A domain refers to a controlled group of clients and servers. By adding a machine to the CAMPUS domain, our System Architecture and Administration team is able to automatically push and apply Group Policy, and ensure anyone with domain credentials (a NetID and password) can log into that machine.

Group Policy provides centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications, and users’ settings, including by not limited to enforcement of password complexity, system patching, and wireless profiles.

Is my computer domain joined?

The images below were taken on a Windows 10 machine, but the steps are very similar in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers

  1. Click the Windows icon, then search for File Explorer (or use the + E shortcut)
  2. Right click This PC, and select Properties
  3. The Domain is listed under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section.

Add a machine to the CAMPUS domain


This guide assumes you have a -tech or -adm account, which is usually in the format of netid-tech. These accounts are provisioned to IT Professionals and allow for elevated Local Admin permissions on CAMPUS domain joined machines.

UVM owned computers which have been purchased through the UVM Tech Store, or imaged via LiteTouch are CAMPUS domain joined by default, unless the purchase order specifies otherwise.

  1. Click the search box on the taskbar, type “system”, select System (Control Panel) in the search results.
  2. In the System window that appears, click the Change Settings button.
  3. In System Properties window, make sure the Computer Name tab is selected, then click the Change button.
  4. Select the Domain option, then type in the domain:
    Then click OK.
  5. You should now be asked to enter your credentials. Make sure to format this correctly. If your -tech account was jshmoe-tech, you would want to enter:
    Username: CAMPUS\jshmoe-tech
    Password: ************  [your NetID-tech password]
  6. Reboot the machine to allow the changes to take effect.

It is recommended you log out immediately after completing this process, then log in with your NetID and password.

Update Group Policy

  1. Open command prompt as an administrator
  2. Enter the following command:
    gpupdate /force

Updated on September 30, 2019

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