In this blog post, we will learn how to join a Windows 7 machine to an Azure Active Directory (AD) domain. While Windows 7 is not officially supported as an Azure AD-joined device, there is a workaround using Azure AD Connect.
- An active Azure subscription with access to Azure AD
- A Windows 7 machine with administrative privileges
- Azure AD Connect installed on a Windows Server machine (in the same network as the Windows 7 machine)
Step 1: Configure Azure AD Connect
Before you can join the Windows 7 machine to the Azure AD domain, you need to ensure that Azure AD Connect is synchronizing your on-premises Active Directory with Azure AD. To do this, follow these steps on your Windows Server machine:
- Open the Azure AD Connect application.
- Click Configure and select Add an additional Azure AD domain.
- Enter your Azure AD credentials when prompted.
- Select the on-premises AD domain to synchronize with Azure AD and click Next.
- Click Configure to start the synchronization process.
Once the synchronization is complete, your on-premises AD domain will be connected to Azure AD.
Step 2: Join the Windows 7 Machine to the On-Premises AD Domain
Since Windows 7 does not support joining Azure AD directly, you will first need to join the Windows 7 machine to the on-premises AD domain that is synchronized with Azure AD. To do this, follow these steps on your Windows 7 machine:
- Click Start and right-click on Computer. Select Properties.
- Click Change settings next to the computer name.
- Click the Change button and select Domain.
- Enter the domain name of your on-premises AD domain (e.g.,
yourdomain.local) and click OK.
- Enter the credentials of a domain administrator when prompted.
- Restart the Windows 7 machine when prompted.
Once the Windows 7 machine is connected to the on-premises AD domain, it will also be available in Azure AD through Azure AD Connect.
Step 3: Verify the Windows 7 Machine in Azure AD
To ensure that the Windows 7 machine is now part of your Azure AD domain, follow these steps:
- Sign in to the Azure portal with your Azure AD credentials.
- Click on Azure Active Directory from the left-hand menu.
- Click on Devices and then All devices.
- Search for your Windows 7 machine by its computer name.
If the Windows 7 machine appears in the list of devices, it has been successfully joined to the Azure AD domain.
While Windows 7 does not natively support joining Azure AD, you can use Azure AD Connect to synchronize an on-premises AD domain with Azure AD and join the Windows 7 machine to the on-premises domain. This workaround allows you to manage Windows 7 devices in Azure AD and take advantage of Azure AD features.