How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain with the connector By Mariette Knap connector, join, windows 10, windows server 2012 R2 essentials Joining a client to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain is really easy. Open your browser and browse to http://servername/connect and there you go. Well, that is true for previous versions of Windows but not for Windows 10 as we will see in the next screenshots. We will need to upgrade the Connector and start it from the Start Menu in Windows 10. From the taskbar start Microsoft Edge. Yes Edge and not IE because that is so 2014 . Browse to http://servername/connect and choose to download the Connector. Click on Run. Click Yes to accept the User Account Control warning. Something is wrong because Windows 10 could not run the Connector it just downloaded from your server. We need to find a solution for this. If your server is fully updated (May 2017) this step may not be needed anymore and you will not see the error. If that is the case scroll down and follow the rest of the tutorial. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40285 and download the Connector you need. There are different versions for x64 or x86. If your server is fully updated (May 2017) this step may not be needed anymore. We need the Windows 10 x86 version of the new Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 Download is ready, choose Open. We get a security warning if we want to open this file, choose Open. And more warning and questions. Sometimes I wish we got less questions and windows asking us to confirm something but anyway…click Yes. There we go… Installation is complete, click Close. Open the Start Menu and click on ‘Windows Server Essentials Connector Configuration Wizard’. And User Account Control asks us if we really want the Connector to make changes to our PC. Of course we want that, click Yes. The Connector is detecting the server. It has found our Contososerver and click Next. Fill in your credentials and click Next. If you used an ordinary new user account from your server you will not get this warning but as I want to set up this client PC for myself I use the Admin as the user. In this case I click No. We need to restart the PC, click Restart. Once rebooted and logged in you will need to complete the Wizard. As I am setting up this PC just for myself I choose that, click Next. Give the computer a description. This is not the same as naming the computer. Click Next. If you want the computer to automatically wake up check this and choose Next. You can always turn this off from the Essentials Dashboard. We are now ready, click Finish. The PC will logoff now. You are presented with the brand new Windows logon screen for PC’s connected to a domain.