You can only join a domain by creating a computer account that is either a “zone computer” profile or a “workstation” account that uses Auto Zone. Depending on the tool and operating system you prefer to use, there are several ways you can add a computer account to a zone. For example, if you prefer to create the “zone computer” account from a Linux or UNIX computer:
- You can run the adjoin command interactively or in a script and specify the zone as a command line option while joining the Active Directory domain.
- You can use ADEdit commands interactively or in a script to add a computer account to a zone before joining the domain.
If you prefer to create the “zone computer” account from a Windows computer:
- You can prepare a computer account in Access Manager before joining the domain.
- You can use the Centrify Access Module for PowerShell cmdlets interactively or in a script to add a computer account to a zone.
Precreating computer accounts using ADEdit or the Centrify Access Module for PowerShell cmdlets is particularly useful if you want to join multiple computers with minimal command line options and if you want to allow the computer account to be used to perform a “self-service” join. For more information about preparing a computer account before joining a domain, see Preparing computer accounts before joining.
For more information about specifying the zone, joining the domain, and modifying computer properties, see Working with managed computers. For information about using Auto Zone, see Using workstation mode and Auto Zone.