Quickstart: Joining a Windows VM to a domain

This topic shows you how to join a Windows VM to a Managed Microsoft AD domain.

Before you begin

Before you begin, be sure you have completed the following tasks:

Joining a Windows VM to a domain

To connect to a domain for the first time, you must configure the necessary settings and tools, and then join your VM to the domain. You only need to complete these additional steps once per Managed Microsoft AD domain.

To join your VM to the domain:

  1. Connect to the Windows VM.

  2. On the Windows VM, open the Add Roles and Features Wizard.

  3. To enable the Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS) tools, in the Add Roles and Features Wizard, select the following checkboxes:

    • Role Administration Tools
    • AD DS and AD LDS Tools
    • Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell
    • AD DS Tools
    • Active Directory Administrative Center
    • AD DS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools
    • Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) (optional)
    • DNS Manager (optional)
  4. Close the wizard.

  5. Join the Windows VM to the Managed Microsoft AD domain.

    To join the VM to the domain, you need the following information:

    • The domain name of your Managed Microsoft AD domain.

    • The username and password for an account that has the permissions that are required to join a VM to the domain. By default, members of the Cloud Service Domain Join Accounts group have this permission. Learn about the groups that Managed Microsoft AD creates for you.

You can now manage Active Directory objects for your Managed Microsoft AD domain.

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