How do you join a Windows 11 computer to an Active-Directory domain?

How do you join a Windows 11 computer to an Active-Directory domain?

In this blog I will explain how to join a Windows 11 computer into an Active-Directory domain.

You can add any Windows machine to an Active Directory domain. In this article you can find the activation to create your own domain join.

If you host servers, applications, printers and software in Microsoft Azure, integrated with Azure AD then you may no longer need an Active-Directory environment. In a previous blog I also wrote how you can add devices without an Active-Directory environment. 

Make sure your Windows 11 computer is connected to the domain controllers

Before you can add your Windows-11 computer to the domain, it is necessary that this computer has a direct connection to the domain controllers. It is also necessary that the computer can 'resolve' the DNS name of the domain.

Join a Windows 11 computer in an Active Directory domain

Press Settings - About

Windows 11 - System About

Select: Domain or workgroup to add your computer to an AD domain.

Windows 11 Domain or workgroup

Then select -> Change.

System Properties Windows 11 Change Domain

Add the desired domain that can be reached from the internal network.

Windows 11 computer Name / Domain Changes Member of

Enter credentials of a domain administrator

Enter credentials from a domain administrator to add the Windows 11 computer to the Active-Directory domain. After this step is completed, the computer is domain joined.

Credentials Domain Join Windows 11

Restart your Windows 11 computer

Once your computer has restarted, you can authenticate with Active Directory accounts in Windows 11.

Logon Screen Windows 11 domain joined Device Active Directory
Example System Settings Windows 11 domain joined

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Roland Tyskens
Roland Tyskens
1 month ago

Merci pour ces informations, elles seront me très utile.

I would just like some information on the migration from Windows 10 to 11.
How do I know if the PC is in Windows 10 in one area and that I want to migrate to Windows 11?

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