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Windows Vista® Step by Step Deluxe Edition by Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox

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Connecting Your Computer to a Domain

If you work in an organization that has a domain, you probably have a desk with a computer on it that you identify as your own. But as far as the domain is concerned, there is no connection between that computer and you as a domain user.

Logging on to a domain requires a password-protected domain user account. Domain user accounts (not to be confused with Windows user accounts) are administered centrally and are not associated with any particular computer. As a result, any domain user can log on to any computer on the domain.

For a computer to be visible to other domain computers, a network administrator must create a machine account for the computer. The machine account is linked to the computer name; no two ...

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