Joining a computer to an organization’s domain is one of the most important things an IT administrator handles when provisioning a device. Joining a domain allows IT administrators to push out policies that help make the devices compliant with an organization’s policies. These policies can be security-focused, such as allowing only certain devices in a security group to join the staff wireless network. The policies can also grant end-users access to company resources such as printers, servers and applications. Paired with Azure Cloud Services, a domain-joined computer can be managed and monitored on a deeper level than an on-premise Active Directory environment. In this article I will show you how to join an Azure Active Directory Domain Note: Windows Home Editions are not able to be domain-joined. You must upgrade to the Pro/Enterprise/Education editions.
1. Accessing accounts
First, navigate to the Windows Settings. This is indicated by the gear icon (). You can also type 'Settings' in the search bar to get to the Settings.
Once in the Windows Settings, find and select Accounts.
2. Connecting an account
Next choose Access Work or School Account. Once selected, select Connect.
3. Join device to Azure Active Directory
Once selected, a modal will prompt. Under 'Alternate actions' select the option to Join this device to Azure Active Directory.
4. Input email address
You will be prompted to enter your organization email address. After doing so, confirm that the domain is correct and select Join.
5. Joining the organization
If the joining of the domain is successful, you will get a popup saying 'You’re all set!' and that the device is connected to your organization. At this point you have successfully joined a Windows computer to Azure Active Directory.
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