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Join network clients to new domain RRS feed

  • Question

  • I need to join a couple of computers which were formerly in another domain (now non-existent)  to a new SBS 2012 Essentials domain.  These other computers are currently functioning as standalone computers and can access some files on the computers in the new SBSE 2012 domain as if they were part of a workgroup, but this is clunky.  How is the best way to unjoin these computers from the old, defunct domain and connect them to the new SBSE 2012 domain, keeping as much of the configuration of the computers as possible (i.e., we do not want to have to reinstall programs like Adobe and Office, if possible). 
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:36 PM

Answers

  • Removing from old domain should not break the programs, it will reset the profile and user settings so backup the user profile with one of many tools forensit or even the windows easy transfer tool, things to look for, desktop, my documents, and outlook PST's, internet favorites  save them to put in new profile, there may be minor settings that need to be adjusted in apps.

    The behavior should be similar to adding a new user to the computer and logging on as that user which you could do before removing and adding to new domain to test software.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:29 PM
  • as Darren said, protect settings and documents in the existing profile.  Be absolutely positive you know the name and password for a local administrator.

    Then

    Start - right click computer - properties -(advanced) name - change - make workgoup and change computer name if desired.

    Reboots

    Logon as admin.  Be sure the computer name is what you want.

    Then

    open IE, navigate to http://server-name/connect

    follow the instructions from the Essentials join computer wizard.


    Larry Struckmeyer[MVP] If your question is answered please mark the response as the answer so that others can benefit.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:35 PM

All replies

  • Removing from old domain should not break the programs, it will reset the profile and user settings so backup the user profile with one of many tools forensit or even the windows easy transfer tool, things to look for, desktop, my documents, and outlook PST's, internet favorites  save them to put in new profile, there may be minor settings that need to be adjusted in apps.

    The behavior should be similar to adding a new user to the computer and logging on as that user which you could do before removing and adding to new domain to test software.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:29 PM
  • as Darren said, protect settings and documents in the existing profile.  Be absolutely positive you know the name and password for a local administrator.

    Then

    Start - right click computer - properties -(advanced) name - change - make workgoup and change computer name if desired.

    Reboots

    Logon as admin.  Be sure the computer name is what you want.

    Then

    open IE, navigate to http://server-name/connect

    follow the instructions from the Essentials join computer wizard.


    Larry Struckmeyer[MVP] If your question is answered please mark the response as the answer so that others can benefit.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:35 PM