Unable to add Windows 2008 to AD

From time to time anyone can make stupid mistake, typo or just simply make a wrong assumption. This time it was me Laughing. Whenever I tried to deploy VM with Windows 2008 R2 or with Windows 7 it never got add to Windows AD automatically, even if I specified domain and valid credentials in vSphere customization profile. So, it took me a while to discover where was a problem, wrong domain name and credential format. Which used to work with Windows 2003 and Windows XP.

Just in case you didn’t know it before, make sure that you put domain and credentials into customization in the same format like below:

  • Domain – FQDN of domain
  • credentials: username@domain_FQDN
domain details and credentials

domain details and credentials

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).