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How to Join a Computer to a Domain

To check if a computer is joined to a domain 1)  On Windows Vista or newer: Click Start>Right Click Computer, then Click Properties On the left side, click Advanced system settings, then skip to step 3 2)  On Windows XP: Right Click on My Computer, then Click Properties 3)  Click the Computer Name tab 4)  Click the Change button If the Domain: radio button is selected, it’s part of the domain.  If the Workgroup: radio button is selected, it’s part of a workgroup and you’ll need to change to domain. Click Cancel twice to exit out of this process To Join or Rejoin to the domain 1)  You’ll need domain administrator credentials and the domain name to complete the following 2)  Complete steps 1-3 in the first section – ‘To check if a computer is joined to a domain’ 3)  Click the Network ID… button 4)  Make sure that ‘This computer is part of a business network;…’ is selected and click Next 5)  Make sure that My company uses a network with a domain is selected and click Next 6)  Click Next again 7)  Type in your username, password and domain NOTE: don’t type the administrator name here, unless that’s the user you are adding to this computer 8)  If this computer has the same name or if it was previously joined to the domain, you’ll get the following message, Select Yes 9)  To add the user to this computer as a local user, click Next 10)  Choose the account type for this user, then click Next 11)  Click Finish, Then click OK on the System Properties window You’ll...

What is MSP?

What is MSP, or what is a MSP? Broadly speaking, MSP stands for Managed Services Provider.  A Managed Service Provider provides IT, and network services to an end user that may be an individual, a small business, or an enterprise. Managed Services take many forms, but provide a service or set a of services that complement the IT services for an entity.  These MSP’s could be hosting companies, network providers for networking of multiple locations, or telephone service providers. A managed service provider will provide the IT service that is needed, and will typically provide all the hardware and software that facilitate the management of the IT service. Examples of Managed Services could be any of the following: A company that manages the backups and disaster recovery services, ensuring that backups are scheduled and run successfully so that an organization doesn’t spend time wondering if they have good backup information for either recovery/discovery/archival purposes or for complete restoration in the event of a disaster An IT company that provides monitoring, management, and/or helpdesk services or IT services to an entire small business’ or to an enterprise computer and network systems. This takes the burden off of the IT staff in larger organizations or a non IT person in a smaller organization that’s been tasked with taking care of users’ problems by assisting all the users in an organization directly. The managed services provider in this case will typically take care of monitoring all systems to find that they are running properly or notify the organization of a potential systems error, to take action prior to any major systems downtime....