Windows 7 can be added to domains offline!

I have been waiting for this to happen for twelve years, ever since my first multiple-thousand-seat Windows desktop rollout — Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) can be added to domains without physically being connected to that domain over a network

This is done with a new command — djoin.exe — added into these products. It’s used (on an existing machine in the domain) to generate a block of information in a file, that can be used on another machine to automatically join the domain without being connected at that time.

This is fantastically useful for anyone performing big corporate rollouts — where it’s not always possible to build the machines in situ. Any consultancy working on a build-and-customise desktop project for a client is going to absolutely love this.

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