Join a Virtual Machine to your Active Directory Domain

  • Synopsis

    This guide will show you how to join your Virtual Machine to an Active Directory domain. This guide assumes that you already have a domain configured in your environment and that your virtual machine is on network managed by the domain.
  • Applicable to

    All Sherweb Performance Cloud accounts
  • Prerequisite

    You must be a Sherweb Performance Cloud client.
    You must have an existing active directory in production

  • How to


    Get essential information from your Domain Controller  


    1. You will need to confirm your domain name. To do so:


              a. Log into your domain controller and then click the Start menu. In the search box, type Active Directory and select Active Directory Users and Computers in the results.




               b. Inside the Active Directory Users and Computers window, you will be able to note the domain name. In this example, the domain name is test.local.




    2. You will also need to get the internal IP address of the Domain Controller server. To do so:


               a. Log onto your domain controller and then click the Start menu. In the search box, type CMD, and select Command Prompt in the results.




               b. In the Command Prompt window, type ipconfig and press Enter on your keyboard.




               c. Note the IPv4 address. In our example, it’s



    Join your Virtual Machine to the domain


    1. Log onto the Virtual Machine that you would like to join to the domain via RDP or via the WAP console.


    Here’s how to connect to your Virtual Machine via RDP


    Here’s a how to connect to your virtual machine via Console:


    2. Open Network Connections:


              a. Click on the Start menu.

              b. Select Control Panel.




               c. Select Network and Internet.




              d. Select Network and Sharing Center.




               e. Select Change adapter settings.




    3. Inside the Network Connections window, right-click your network adapter and click Properties.




    4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.




    5. In the properties of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), select Use the following DNS server addresses and type the IP address of your Domain Controller you identified at step 2.c in the previous section of this procedure. In our example, the IP is




    6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the Ethernet Properties window


    7. Open the System information window:


               a. Click on the Start menu.

               b. Select Control Panel.




               c. Select System and Security.




              d. Select System.




    8. Click the option Change settings under the section Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings.




    9. Inside the System Properties window, click Change… under the tab Computer Name.




    10. In the new window Computer Name/Domain Changes, check the Domain option under the Member of section. Enter the domain name you noted at step 1.b in the previous section of this procedure.




    11. Click OK and enter the credentials of a domain administrator account and click OK again.




    12. A message confirms your VM has joined the domain successfully. When you click OK, another message indicates your VM will be reboot. Click OK to finish the configuration and then click on Restart Now.







  • Keywords

    Performance Cloud, VM, RDP, join, domain, active, directory, External, connect
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