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Joining a Domain: Windows 2000/XP Professional

Microsoft Windows NT/200x/XP Professional platforms can participate in domain security. This section steps through the process for making a Windows 200x/XP Professional machine a member of a domain security environment. It should be noted that this process is identical when joining a domain that is controlled by Windows NT4/200x as well as a Samba PDC.

  1. Click Start.

  2. Right-click My Computer, then select Properties.

  3. The opening panel is the same one that can be reached by clicking System on the Control Panel. See ???.

    Figure8.15.The General Panel.

    The General Panel.

  4. Click the Computer Name tab. This panel shows the Computer Description, the Full computer name, and the Workgroup or Domain name.

    Clicking the Network ID button will launch the configuration wizard. Do not use this with Samba-3. If you wish to change the computer name or join or leave the domain, click the Change button. See ???.

    Figure8.16.The Computer Name Panel.

    The Computer Name Panel.

  5. Click on Change. This panel shows that our example machine (TEMPTATION) is in a workgroup called WORKGROUP. We will join the domain called MIDEARTH. See ???.

    Figure8.17.The Computer Name Changes Panel.

    The Computer Name Changes Panel.

  6. Enter the name MIDEARTH in the field below the domain radio button.

    This panel shows that our example machine (TEMPTATION) is set to join the domain called MIDEARTH. See ???.

    Figure8.18.The Computer Name Changes Panel Domain MIDEARTH.

    The Computer Name Changes Panel Domain MIDEARTH.

  7. Now click the OK button. A dialog box should appear to allow you to provide the credentials (username and password) of a domain administrative account that has the rights to add machines to the domain.

    Enter the name “root” and the root password from your Samba-3 server. See ???.

    Figure8.19.Computer Name Changes Username and Password Panel.

    Computer Name Changes Username and Password Panel.

  8. Click on OK.

    The “Welcome to the MIDEARTH domain.” dialog box should appear. At this point the machine must be rebooted. Joining the domain is now complete.

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