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  • Joining the domain
    1. Add the machine to your container.
    2. Get a temporary join account name and password.
    3. Log on to the machine as local administrator.
    4. Right click the My Computer icon.
    5. Select Properties.
    6. Click the Network Identification tab.
    7. Click the Properties button.
    8. Select the Member of Domain radio button.
    9. Type in: WIN.MIT.EDU (in all capitals).
    10. The next screen will prompt you to enter the WIN account name and password authorized to install machines in the domain. Enter the temporary join account name and password. Result: You will get a screen welcoming you to the domain.
    11. Reboot the machine for the changes to take effect.
  • To check Moira record for a hostname of IP adress:
athena% stella foo


athena% hostinfo foo


athena% nslookup foo
  • To check container assigment:
athena% stella foo -lcn
Machine: Container: Machines/pismere-laptops
  • To add the machine "foo" to the container "test":
athena% stella foo -acn Machines/test
  • Moira (available on UNIX Athena and WIN machines)
    • /usr/athena/bin/moira (The container menu is available from the top level menu, currently it is choice number 12)
    • Administrative Tools-> Moira Account Management
  • mitch - examine and modify informtion about containers in Moira
athena% mitch Machines/BioEng/endy
  • AD Container Management (available on WIN machines) - an MMC snap-in tool, normally found under the "Administrative Tools" menu, or invoked with the command adcontmgr.msc.

Windows Update

Auto Hotfixer is a retired tool. We use WSUS to have replaced it. You don't need to make the change to autohotfixer when you switch to MIT WSUS. Machines in should be all set for using MIT WSUS as long as you didn't make changes in your container to overwrite Windows Update settings.
enabled|disabled|5 - local admin to choose the update/reboot behavior
  • Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Update installations
  • Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update\Specify intranet Microsoft update service location
set intranet update service and statistics server to

Remote connection

mount -t cifs // /mnt/win -o user=username,domain=WIN.MIT.EDU
  • need to set win password before connecting to home directory from mac/linux