Remove/rejoin computer to domain via Powershell script?


I need to revert to an ESXI vmware snapshot of a vm all the time.
Regularely I get the message "trust relationship between this workstation and the domain failed".
I need to remove it from the domain, reboot add it to the domain reboot what is ennoying.

Please advise howto do this in an easier way, via Powershell or other?

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GG VPConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can use Remove-Computer to remove the computer from domain,

Parameter Set: Remote
Remove-Computer -UnjoinDomainCredential <PSCredential> [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Force] [-LocalCredential <PSCredential> ] [-PassThru] [-Restart] [-Workgroup <String> ] [ <CommonParameters>]

PS C:\> Remove-Computer -ComputerName Server01 -UnjoinDomainCredential Domain01\Admin01 -Workgroup Local -Restart -Force
Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
Use the Add-Computer command:
$name = $Env:ComputerName
$cred = Get-Credential
Add-Computer -WorkgroupName WORKGROUP -ComputerName $name
Add-Computer -Domain domain-name -Credential $cred -ComputerName $name
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Ok, but howto do this remotely?
oBdAConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Easier solution to prevent this from happening in the first place: create a GPO applied only to this VM (by security filtering or a separate GPO), in which you enable the "Domain member: Disable machine account password changes" policy (
Restore the snapshot, re-join the restored machine one last time to the domain (btw: you can save yourself the first reboot; remove from domain, close the dialogs, re-open the dialog, rejoin, reboot), open rsop.msc to make sure the policy is applied, then take a new base snapshot.
GG VPConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can use Add-Computer to join the computer to domain,


Parameter Set: Domain
Add-Computer [-DomainName] <String> -Credential <PSCredential> [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Force] [-LocalCredential <PSCredential> ] [-NewName <String> ] [-Options <JoinOptions> ] [-OUPath <String> ] [-PassThru] [-Restart] [-Server <String> ] [-UnjoinDomainCredential <PSCredential> ] [-Unsecure] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

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This command adds the Server01 computer to the Domain02 domain. It uses the LocalCredential parameter to specify a user account that has permission to connect to the Server01 computer

PS C:\> Add-Computer -ComputerName Server01 -LocalCredential Server01\Admin01 -DomainName Domain02 -Credential Domain02\Admin02 -Restart -Force

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