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How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain with the connector

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.

  1. From the taskbar start Microsoft Edge. Yes Edge and not IE because that is so 2014 How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain. Browse to http://servername/connect and choose to download the Connector.
    Connect your computer to the server
  2. Click on Run.
    Connect your computer to the server
  3. Click Yes to accept the User Account Control warning.
    Connect your computer to the server
  4. 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.
    Connect your computer to the server
  5. 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.
    Download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2
  6. We need the Windows 10 x86 version of the new Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2
    Download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2
  7. Download is ready, choose Open.
    Download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2
  8. We get a security warning if we want to open this file, choose Open.
    Download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2
  9. And more warning and questions. Sometimes I wish we got less questions and windows asking us to confirm something but anyway…click Yes.
    Download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2
  10. There we go…
    Download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2
  11. Installation is complete, click Close.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  12. Open the Start Menu and click on ‘Windows Server Essentials Connector Configuration Wizard’.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  13. 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.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  14. The Connector is detecting the server.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  15. It has found our Contososerver and click Next.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  16. Fill in your credentials and click Next.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  17. 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.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  18. We need to restart the PC, click Restart.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  19. 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.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  20. Give the computer a description. This is not the same as naming the computer. Click Next.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  21. If you want the computer to automatically wake up check this and choose Next. You can always turn this off from the Essentials Dashboard.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  22. We are now ready, click Finish. The PC will logoff now.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  23. You are presented with the brand new Windows logon screen for PC’s connected to a domain.
    How to join a Windows 10 Pro to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain

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