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Joining a Domain

If you’re part of an organization that’s large enough to have a domain, your network administrator probably added your PC to the domain for you. But you can join one yourself if you need to. (See also “Logging on to a Domain” in Chapter 16.)

To join a domain

1.
Choose Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > System > Computer Name tab > Network ID button.

The Network Identification Wizard appears.

2.
Click Next to skip the Welcome page.

3.
Select This Computer Is Part of a Business Network; then click Next.

4.
Select My Company Uses a Network Domain; then click Next.

5.
Click Next to skip the Network Information page.

This page tells you what information you’ll need to know in advance to join the domain.

6.
Type the user name, password, and domain name supplied by your network administrator; then click Next (Figure 17.9).

Figure 17.9. You can join a network domain during XP Pro installation or at any time afterward.


7.
If the Active Directory domain doesn’t recognize your PC, the Computer Domain page appears; consult your network administrator, and click Next.

8.
Select Do Not Add a User at This Time; click Next; then click Finish.

9.
You may have to restart your computer to join the domain.


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