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How to: Join Windows Server 2012 Core to domain

Since Windows Server 2012 allowed add/remove of GUI “on the fly” via¬†Uninstall-WindowsFeature/Ininstall-WindowsFeature and their aliases amount of questions “How do I do X in Server Core” decreased drastically as there is now universal lazy man response to this – temporarily add GUI do thing X and remove GUI again. Not always time efficient but effective ūüôā

Anyhow almost everything can be done without GUI. Here is your option to perform domain join operation for server core box:

1) Old-school crutch sconfig ūüôā Option (1):

sconfig

You may see that it actually uses in netdom.exe in the background when it asks for password:

sconfig domain join

It even suggest you to change computer name in case you forgot do it in advance:

sconfig domain join - computer name change prompt

Assuming you entered correct password and DNS/IP settings allow you to locate and reach out domain controller you will receive reboot prompt in the end of this process:

sconfig domain join - restart prompt

Once restart is performed you can verify the results either via WMIC or PowerShell:

sconfig domain join - verify via WMIC or PS

2) Add-Computer commandlet.

3) djoin command. This one allows to perform offline domain join.

djoin

There is also related dsadd command but this can only be used to pre-create computer account in domain. This utility will create a computer account in the domain, but will not join the local computer from a workgroup to a domain.

 

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