ad user accounts, computer. domain, roaming profiles

i have staff that use computers that are not connected to the domain but workgroup and do not have accounts on the domain.

how do i connect them to the domain and let them save their files to the domain and have the domain control the computers? what is the easiest, best way to do this using the least amount of resources and network traffic?
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Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.  Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Click the Computer Name tab, and then click Change. Alternatively, click Network ID to use the Join a Domain or Workgroup wizard to automate the process of connecting to a domain and creating a domain user account on your computer.

Under Member of, click Domain.

Picture of the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box
The Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box
Type the name of the domain that you want to join, and then click OK.

You will be asked to type your user name and password for the domain.

Once you are successfully joined to the domain, you will be prompted to restart your computer. You must restart your computer before the changes take effect.

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stevekee65Author Commented:
do the users files automatically get copied to the domain? the user was using the computer as a local machine so their are local account files on the computer
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
do the users files automatically get copied to the domain? the user was using the computer as a local machine so their are local account files on the computer

You can simply copy these files, without any issues. However, in order to have the users be able to access them on the domain, the user needs to have an Active Directory Account as well as the computer needs to be part of the domain.

Once you have done this all you need to do is transfer the files to the network location on the domain and the appropriate ACL will be propagated from the directory's parent.

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