Add join a Computer to Domain Membership or WorkGroup Membership

By | September 8, 2009

There are two types of computer memberships on Windows Operating Systems. They are,

  1. Domain Membership
  2. WorkGroup Membership

Domain Membership

Domain Membership joins the computer to a Domain Controller (eg: Samba PDC, Active Directory). Using Domain controller System Administrator can centrally monitor and manage each windows clients. They can even set securities, access policies, group policies etc… from the domain controller.

Domain membership help computers to act like Server – Client model. Each operation on the client systems are controlled by the rules and regulation from the domain controller to which the computer be a member of.

After joining a computer to a domain membership, by default there would be two Administrator users. They are called Local Administrator and Domain Administrator.

WorkGroup Membership

WorkGroup enables the Windows operating systems to communicate each other on a single LAN (Local Area Network). Communication will be carried out depending on the computer workgroup names. Same workgroup allow each other access to their files, printers, Internet connection etc…

After joining a computer to Workgroup membership, by default there would be one Administrator user. He is named as Local Administrator.

How to join a computer to Domain Membership

  1. Login as Administrator.
  2. Go to My Computer – Properties
  3. Click on Computer Name tab
  4. Click on Change Icon
  5. Select Member of option
  6. Check the Radio button on Domain
  7. Enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name
  8. Prompt ask for Domain administrator user name and password .
  9. Enter the user name and password
  10. Click ok – Machine will restart automatically.
  • Dns should resolve to the full qualified domain name.

  • Network connection between domain controller and client should be proper.

Verify the Domain Membership

  1. Login into the computer
  2. Go to My Computer – Properties
  3. Click on Computer Name tab
  4. See the computer name

Computer name is now updated with the domain name. Name will display like hostname.domain format.

How to join a computer to WorkGroup Membership

  1. Login as Administrator.
  2. Go to My Computer – Properties
  3. Click on Computer Name tab
  4. Click on Change Icon
  5. Select Member of option
  6. Check the Radio button on WorkGroup
  7. Enter the workGroup Name
  8. Prompt ask for Local administrator user name and password .
  9. Enter the user name and password
  10. Click ok – Machine will restart automatically.

Verify the WorkGroup Membership

  1. Login into the computer
  2. Go to My Computer – Properties
  3. Click on Computer Name tab
  4. See the WorkGroup

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Melbin Mathew
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Melbin Mathew

I am Melbin Mathew, Systems Engineer from Kerala, India. I live with my parents, daughter and my wonderful wife. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Hardware from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and completed certification in MCITP, RHCE, CCNA, VCP ...Read More
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About Melbin Mathew

I am Melbin Mathew, Systems Engineer from Kerala, India. I live with my parents, daughter and my wonderful wife. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Hardware from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and completed certification in MCITP, RHCE, CCNA, VCP ...Read More