Adding a Windows 7 machine to the Active Directory Domain

- Open Windows Explorer

- Go to Computer in the left-handpane

- Click on System properties at the top

- In the window that opens, click on Advanced system settings in the left-hand pane

- In the new window, click on the Computer Name tab at the top

- Click on the Change button in the bottom-right of the window

- Enter the name of the computer as it should appear in Active Directory

- On the bottom of the same window change the radial selection from Workgroup to Domain and enter the name of your Active Directory Domain.

- Hit the Enter Key or click on OK.

- Enter your Active Directory Domain administrator credentials.

- Your machine has now been added to the Active Directory Domain!

Adding a Windows 8.1 machine to the Active Directory Domain

- In Windows Search, type in System and click on the System Icon.

- Click on Change Settings on the right hand side of the new window (this should be across from labels reading Computer Name Domain and/or Workgroup).

- In the new window, click on Network ID ….

- Follow the on-screen instructions to Join a Domain or Workgroup. Note: You will need Domain Administrator Credentials.

Adding a Windows 10 machine to the Active Directory Domain

- Click on the Start Menu button located in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen– alternatively, simply use the Windows key on your keyboard (the one that looks like the Microsoft Windows key)

  • Click on Settings
  • Click on System
  • Click on About in the left-handpane.
  • Click on Join a domain
  • Enter your Domain Name and click Next.
  • Enter your Domain Credentials and click OK.

    Special Note: Using the Windows 10 Hotkey Combinations can simplify this process even further by negating the first two steps above. Additionally,you can join a domain from the Accounts Menu as well. For steps, see below.

  • Hold down the Windows Key + I to open the settings page
  • Tap or Click on Accounts
  • Tap or Click on Work Access in the left-hand pane
  • Tap or Click on Join a Domain

Binding a Mac OS X Machine to theActive Directory Domain

- Click on or open System Preferences.

- Click on the Padlock, located at the bottom of the right-hand pane in the new window.

- This will allow you to make the necessary changes to Bind the machine to the domain.

- You will be asked to enter Admin Credentials in order to make changes.

- Click on Login Options just above the padlock.

- Click on the Join…button in the right hand side of the window, next to Network Account Sever.

- In the new Window, you will see a blank field labeled Server: Enter the fully-qualified domain name of your desired Active Directory Domain, and then click OK.

- The bottom of the window will alter, and ask you to provide your Domain Credentials. As noted, you must be using Admin credential shere.

- BE CERTAIN to adjust the Client Computer ID to a unique and properly formatted version for your chosen Domain.

- If you have done everything accordingly, the window should close, and you will be returned to the Login Options screen in the System Preferences window.

- If the Binding was a success, you will see a small Green Dot next to the Network Account Server label.

Ex. For A System Keychain Password that does not expire enter the following command into the Terminal:

$ dsconfigad-passinterval 0

Ex. For a System Keychain Password that expires every 30 days enter the following command into the Terminal:

$ dsconfigad-passinterval30

OS X Desktop Password Reset

Desktop password reset is nothing new for Windows users – simply use the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination to open up a window, which enables you to change your password as needed. It’s quite simple, but a feature that does not exist within Macintosh OS X by default. As noted above – the appropriate (and necessary) method of natively resetting yourpassword in OS X is through the System & Userssection of the SystemPreferences. In addition to synchronizing the Login Keychain, this process also updates the password directly in ActiveDirectory – prepping the accountforaccess in all otherlocationsusingthe new credentials.

Another lacking feature in the native Active Directory setup, however, is that there is no way to reset a forgotten Active Directory password at the login screen of a Macintosh machine.

Fortunately, Active Directory Identity Management solutions do exist that will enable password recovery and self-service password reset directly from the Mac login screen to prevent any decrease in productivity and progress.