How can I join a domain from the command line?

A. A. The NT Resource Kit Supplement 2 ships a new utility called NETDOM.EXE which can be used to not only join domains, but create computer account and trust relationships.

To join a domain there are 2 paths, the first is to just add the computer to the domain and create the computer account simultaneously which is OK if you are logged on as a domain administrator, if you are not a domain administrator the account needs to be added in advance and then you join the domain.

If you are logged on as a domain administrator then enter the command below to create the account and join the domain

netdom /domain:savilltech /user:savillj /password:nottelling member <computer name> /joindomain
where <computer name> is the name of your machine, e.g. johnstation

If you are not an administrator the domain admin people will have to add you an account first using either server manager or using NETDOM.EXE

netdom /domain:savilltech /user:savillj /password:nettelling member <computer name> /add

Once the account has been add the normal user could join the domain using the first command shown.

See also,"How can I delete a registry value/key from the command line?"

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