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Tutorial Overview
To join a computer to a domain, you must be logged on to the computer with the local Administrator account or, if you are logged on to the computer with a user account that does not have local computer administrative credentials, you must provide the credentials for the local Administrator account during the process of joining the computer to the domain. In addition, you must have a user account in the domain to which you want to join the computer. During the process of joining the computer to the domain, you will be prompted for your domain account credentials (user name and password).

A domain is a collection of computers on a network with common rules and procedures that are administered as a unit. Each domain has a unique name. Typically, domains are used for workplace networks. To connect your computer to a domain, you'll need to know the name of the domain and have a valid user account on the domain.

Domain controller as server for hosting your company Active Directory (AD) is very important part of your network infrastructure. In case of its failure logging users on AD is impossible. Because of that one of the main things in planning your network infrastructure is make plan for implementing redundant domain controller in network infrastructure. In case you have it, failure of one of them does not mean that user will be unable to log on the system. Since failed domain controller is up again, backup controller will be in function of users authentication or other functions which it can have (DNS server etc.). On this way your network can stay functional, reliable and more resistible to failures.