Section 15.1. Joining a Domain: Windows 200xXP Professional

15.1. Joining a Domain: Windows 200x/XP Professional

Microsoft Windows NT/200x/XP Professional platforms can participate in Domain Security. This section steps through the process for making a Windows 200x/XP Professional machine a member of a Domain Security environment. It should be noted that this process is identical when joining a domain that is controlled by Windows NT4/200x as well as a Samba PDC.



Click Start.


Right-click My Computer, and then select Properties.


The opening panel is the same one that can be reached by clicking System on the Control Panel. See Figure 15.1.

Figure 15.1. The General Panel.


Click the Computer Name tab. This panel shows the Computer Description, the Full computer name, and the Workgroup or Domain name. Clicking the Network ID button launches the configuration wizard. Do not use this with Samba-3. If you wish to change the computer name, or join or leave the domain, click the Change button. See Figure 15.2.

Figure 15.2. The Computer Name Panel.


Click on Change. This panel shows that our example machine (TEMPTATION) is in a workgroup called WORKGROUP. We join the domain called MIDEARTH. See Figure 15.3.

Figure 15.3. The Computer Name Changes Panel


Enter the name MIDEARTH in the field below the Domain radio button. This panel shows that our example machine (TEMPTATION) is set to join the domain called MIDEARTH. See Figure 15.4.

Figure 15.4. The Computer Name Changes Panel Domain MIDEARTH


Now click the OK button. A dialog box should appear to allow you to provide the credentials (username and password) of a domain administrative account that has the rights to add machines to the domain. Enter the name "root" and the root password from your Samba-3 server. See Figure 15.5.

Figure 15.5. Computer Name Changes User name and Password Panel


Click OK. The "Welcome to the MIDEARTH domain" dialog box should appear. At this point, the machine must be rebooted. Joining the domain is now complete.

The screen capture shown in Figure 15.4 has a button labeled More.... This button opens a panel in which you can set (or change) the Primary DNS suffix of the computer. This is a parameter that mainly affects members of Microsoft Active Directory. Active Directory is heavily oriented around the DNS namespace.

Where NetBIOS technology uses WINS as well as UDP broadcast as key mechanisms for name resolution, Active Directory servers register their services with the Microsoft Dynamic DNS server. Windows clients must be able to query the correct DNS server to find the services (like which machines are domain controllers or which machines have the Netlogon service running).

The default setting of the Primary DNS suffix is the Active Directory domain name. When you change the Primary DNS suffix, this does not affect domain membership, but it can break network browsing and the ability to resolve your computer name to a valid IP address.

The Primary DNS suffix parameter principally affects MS Windows clients that are members of an Active Directory domain. Where the client is a member of a Samba domain, it is preferable to leave this field blank.

According to Microsoft documentation, "If this computer belongs to a group with Group Policy enabled on Primary DNS suffice of this computer, the string specified in the Group Policy is used as the primary DNS suffix and you might need to restart your computer to view the correct setting. The local setting is used only if Group Policy is disabled or unspecified."

    Samba-3 by Example. Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment
    Samba-3 by Example: Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment (2nd Edition)
    ISBN: 013188221X
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2005
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