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The following are steps to join your Windows Vista machine to the Princeton domain and configure your computer for shared resources and printing. For background information and for instructions for other operating systems, please see www.princeton.edu/domain.
To proceed with the instructions below, you should be logged into your Vista computer with a account that has administrative rights.
1. Register Ethernet addresses in Host Database
- Click on the Start button and click in the Search box.
- Type in the command cmd and click Enter
- You will see a black DOS window
- At the DOS prompt type the command getmac /v
- Click Enter
- You will need the physical addresses (aka MAC addresses) for both Wireless and Ethernet interfaces. Write them down carefully. (Note that Dell laptops must be plugged into an AC power outlet in order for the physical Ethernet address to display.)
- Register these addresses in the Host Database (make sure the correct address is entered for the correct interface - Do not mix your wireless and ethernet addresses).
2. Create/Reset Domain account
- Student machine - Add/Reset. If the account doesn't exist, create it; otherwise reset it.
- DeSC machine - Add/Reset. If the account doesn't exist, create it; otherwise reset it.
- Departmental machine - Add/Reset. If the account doesn't exist, create it; otherwise reset it.
- Machine Account Management - Add/Reset/Remove. If the account doesn't exist, create it; otherwise reset it.
- Close out of your browser.
- Click on the Start button and right-click on the Computer icon
- Click on Properties (The System panel should appear.)
- To the right of the computer name, click on the Change settings link Windows Vista may ask for your permission to continue.
- Click Continue
- Go to the Computer Name tab
- Click on the Change button
- In the "Computer Name" type the name of the computer you created/reset in step 2 above
- In the "Member of" section set the radio button for "Domain" and type PRINCETON in the box
- Click the "More" button
- Uncheck the box for "Change Primary DNS suffix when domain membership changes"
- In the "Primary DNS Suffix of the computer" box type princeton.edu
- Click OK to close the DNS suffix... window
- Click OK to close the Computer Name/Domain Changes window
- Enter your netID in User name, your password in Password, then click OK.
- You should get a message saying "Welcome to the Princeton Domain"
- Choose to reboot later if prompted
Note: If you get an error, make sure the computer name exactly matches the computer domain account your created in Step 2 above. If you get access denied error, the computer account needs to be reset (see Step 2)
4. Create your own profile with Administrator privileges
- Click on the Start button
- Right-click on Computer and choose Manage
- Windows Vista may ask for your permission to continue. Click Continue.
- Click on Local Users and Group in the left panel
- Double-click on Groups
- Double-click on Administrators (you will be prompted for username and password)
- Click on Add
- In the Enter the Object Names to Select enter Princeton\yourNetID
- Click OK until the password prompt appears
- Enter Princeton\yourNetID for username and your Domain password for the password
- Click Apply and OK
5. Login to the Princeton Domain with your University netID
- When your computer reboots, click on Switch User, then select Other. After doing this you will have a username and password prompt with Log Onto Princeton listed below.
Enter your University netID and password to log on to your computer.
6. Map your H: drive to copy over any data created under the administrator profile
- Click on the Start button
- Right-click on Computer and choose Map Network Drive...
- Select the box Reconnect At Logon
- Change drive letter to H:
- For path enter \\files\yourNetID
7. Configure Wireless Interface
- Click on Start button
- Pull up to Connect To
- Right-click on Wireless Network Connection
- Click on View Available Wireless Networks
- Highlight puwireless
- Check the box Allow me to connect to the selected wireless network, even though it is not secure
- Click Connect
Unless the computer is near a wireless network you won't be able to test
this out. See Solution
for more troubleshooting.