Server 2003 Tutorials

This tutorial explains how to join a domain network step by step including how to leave a domain network whenever it is required.

Pre-quest of client process

  • ADS is configured on server 2003 and working
  • DNS is configured on server 2003 and working
  • Client computer is connected with Server.

Once you have completed necessary steps go on client computer and login form administrator account.
login from administartor

Right click on My computer and Select Properties In properties click on change button from Computer name tab
my computer properties

In open window select Domain form Member of radio select pane. And give our server name that is Example.com. It will ask you to authenticate the joining. We will use default administrator account of server as we haven't created special account for this purpose.

Give the username to administrator and server administrator’s password.
password of administrator

After few minute a welcome message will appear on screen click on it.
welcome domain

System reboot is required to take the effect. Restart the system
restart

There are several way to confirm that system is client or not. You can confirm on login screen.
If you see the logon to options on login screen means system is the member of domain network.
If you don't found any logon to options here means system is the part of workgroup network.

login screen of xp

After login you can check it in My computer properties. Select computer name tab in My computer properties.

If you see workgroup here mean computer is the part of workgroup network.
If you see the domain here means computer is the part of domain network.
my computer properties

How to disjoin from domain network

We have successfully joined the client in domain. Now we would learn how to remove client form domain. For practice we would remove the client which we have just added.

Login form local administrative account.
login from administartor

Right click on My computer and Select Properties In properties click on change button from Computer name tab
my computer properties

In open window select WORKGROUP form Member of radio select pane. And give any name. It will ask you to authenticate the disjoining. We will use default local administrator account.

Give the username to administrator and local administrator's password.
password of administrator

After few minute a welcome message will appear on screen click on it. System reboot is required to take the effect. Restart the system
restart

After reboot Verify disjoining process by any method given in above. Either by login screen or my computer properties.

my computer properties

Administrator account can be used in LAB environments. But in a real company environments using administrator account for joining or disjoining process create a huge security risk. Always avoid using administrator account for this process. In our next article we will discuss that how we can deploy other account for this process.