A Windows domain is a form of a computer network in which all user accounts, computers, printers and other security principals, are registered with a central database (called a directory service) located on one or on a cluster of central computers known as domain controllers.

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How do I delete a user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is part of a domain?

How can I delete the local user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is connected to a Windows Server 2008 domain? DelProf doesn't seem to exist on Windows 7.
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How do I enable Automatic Logon in Windows 7 when I'm on a domain?

When Windows 7 is joined to a domain the option to automatically login is no longer available in the advanced User Management console. Since I am running a small home domain because of SharePoint and ...
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Security Concern with my Windows 7 Box at Work

This question may be weird and misworded but I'm not a Windows expert by any means so feel free to correct me. The group I'm in recently got new computers at work. They gave me a new computer and ...
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How can I tell which Domain controller I'm authenticated to?

How can I tell which Domain controller I'm authenticated to? Is there a way to do this without local admin?
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How do I join a Windows 8 PC into a domain?

How can I enroll a Windows 8 PC into an existing domain?
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Determine own domain group memberships XP Professional

This seems like it would be a simple question, but my Google skills have failed me. When logged into a domain (as a domain user without any admin rights), how can I determine what groups my user ...
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How can I make firefox behave like IE on a windows domain when requesting user credentials

With windows IE, I never have to input my domain credentials, it's able to just pass them along. Is there a way to do this for firefox so that whenever i try to access a site within the intranet that ...
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When RDP as a Domain User, Smart Card Requested

My W8 machine is connected to domain zen. If I rdp to the W8 machine, I can log in as a local user without problems. If I try to log in as a domain user, I am prompted for a smart card instead of a ...
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How can I connect a Windows 8 PC to a Samba domain

I am using Samba 3, and want to join my Windows 8 PC to the Samba domain. Windows 8 cannot join out of the box, so I added the following registry entries: ...
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How do I force Windows 7 to create a new domain profile with same name as an existing one?

I had a corrupt user profile (let's call it bob) affecting xslx files for Excel on a Windows 7 Pro x64 workstation. I verified that the issue was not present on other profiles on the same machine. I ...
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Windows 10 Offer Icon (GWX) - How to get it on AD/Domain joined PCs?

I know there´s no need to rush getting Windows 10 as I should receive it for free in the future, at least according to what I´ve read. However, information about the upgrade offer popping up in the ...
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What are reasons for local Windows named-pipes to fail?

I've been working hard on this one all day and I'm stuck. This morning our asian collegues called me because a SolidWorks addin for our product data management system could not communicate with the ...
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Change A Password

I have a non-domain machine that I use with our company's domain resources over vpn regularly. I switched to Windows 8 (fresh install), and the "Change a password" option went away from the ...
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What is going on when I can't access an SMB server share (not accessible error) until I run cmdkey to delete the credential?

I have a network connection share issue. The first connection works, and seems to stay connected for at least a few hours. However, after each time my windows 7 PC reboots, it can no longer form a ...
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Period character used for local computer name

I'm wondering about the period character . used as a shortcut for the local computer name. You can use it when logging into Windows 7, for example, to specify that the user account you're entering ...
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Windows 7: Disable Lock Workstation After 10 Minutes Using Group Policy

On my Windows 7 PC the system becomes locked after 10 minutes of inactivity. Usually I would find this setting next to the screen-saver configuration. The setting is grayed out, however. I think this ...
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What should be taken into consideration when deploying Windows 8 in a domain environment?

Edit: Reformulating the question: We have ordered new laptops but before they arrive, our development team is trying to decide whether to install Windows 8 or stick with Windows 7. We have already ...
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How can I have a secure domain login without a complex password?

I have recently gone on a security binge, using a password manager to ensure I have different complex passwords on every service I use. However, there's one hole in this system: the domain login. I ...
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Can I VPN connect to my work using Windows 8?

Windows 8 comes in a few versions ... with two of them being Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Checking the comparison chart on wiki, the pro feature has this (where the non-pro doesn't).. Can join a ...
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Win 8 App Store not working for Domain User

I repaved my laptop over the Thanksgiving weekend with Windows 8.1, installed from a DVD. Full disclosure - I did do something not exactly approved - I interrupted the installation process and added ...
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“The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer” error in Windows domain

I have a domain environment with Server 2008 and Windows 7. Since a few days I receive the following errors from many clients: The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer ...
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My account gets locked out of the Windows domain

I work in a BYOD environment and my laptop still have Windows 7. Every so often I get locked out of the domain at our company and have to phone the IS helpdesk and ask them to unlock my account. ...
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Long boot time if the computer is not connected to the domain

All computers in our company are connected to a domain. Now a lot of people reported that their computer need a long time to boot as soon as they are no longer connected to the domain. I was unable to ...
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Windows account ending with $

A Windows account that looks like this "domain\computername$". What does that mean?
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How to setup firewall ports via logon script

I work as IT suport for public service. We use domain controller and logon scripts. These scripts are pretty helpful, since they can automatically install printers and add network folders as local ...
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How to list windows privileges for any user

I am trying to write a script to list the privileges (eg SeShutDownPrivilege etc) of all user accounts. I'd prefer it if my script could be run as a standard user, but I can run it as an admin account ...
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What's the difference between runas.exe and “Run as different user”?

I'm working with a line-of-business application that needs to be run as a domain user. I have a user that wants to continue using a local account (since not everything can be migrated to a domain user ...
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How do I setup 1:1 NAT?

I am about to get a group of 5 public (external) IP addresses from my ISP. I have a Netgear WNDR3700v2 router. I was told that 1:1 NAT would be the way to assign static public IP addresses to some ...
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Temporarily login to another windows domain

I'm using Vista, and need to temporarily (1 day a week at a client) logon to another windows domain (my laptop is on the work domain, and I don't want to have to put the machine permanently on the ...
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Active Directory domain in home network - how to add computer

I had used AD domain before, but the domain was set up already, so I do not have much hands-on experience with setting up everything from scratch, and I am still new to networking side of things, so ...
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How do I unlock a client running Windows XP through Synergy?

I asked this question on the Synergy OSQA site, but I haven't had any responses. Forgive me if you've already seen it. I have a Synergy server running Windows 7 SP1. I have one client running Windows ...
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Visual Studio 2012 cannot access Team Explorer security/group membership sections but Visual Studio 2010 can

I've recently upgraded from Team Foundation Server 2010 to 2012 and Visual Studio 2010 to 2012. Within Visual Studio 2010 I can still access all of the TFS settings. Within Visual Studio 2012 I can ...
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How to test IE intranet zone

how I can I tell whethear IE treats the given URL as intranet zone or other zone? I have trouble with Kerberos negotiate auth and I need to know if the problem is with zoning, or zone setting. I'm ...
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How to get back-to-work with a Windows 7 PC that has no admin account?

I have a PC which doesn't have the Administrator account active and the only user account left is a Guest user. I want to get back the admin account but I don't know how to do that with a guest user. ...
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UPN vs DOMAIN\USER signin

What is the difference between using user@zone.domain.tld over DOMAIN\USER? Does the difference come in to play the bigger the AD/business network is? For my setup I have now I can use either/or and ...
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How can I see all users of domain in this PC?

If I do: whoami /groups I can see all the groups I belong. My current user e.g. X belongs in a domain (there is a Domain Controller) My question is why if I go to Control Panel>Manage Accounts ...
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Windows 8.1 VPN connection to customer's network blocks access to local domain's shares, SQL Server [duplicate]

With Windows 7, I could access my company's Windows Server file shares and SQL Servers (with Windows authentication) from that same LAN while connected to my customer's VPN. With Windows 8.1, I lose ...
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Smart Card login from non-domain computer

I use a standalone laptop at a large client who smart cards. I usually just plug-in my laptop and enter the credentials they provided to get access to their e-mail and internal websites. There is ...
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Is there a way to temporarily reserve a Windows 7 PC for a specific user?

In our lab we have a couple of our more powerful machines, setup for remote access only. User who are members of the lab domain can log on to any of the lab machines, including the ones I just ...
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Teredo won't enable on domain-joined Windows 7 system

I'm trying to enable Teredo on a Win7 SP1 x64 system, in order to provide Remote Assistance for a system outside the local network. The local system is joined to a 2008-level domain which I have full ...
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How to Enable Integration features on a Virtual XP Mode connected to a domain

I have the Virtual XP Mode running on my Windows 7 x64 since quite a while and never had a real problem. Just when I added the Virtual XP Mode to our domain (my host PC has always been on the domain) ...
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Windows 7 Parental Controls *With* Domain Accounts

There are many how-tos on how to enable Windows 7 Parental Controls while a computer is joined to a domain. However, what I would like is a 'hack' to enable parental controls on a domain account. I ...
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How do I copy a user profile when changing domains?

I am going to be joining my computer to a different domain than the one it is on right now. How can I copy my current user profile and preferences to the new user profile that will be created when I ...
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Active Directory in a home environment?

I have two questions for you all... If I had a standard home router (Netgear R6300) and was looking at running a basic home domain using Active Directory as the domain controller. 1) How do I go ...
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Using OneDrive with a Domain User account on Windows 8.1

Is there any workarounds for getting OneDrive to work on a Windows domain account? I have connected my domain account to my personal Microsoft account however OneDrive does not work. The modern UI ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 cannot change DNS Domain Context on some machines

So I have a small Windows Server 2008 R2 network consisting of a domain controller, a file server, SQL server, etc. All machines are joined to a windows domain (CPUSHIELD.COM) and show up in Active ...
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Domain Admin Can't login at logon screen

There is a particular computer on our LAN running Windows 7 Home Premium. I am a Domain Admin, and that computer is connected to the LAN. My problem is that when I start the computer and the login ...
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DCpromo domain controller demotion fails with “unable to detrmine floating single master operation roles” message [closed]

When I attempt to demote a Domain Controller in Windows Server 2008 R2, I always get this message: "The Directory Service is missing mandatory configuration information, and is unable to determine the ...
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Refresh Domain Credentials Cache via command-line

Is there a way to refresh the cache a domain-computer keeps to store domain passwords? I have a PC that is infrequently on the network, and the occasion happens where I would like the manually update ...
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System Idle is at 99%, Physical memory at 40%: why so slow?

I have a Win 7 32-bit Pro machine joined to a domain on a 10/100 ethernet connection. At times this machine runs all sorts of slow. For example, it took it 20 seconds for a command prompt to pull ...