Connecting to AD
This tutorial applies to the following operating system(s):
After completion of this tutorial, your machine will be connected to Active Directory.
Most university computers benefit from being joined to Active Directory domain. This is usually done by a System Administrator. This tutorial will walk you through joining your machine to AD.
Most computers on the UI network benefit from being joined to the Active Directory. ITS offers a simple way to connect to the AD using the Domain Joining Tool.
The domain joining tool offers the easiest way to connect your current computer to the AD. Simply download the tool and run it as an administrator of the computer — the tool does the rest. Download the domain joining tool from our software page.
Enter your NetID username and password when prompted, and be sure to run the program as an administrator on the computer.
Here’s an outline of what the tool does:
- Ensure the logged-in user has local administrative access.
- Compare all enumerated client MAC addresses with all computer objects in Active Directory.
- Rename the computer if they differ in AD and on the client computer.
- Reboot if necessary (for proper naming).
- Bind the computer to Active Directory.
- Add <computername>-ws-users and <computername>-ws-administrators to local Users and Administrators groups respectively.
- Delete AD Domain Admins from the local Users group.
In addition, the script will check to see if the machine is already bound to a domain. If it is, the script will exit.
The tool imports information from NMS into Active Directory. So, if you’d like to use this tool, make sure your computer record in NMS is named properly. If you are experiencing trouble or do not have access to NMS, please contact the ITS Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.