Simple Steps: How to use offline domain join (djoin.exe) in Active Directory
Offline domain join is a new process that computers running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 can use to join a domain without contacting a domain controller.
There is a new tool included with Windows Server 2008 R2 / Server 2012 R2 and Windows 7 / 8 called Djoin.exe.
This tool allows clients to be joined to a domain without any network connectivity.
There are any number of circumstances where you may want to have a client computer join to a domain when they have no access to a domain controller.
On example might be if you are creating a new branch office and the servers are not functional yet in that location, but you would like to begin rolling out the clients.
Here are the steps :
1 – On the Windows Server, open CMD and type :
djoin /provision /domain “osi” /machine “OSI-CL06” /savefile win7blob.txt
** osi = your domain name
** OSI-CL06 = PC Client
** If the djoin /provision command completes successfully, you’ll see your new Clients PC account in the Computers container in AD.
2 – Browse to domain administrator profile folder which is located in C:\Users folder, and look for Win7blob.txt file…
Transfer Win7blob.txt file to OSI-CL06 client PC…
3 – On the OSI-CL06 PC, confirm that it still in workgroup.
Paste the Win7blob.txt that you copy previously from the server (any domain member PC) into local admin profile (for this demo i copy into Windows 7 System32 folder (not the best practice)…
4 – On the client PC, open cmd and type djoin /requestODJ /loadfile win7blob.txt /windowspath %systemroot% /localos…, and then restart the PC…
5 – Once your Client PC restarted, open System Properties and confirm that your Client PC is now a member of your domain…
*** Please take note : You’ll only be able to logon with a domain account for the first time if there’s connectivity to a DC.