How to add Windows 10 to Windows Server 2019 domain.

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Hi. How are you? A Windows domain is essentially a network of controlled computers used in a business setting. In other words, it is a server that responds to security authentication requests within a Windows Server domain. A domain controller gives access to another domain in a trust relationship so that a user logging into a domain can access resources in another domain. In order to take advantage of the advantages offered by a domain, the first thing we need to do is to join it. With this intention, we are going to show you how to join Windows 10 to a domain in Windows Server 2019.

Configures the network of the client computer.

Please note that to join a domain, it must already be configured. If you don’t know how to do it, check here. In the first place, you have to configure your network by setting the preferred DNS server to the IP address of the domain controller. For that purpose, follow the next path: Windows Settings>Network & Internet>Change Adaptor Options>Ethernet>Internet Protocol Version 4>Use the following DNS server addresses.

Assing DNS server manual. Use IP from the domain controller
Assing DNS server manual. Use IP from the domain controller

Testing network configuration

Once the configuration is finished, let’s test if it is correct. The way to do it is to ping the server. With this in mind, type CMD in the search bar to run a Command Prompt.

Open a CMD
Open a CMD

He then writes the following command:

 ping nameofserver

Where nameofserver is the domain server name. By placing the server name instead of its IP address, we check two variables. First, we’ll see if the client computer is on the same network as the server. In addition, we check that the DNS configuration of the client is correct and that the DNS server of the domain controller is OK. If everything has been done right, the server will respond and response like the following will appear.

Ping to the server
Ping to the server

If the system throws some kind of error, please check the network configuration on both devices.

Modify the computer name and join it to the domain.

Please note that you must have a computer account in the domain. Please note that you must have a team account on the domain. Next, we will modify the name of our computer and place the name of the account. With this intention, right-click on the start menu, and then select system.

Go to System setting
Go to System setting

In the following window, you can see the name of the computer that comes predetermined by the installation of windows. Besides, it is linked to the WORKGROUP group.

Computer Name Information
Computer Name Information

Click on change settings.

Change the computer name
Change the computer name

To modify the computer name and join the domain, please click on Change., please click on Change. For these purposes, we have created an account named test1. On the other hand, we will place the domain name of the server, in my case telematic.local. Press OK to continue

changing the name of the computer and adding it to the domain.
Changing the name of the computer and adding it to the domain.

From that moment the system begins to look for the domain in the network. In case of not finding it, it will throw a message of errors and you need to verify the previous steps. If the answer is positive, the system will ask for a username and password for the domain. This account must have privileges to link the client to the domain.

Computer name and domain change
Computer name and domain change

If the information is correct, the system will ask to restart the computer to validate the changes. Otherwise, you have to verify the account information.

Login to the domain

Once the system is restarted, you have to log in with a domain user account. To start, click on the welcome screen.

Windows welcome screen.
Windows welcome screen.

By default, the local account appears. To log in with a different account, click on Other account.

Logging with another user
Logging with another user

As you can see, below the user appears the domain name. This indicates that we are going to log in to the domain. Please enter a username and password.

Logging with a domain account
Logging with a domain account

Then the session will start in a normal way, although it will take a little longer. This is motivated by creating new user profile information.

Domain account loading
Domain account loading

When it finishes booting, the appearance of the workspace will be the default, even if the user account had changed it. However, to check that the computer is actually connected to the system, follow this path: Control Panel>System and Security>System.

Computer linked to the domain
Computer linked to the domain

All right, we’ve joined a Windows 10 team to a domain in Windows Server 2019. This will allow you to manage the team from the server, as well as share resources. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Please join our channel on Telegram

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