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Chapter 26. Joining a Domain and the Act... > Joining a Domain Using Windows XP

Joining a Domain Using Windows XP

You can join a domain when you first install Windows XP. When you get to the network selections dialog boxes, just enter the domain name. If your network administrator has already created a computer account for the computer, then it can join the domain automatically. You will be asked for a username and password of a domain account that has the right to join a computer to a domain. This feature again is to prevent just anyone from hooking up a computer to your network and joining it to the domain.

When the administrator creates a computer account in the domain, the administrator only has to give a name to the computer that will join the domain. The purpose of having an administrator username and password when the computer actually joins the domain is to prevent someone from finding out the names of computer accounts that have been created and simply using those names to install computers on your network. The administrator username and password is used to authenticate that the computer for which the account was created is indeed the computer joining the domain.


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