Adding Your Computer to the Central Services Domain in Mac OS


This article describes how to add your computer to the Central Services domain using the Mac OS. Be aware, accessing Active Directory (AD) using a Mac OS is not supported.


  1. If you are not on campus, you must connect to the remote-access VPN.
    (For instructions, see Downloading, Installing, and Connecting to Pulse Secure Remote Access VPN in Mac OS.)
  2. In Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC), part of the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), create the account for the computer using the name of the computer.
    (For instructions, see the Creating Computer Accounts Section of Using the Organizational Unit (OU) Administrator Tool and Other OU Admin Information.)
  3. From the Apple drop-down, click System Preferences....
  4. Click Users & Groups.
  5. At the lower-left corner of the window, if the lock appears to be locked:
    1. Click the lock.
    2. In the Username: or Name: text box, type the name of an administrator account.
    3. In the Password: text box, type the password of the administrator account.
    4. Click Unlock.
  6. In the left pane, near the bottom, click Login Options.
  7. To the right of Network Account Server: click Join....
  8. In the Server: text box, type: 
  9. The Active Directory Settings will appear.
  10. In the Client Computer ID: text box, type the name that you assigned to this computer in ADUC.
  11. In the AD Admin User: text box, type: but replace ABC with your Hokies ID which is the same as your VT Username.
  12. In the AD Admin Password: text box, type your Hokies ID password.
  13. Click OK.
  14. If you receive an error message, in the AD Admin User: text box, instead of, type: but replace ABC with your Hokies ID.