Update: I recently sat down with a fellow co-worker and he managed to add his Vista machine to our domain using Step 3 & 4 only.
On the Local Security Policy form change the Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level to the proper setting for your domain.
I could not login to another computer on our domain much less add my computer to the domain until I adjusted my Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level to Send LM and NTLM - use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated; however, you might want to login to a share on an existing computer in your domain to see if you need to do this. Even better, check the Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level on an existing XP machine registered in your domain to get the correct setting.
How to get to Local Security Policy form:
Start->Control Panel->System and Maintenance->Administrative Tools->Local Security Policy
On the Local Security Policy form, click on the Security Options tree node:
Security Settings->Local Policies->Security Options
In the policy column, look for Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level
and change the Security Setting column to the proper setting for your domain.
At this point, you should be able to login to a share on a computer in your domain. If not, reboot and try it again.
Give administrators the right to add a computer to a domain.
On the Local Security Policy form, click on the User Rights Assignments tree node:
Security Settings->Local Security Policy->User Rights Assignments
In the policy column, look for Add workstations to a domain and change the Security Setting column to Administrator
Change the computer name to the desired name.
How to get to the Computer Name/Domain changes dialog:
Start->Control Panel->System and Maintenance->System
In the Computer name, domain and workgroup settings, left click "Change settings"
Use Netdom.exe to add the computer to the domain.
netdom join ComputerName /domain:DomainName /userd:UserName /passwordd:UserPassword
- Yes, there is a letter "d" after user and password in the netdom command.
- I could not find the netdom.exe application on Vista. I cheated and installed it on an XP machine and copied the netdom.exe to my Vista laptop. On your XP installation disk, you must run the setup.exe under Support/Tools. Afterwards, you will find it under c:\program files\Support Tools\Netdom.exe