applies To: Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0

For Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 to function, each computer that functions as a federation server must be joined to a domain. federation server proxies may be joined to a domain, but this is not a requirement.

You do not have to join a Web server to a domain if the Web server is hosting claims-aware applications only.

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, on the local computer is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To join a computer to a domain

  1. On the computer that you want to join to a domain, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.

  2. Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.

  3. On the Computer Name tab, click Change.

  4. Under Member of, click Domain, type the name of the domain that this computer will join, and then click OK.

  5. Click OK, and then restart the computer.

Additional references

Checklist: Setting Up a Federation Server

Checklist: Setting Up a Federation Server Proxy