Join Domain in Windows® 7
Domain is a type of computer network that is usually used in the offices or in the workplace. Computers joined in a domain work under a common rule or are centrally administrated. There are many ways to join the domain to Windows 7. Common among them are the traditional way and by using NETDOM. In the traditional way, first of all open 'System' by clicking the 'Start' button. Right click 'Computer' and then choose 'Properties'. Under the 'Computer name, domain and workgroup settings', select 'Change settings'. Select the 'Computer Name' tab, and then choose 'Change'. Under Member of, select Domain and type the name of the domain that you need to join, and then click 'Ok'. The user can be asked to type the username and password for the domain. Once you have joined to the domain, you will be prompted to restart your system. You have to restart your system before the variations take effect.
There are some requirements that the user has to fulfill before connecting domain to Windows 7. They are:
- Need a valid IP address
- Connectivity to the domain controller
- Correctly configured DNS server
Need a valid IP address
The domain needs to be valid for the network which you are linked to. The user can configure one manually, obtain one from a local DHCP Server. You can also accept an APIPA address that starts with 169.254.X.Y.
Connectivity to the domain controller
You need to ensure the connectivity to the domain controller. The IP address that you have configured should be good enough to facilitate you to join to one of the domain controllers on your Domain. You can test your connectivity with PING, but make note that an effective PING will not guarantee that you have got correct connection to the domain controllers.
Without an appropriately configured DNS server, your Windows 7 system may not correctly connect to the domain. Even if it did, it may take a lot of time to actually log-on, and many AD related administration tasks cannot work. The DNS server must include a zone with the correct name of the AD domain you are trying to join. Also, it can hold four SRV folders. If it does not , the zone is not correctly configured to recognize dynamic registrations, or it is not a Windows 2000/2003/2008 DNS server, or the Domain Controller does not contain working connection with the DNS server.
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