Override local login
When the workstation reboots, it will prompt you to login with the same local user. Click on the “Switch user” arrow so we can enter an AD domain user account
Click on “Other user”
Domain administrator login
We will login with the AD domain
administrator account. But if we just enter
administrator , Windows will decide we want to login locally as the local
administrator account. This is not what we want to do
To login with AD domain
administrator account, we have to preface it with the AD domain. Again, as with joining the domain, you can do this with the NETBIOS name, or…
…preface it with the AD domain DNS name
Another possible login type is the User Principle Name (UPN), which for most purposes is the email address of the user.
Regular user login
For an AD domain user account NOT named
administrator , you can just enter their username without prefacing it with the primary domain name.
If you are logging in across a foreign AD domain (or forest) through a trust relationship with the AD domain this particular workstation is joined to, then you will have to preface the username with the foreign AD domain name, as described in one of the 3 login methods described above, to access your AD domain account in the foreign AD domain
Now you are logged in as a domain user account from your new Active Directory domain
Now you have your Windows 8.1 workstation joined to an Active Directory domain. You are able to use domain user accounts and groups with a single sign-on. While Windows 8.1 is shown in this guide, most of the steps are the same for other Microsoft operating systems.