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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