You cannot only join further UCS servers to an existing UCS domain but also various clients. After the join you can manage and configure these clients easily via the Univention Management Console from anywhere you are. Among those administrative tasks are, for example, the installation of software, the monitoring and controlling of services, and the network configuration.
In this article and in the video below I will show you in detail how easy that is.
Active Directory-compatible Domain Controller
First of all, we install the application Active Directory-compatible Domain Controller, which we require to enable the domain join. You can download this app for free from the Univention App Center.
The App Center can be found in the software module of the UMC.
After the installation of the “Active Directory-compatible Domain Controller” we change to the Windows client, which shall join the UCS domain.
Adjust networks settings
To guarantee a successful domain join, you first have to configure the IP address of the UCS domain controller as DNS server within the network setting of the Windows client.
You find the network settings very easily via the net symbol in your task bar
or open the network and release center via “System settings” > “Network and Internet” > “Network and release center” and click on “Change adapter settings”.
Via the properties of your LAN or WLAN connection insert now the appropriate IP of your UCS domain controller as the DNS server and save it.
Adjust domain settings
To start the domain join it is required to register the Windows client as member of your UCS domain via the system settings.
You therefore navigate to the settings of your system. The easiest way to do that is to open the start menu and select “Computer”, “Properties” with a right mouse click. In that window you click on “Change settings”.
Now you have to indicate the domain of your UCS system as the domain for the Windows client.
The name of your domain can be seen on the top right in the UMC.
After click on OK or Accept you are then asked to authenticate with the administrator account of the domain to confirm the domain join.
After a short while a new window opens up that verifies the successful join to the UCS domain. The client has to be restarted then.
When the client has been booted successfully, you can log in to the Windows system with a domain user of your choice.
This was our short introduction on the topic of joining a Windows client to a UCS domain. The next video will deal with the topic of Active Directory connection.
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Marcel is a trainee to become an IT specialist with the focus on system integration and works in the Professional Services Team of Univention.