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How to Add Window 7 to a Windows 2003 Server Environment

Updated on July 30, 2014


This is how you can add a Windows 7 to a Windows 2003 SBS domain environment in 5 easy steps. Unlike Microsoft’s previous desktop Operating Systems, the standard method of adding this OS to the domain will not work. This is because the system is much newer than its host server. Here is how it is done.


Step 1

First – logon using an account with administrator privileges and then right click on My Computer and select Properties. Then select Advance system settings.

Advanced system properties
Advanced system properties | Source

Step 2

The next step is to rename the computer and add it to a domain. There are two ways to do this. The first is by calling up a wizard using the Network ID button and the second is by manually adding it using the Change button. For this purpose I will use the later. Click on Change.

Change the computer name and add the domain name.
Change the computer name and add the domain name. | Source

Step 3

Now enter the computer name of your choice and add a domain. In this case I’m using OHE.local. If you try the domain without .local and it doesn’t work then I suggest adding it. Click OK when you are done.

Enter a valid password.
Enter a valid password. | Source

Step 4

The computer will now ask for a domain username and password with administrator privileges. You must have this information. If you don’t, then contact your Systems Administrator.

Welcome to your domain.
Welcome to your domain. | Source

Step 5

Once the username has been verified then you will be added to the network.

Congratulations you now know how to add a Windows 7 computer to your Windows 2003 network /domain.

Joining a Windows 7 Client to a domain


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