SMBKitchen: Joining the domain

On April 29, 2014, in smbkitchen, by

Getting back on track –

We’re getting ready for a proof of concept to showcase moving from SBS 2008 to Essentials R2 with Exchange 2013 sp1.

You can now download both 2012 R2 with update 1 and Essentials 2012 R2 with update 1.  If you have not yet deployed R2 servers, I’d recommend that you jump to this version and save the time and hassle of downloading KB2919355.

I’m going to manually join this 2012 R2 server to the existing SBS 2008 domain.  Remember Essentials you do the same, you stop the wizard upon running and manually join it to the domain.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

First let’s join our 2012 r2 server to our SBS 2008 domain.  To make it easy in VM I manually change the DNS settings on the workstation in order to look at the virtual DC.


Over on the 2012 r2 change the DNS setting to match the server.

Then you go into the computer info and change it to join it to the domain

Add domain credentials and reboot the server.

Now log into the server with the domain credentials

Blogging my way (starting over) through a proof of concept migration from SBS 2008 to Essentials 2012 R2 series will be a SMB kitchen project whitepaper.  More about the SMBKitchen project at –  and check out our new project the ASP  Remember only two days left to check out the resources.  Hop on, see what you are missing, we think you’ll stick around for more.


One Response to SMBKitchen: Joining the domain

  1. Philip Elder says:


    We use an elevated PowerShell session to do the following:

    Add-Computer -Credential DOMAIN\GeneralGeorge -Domain DOMAIN.COM -OUPath “OU=SBSServers,OU=Computers,OU=MyBusiness,DC=DOMAIN,DC=COM” -Restart

    Note that the -Restart switch does not work for anything previous to Win 8.1 and 2012 R2. A manual restart is required:

    shutdown -r -t 0 -f

    Advantage to running things this way is no need to move the AD object from the Computers container to the correct OU. All GPO settings get picked up and applied on that reboot or after a couple of logons for user settings.