In this tutorial “how”, we will see how to join a Windows server with graphical interface to an Active Directory domain.
In order to be able to join, the server must be able to resolve the DNS name of the domain.
Verify that the server resolves the Active Directory domain using the ping command
Open a command prompt and ping the Active Directory domain name
Open the server manager
Open the server manager and click on Local server in the navigation panel.
Open system properties
Click on the name of the workgroup to open the system properties.
Edit system properties
Click on the Change button.
Enter the Active Directory domain name
In the Member of a section, select Domain and enter the domain name and click OK.
Enter credentials for a domain account
Enter the information for a domain user account authorized to join computers and click OK.
Validate the confirmation message of entry in the domain of the server
Click OK to close the message confirming entry into the Active Directory domain
Confirm the message indicating that the parameters have been applied after restarting.
Click on OK
Close system properties
Click on the Close button.
Restart the server
Click on Restart now
After restarting, it is possible to connect to the server with a domain user who is authorized to log on to it.