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Adding a workstation to the NetID domain

Once you receive your computer hardware, you will do one of the following: 1) Install the Managed Workstation Image yourself or request that MWS Support perform the work with a supplied budget 2) Build a Windows computer using Windows 10 Enterprise, available from Software Licensing.  Follow these instructions below to join the workstation to the NETID domain.

NOTE: CDW no longer offers a Managed Workstation image. MWS Support will image the computer for approximately the same cost.

  1. Log in:
    1. At the login screen, log into the established administrator-level account that has been created by the installation.
    2. Make sure you are connected to a working Ethernet port, or connect to the University of Washington wireless network.
    3. Get all Windows Updates installed.
    4. Go to Control Panel/System and Security/System/Change Settings/Change – make sure your computer has the desired “Computer name” DO NOT JOIN NETID at this time, but you will use this interface in Step 3 – if you change the name, reboot before step 3.
  2. Enable your new workstation for Managed Workstation services. Note: This step pre-creates a workstation account in the NETID domain so you can join it.
    1. Create a request using the Enable Computer for MWS services form and wait for confirmation. If you don’t wait for confirmation before joining your workstation to the NETID domain, the workstation will end up in an unusable state which will require assistance. If you’d like to request that specific UW NetIDs be added to the Local Admin Group, just include that info in the request follow-up.
  3. Join the workstation to the NETID Domain:
    1. Return to Control Panel/System and Security/System/Change Settings/Change

      1. Double-check that “Computer name” is what you want it to be
      2. Click on the “Domain” button under Member of
      3. Input:
      4. Click “OK” – if you are connected on Campus networking as required, you will be prompted for an account to connect to the NETID domain.
      5. Enter: netid\<your UW NetID> for the username and your netid password.
      6. Before rebooting, you can also run Computer Management and add NETID accounts to the Administrators Group.
    2. Restart the workstation.
    3. Log in using your UW NetID credentials: netid\your UW NetID.
  4. Completing MWS workstation configuration
    1. Allow a few hours or overnight for Managed Workstation settings to complete. Restarting the computer a couple of times to ensure settings are applied correctly is strongly encouraged. Alternatively, you can use this command to force the settings update and reboot: gpupdate /force /boot
    2.  Look for Software Center on the pc, to see what software you could be missing – the MWS Image already includes Office 2016.
    3. After this, you can use the myIT page to make these further changes:
      • the primary user
      • the technical contact
      • your note in the inventory field
Last reviewed November 30, 2018