Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain In this post you will see how to allow domain user to add computer to domain. This is basically allowing a user to join the workstations to the domain. You might say that a domain user can join the computers to domain so what’s wrong ? Okay here is the right information, by default any authenticated user has this right and can create up to 10 computer accounts in the domain. If the user tries adding the 11th computer to domain he gets the error.

As per Microsoft users who have the Create Computer Objects permission on the Active Directory computers container can also create computer accounts in the domain. The difference is that users with permissions on the container are not restricted to the creation of only 10 computer accounts. In addition, computer accounts that are created by means of Add workstations to domain have Domain Administrators as the owner of the computer account, while computer accounts that are created by means of permissions on the computers container have the creator as the owner of the computer account. If a user has permissions on the container and also has the Add workstations to domain user right, the computer is added, based on the computer container permissions rather than on the user right.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

There are 2 ways to allow domain user to add or join computer to domain.

1) Assign rights to the user/group using the Default Domain Group policy.

2) Delegate rights to user using Active Directory Users and Computers.

Method 1 – Assign rights to the user/group using the Default Domain Group policy

To allow an user or group to add a computer to a domain you can perform the below steps.

Login to the domain controller and launch the Group Policy Management console. Right click the Default Domain Group policy and click Edit.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

Navigate through Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment. Expand User Rights Assignment. On the right hand side double-click Add workstations to Domain policy.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

Check the box Define these policy settings. Click Add User or Group and select the user or group. Click Apply and OK.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

 

Method 2 – Delegate rights to user/group using Active Directory Users and Computers

Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. Right-click the container under which you want the computers to be added (In this example I am choosing the Computers container) and click on Delegate Control.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

You will now see Delegation of Control Wizard. Click Next.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

To add a user or group click Add. Once you are done click Next.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

Tasks to Delegate – Click Create a custom task to delegate. Click Next.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

Choose Only the following objects in the folder and check the box Computer Objects. Check the box Create selected objects in this folder. Click Next.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

Permissions – Select General, select Create All Child Objects. Click Next.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

Click Finish.

Allow Domain User To Add Computer to Domain

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Greg
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Greg

Would these same delegate permissions work when reimaging an existing device that already resides within AD?

For example: PC-01 is new and upon Domain Join a new Computer Account is created in the default ‘Computers’ container. PC-02 already exists and resides in an OU called ‘Staff PCs’.

If I applied these delegate permissions to the ‘Staff PCs’ OU, would this be sufficient to override the existing Computer Account in the ‘Staff PCs’ OU?

Thanks in advance and keep up the great work!

Ramkumar
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Ramkumar

Your post is very helpful Thank you so much.

HNasir
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HNasir

How to remove the delegate? Like we want to revoke the rights delegated to a domain user.

Iggy Pi
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Iggy Pi

Just remove the delegated object from your OU 🙂

Md Rizwan
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Md Rizwan

no Use its not working, delegation of control, unable to manage user profile with alternate users…

Nitin Dabhi
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Nitin Dabhi

if my exiting user resign and need to add new user with resigned user rights and police so how can do this…

Yogesh S.
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Yogesh S.

thank you Prajwal. It was helpful

Robert
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Robert

Excellent description – I followed option 2 and it worked well

Neng Sidet
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Neng Sidet

Hi Prajwal
I have one question ask to you.
I was joined from windows 7 client to my DC(AD) after that I want to grant permission only Admin User from DC can logon on to computer client. in addition, I want to allow only user in AD that I added in Manage User Account in windows 7 client to logon that windows 7 client.
How to configure this process?
Thanks in Advance Before.
Sidet

Vaibhav Vengurlekar
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Vaibhav Vengurlekar

Your Solution is always v. clear
Thanks

santhosh
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santhosh

if we want to add more than 10 computers what should do?, Kindly provide SOP with SAP

santhosh
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santhosh

dear Prajwal,
I have a doubt if a use both method we can add more than 10 computers?
because i want apply this scenario to helpdesk ou and work grp, So kindly give solutions

rpr
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rpr

I have two questions regarding delegating rights:

(1) Could you explain why the Create All Child Objects permission must be enabled besides the “Create selected objects in this folder” option?

(2) What about a more real-life scenario where you have a tree of containers for computers:

Workstations
+ Desktops
-+ Win7
-+ Win10
+ Laptops
-+ Win7
-+ Win10

Is it possible that you delegate a user control for the whole tree of containers (Workstations and all subcontainers in the above example)?

Clay Beyer
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Clay Beyer

How does the user go about making the changes? Do I need to install Active Directory on the client machine? I assume this is the answer, just want to be certain!

Plutone
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Plutone

Very clear, but what are the differences? which one is better in you opinion?

Plutone
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Plutone

Very clear, but what are the differences? which one is better?

Enrique Rivera
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Enrique Rivera

Nice Article. Just learn how a local admin had the right to add a computer to our domain.

Ramesh
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Ramesh

Perfect and very clear steps. Thanks Prajwal

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