Add many workstations to domain

Posted on 2009-04-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
What is the most efficient way to join many workstations ( on the order of 100 ) to a new domain?  Can this be done centrally?
Question by:crm-serv

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I'm using ConnectComputer functionality from SBS. It was tested on 2003 domain migrating 250 clients in one night.

Priprava AD in orodja
1) Create User nad Computer accounts in AD.
2) Copy folder c:\inetpub\wwwroot\ConnectComputer from SBS
3) check data in server.txt in that folder
Preparing workstations
1) export any certificates from IE
2) check which Doc&Settings folder belongs to specific user
3) run (in IE!) http://server/connectcomputer
4) Install ActiveX
5) enter domain admin and password (if OU was not modified everyone full contorl or add,modify child objects)
6) choose domain user(s), that will work on that client, Add
7) choose which local user maps to which domain user
8) Next
9) choose new coputer name
10) Finish, restart (Continue)
11) move to next client, repeat from 1.

Adding users from excel: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/File_Servers/Active_Directory/Q_24212105.html

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I have looked at the suggested solutions and find that they either do not specifically address joining a domain or require individually joining a domain computer by computer.

While continuing to research this I have found discussion in Mark Minasi's "Windows Server 2003" on page 622 a description of using a tool available with that server software - NETDOM.  It has a feature for adding a machine and joining it to a specified domain.  Looks like this could be used in a startup script to do what I am trying to accomplish.

Thank you all for your suggestions but I think I have found the solution I am looking for.


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