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Adding Member Servers to the Domain

Adding member servers to a domain is very similar to adding desktop clients. You can add the server from the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in or you can add the server to the domain from the server itself. To add a Windows Server 2008 member server, follow these steps:

1. Open the Systems window for the member server (select Start, right-click Computer, and then select Properties from the shortcut menu). The System window opens.

2. In the Tasks pane (on the left of the window), click the Advanced system settings task. The System Properties dialog box opens. Select the Computer Name tab of the dialog box (see Figure 10.13).

Figure 10.13. The Computer Name tab of the System Properties dialog box.

3. Click the Change button and the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box will open.

4. Click the Domain option button and enter the name of the domain that the member server is to join. Then click OK. The Windows Security dialog box opens (see Figure 10.14).

Figure 10.14. A username and password with rights to add the server to the domain is required.

5. Provide the username and password of an account that has the permissions to add the server to the domain. Then click OK.

6. A message box opens, welcoming the computer to the domain; click OK. You are required to restart the server (a message box opens telling you to restart; click OK).

After the server has restarted it will be a member server in the domain. Adding the Windows member server to the domain in this way automatically adds the server’s computer account to the Active Directory. Member servers that have been added to the domain appear in the Computers node of the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in (as opposed to domain controllers, which are listed in the Domain Controllers node of a particular domain).

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