Wednesday, December 31, 2014

offline domain join

normally a DJ is manual local process

offline DJ benefits

  • save time and effort for large deployments (datacenters, labs, new dept, large scale PC deployment)
  • doesn't require network connectivity
  • auto-joined @ first boot and no reboot
  • unattended.xml if wanted
  • "/downlevel" for pre-R2 DCs
  • new in win-12: allows direct access config

Provisioning command to add computer to domain:

from DC, create Base64 security file valid only for computer named specified.

copy blob.txt (base64 security file) created in command above to target computer 

Djoin command:

from the computer to join, issue command then restart.

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