Adding a Macbook to a Windows Domain


Microsoft Active Directory manages computers in a Windows domain. Machines running Windows can easily be added to Active Directory through the device manager, as long as the person adding the computer has administrative rights. You can also add computers running Mac OS to a Windows domain through the Apple OS utilities menu.

  • Open a Finder window and select "Go" > "Utilities."

  • Double-click "Directory Utility."

  • Click on the padlock in the lower-left corner and log in as a user with administrator access.

  • Click "Show Advanced Settings."

  • Click "Services."

  • Click on the box next to "Active Directory."

  • Click "Apply."

  • Click the "Directory Servers" button.

  • Click the "+" icon.

  • Select "Active Directory" in the "Add directory of type" box.

  • Enter the domain to connect to in the "Active Directory Domain" box.

  • Enter the username and password with administrative access to add the computer in the "AD Domain Username" and "AD Domain Password" boxes.

  • Log off your Mac computer.

  • Log back in and select "Other" from the log-in menu.

  • Enter your Active Directory domain credentials in the following format: yourdomain\username.

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