I stated on the introductory page that Azure AD was different from Active Directory on-premises in a couple of ways. One of the most notable pieces missing is that while you can have user accounts in Azure AD you cannot have computer accounts, and join computers to the domain. This walkthrough is up to date as of Windows 10 build If you are running a different build things might look slightly different, but the basics have been consistent since pre-RTM. So, what is this?
Well, if you've installed Windows 8 or 8. There are pros and cons to this approach, and some might prefer using local accounts instead. If you're using your Windows in a work environment both those options are often uninteresting and you'll want to join an Active Directory domain and use domain accounts instead, and that approach still works in Windows When you want to join computers to the domain you really want to be on the company network though, and while you can do a join while connected via VPN on a non-domain account that is a bit of a hassle.
Since everyone's talking about the cloud non-stop there should be a different way to solve this right? Well, Azure AD Join might be that way. As the name of the feature implies this is a way for computers to join a directory running in Azure AD.
You can still have your on-prem domain, and a hybrid setup, but you don't have to join the computers through the on-prem domain controllers. There are two ways this join can be done. Either as part of the OOBE Out Of Box Experience , meaning that when you remove the shrinkwrap and boot up your new laptop for the first time you choose to enroll directly before logging into Windows.
This would be suitable for company owned devices where you're not supposed to use a local account. The other option is doing the Azure AD Join after logging in with a local account first. This is suitable if an employee owns the laptop themselves and has a valid need for having a local account in addition to the company issued credentials. Azure AD Join might be a perfect fit for some, and might be undesired by others - I'm just showing the technical bits. The details of the OOBE experience are not finalized yet.
It may very well be that the behavior is slightly different depending on which SKU of Windows 10 you have on your computer. Once the details are more clear the guide will be updated. Let's take a step through of what it looks like when you start the experience from within Windows. The normal OOBE has been completed, and a local account has been created and is logged in. You need to go to the Azure portal first and enable "Device Registration". You need to use the old portal at https: Find your tenant name under the Active Directory menu item, and go to the "Configure" tab.
Then click "Join Azure AD". A brief introductory text. Enter your credentials. If you have customized the branding for your tenant that will be applied when you focus on the password box. To ensure you know you're enrolling to the right company you have to confirm this.
Wait a couple of seconds while some traffic shuttles back and forth in the background. And we're done! After rebooting you will need to choose "Other user" on the login screen as opposed to the local account we used previously. Type in the credentials in the form of a full UPN or email address as you're likely to say to the end-users if you haven't modified the defaults.
If you decide later that this isn't something for you there is an option to "Disconnect from organization".
What happens next depends on a couple of factors. You might be prompted to provide a PIN code as an alternative method of signing in. This has worked in previous builds, but does not seem to be present in this build. There is also the possibility that the join triggered an MDM enrollment, and that your device is now busy pulling down apps and policies.
This might be covered in a different guide at a different time. The basic Azure AD Join experience ends here for now:
Posted on by guenni [ German ]Administrators who want to join a domain with clients running Windows 10 V Pro or Enterprise may run into a problem. A bug prevents the domain join. So far I am not aware that Microsoft has fixed this.
But there is a workaround in the form of an offline domain join using djoin. Windows 10 V is business ready, install it …. But there seems to be problems with this Windows 10 build in certain environments. A bug prevents a domain join via network Already in May , the Technet forum thread Unable to join domain with new windows 10 computers — build has been created.
A user wrote: I have 3 new computers that I am truing to join to our domain and it cant seem to find the domain. I can ping the domain controller. Any suggestions on resolving this without having to roll back to the previous build, which will also take with it all of the apps that I installed after this build was installed.
I have rolled back a computer and joined the domain from that computer, so I know that rolling back will work, but I did loose all the apps I installed and in the process of reinstalling them.
The domain controller is accessible from the Windows 10 V clients via ping, but with domain join the clients cannot find the DC. This error message is returned: Common causes of this error include: Within the thread, various solutions are proposed, but only seem to help for a few scenarios. So there is a hint that SMBv1 could be involved — which also causes trouble in connection with Samba servers see also here.
There is also such a discussion on reddit. Offline Domain Join Triggered from tips on German sites administrator. Advertising 1.
Open an administrative command prompt windows on your domain server and enter the command below. The placeholder PC-Name must be replaced by the network name of the new PC to be registered in the domain.. Copy the created file client.
Open an administrative command prompt windows on your client and enter the command below. In case of error message, consult the linked article for further hints.