Test machine standalone serv 2008 add domain user to admin

February 20, 2012 at 07:21:50
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit, 3.6 / 12GB
I need to add a domain user to a standalone non-domain VM adminstrator group. Select box for locations ONLY list the local machine. Yes, it's not secure. This is for a specific test. Need to add the domain user to the local admin group to run the test, but have no way to select the existing domain from the locations button and NO I can't add the VM to the domain, as this invalidates the test. How do I add the domain user as the standalone server exists, without adding the standalone server to the domain? Is there a trust relationship needed and if so, where?

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#1
February 20, 2012 at 07:39:11
Unless the computer is a member of the domain, how can it validate credentials against a domain user?

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#2
February 20, 2012 at 08:05:52
simple question needing a simple answer. Either it can't be done, or can be done. If it can't - so be it. If it can, how?

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#3
February 20, 2012 at 08:12:17
To answer the simple question with a simple answer, no it can't be done.
The standalone server would be required to be on the domain to validate the credentials or the standalone server would be required to be a domain server and then the trust relationship built between the 2 domains. A standalone server not in a domain or having it's own domain - by the definition of "standalone" - would not be able to "trust" an Active Directory Domain as you can't build that relationship. Hopefully someone can prove this wrong, but so far I have not found any other valid answer.

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