Bypass domain join during client deployment in a Windows Server 2012 Essentials network

An interesting blog was published titled, “How to skip domain joining during client deployment in a Windows Server 2012 Essentials network” –

To do this, you need to edit a registry key on the client computer.

  1. On your client computer, open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type the following:
    reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\ClientDeployment” /v SkipDomainJoin /t REG_DWORD /d 1

There may be situations where you wish to connect a PC to the Windows Server 2012 Essentials server, but leave the PC off the domain. It may be that this is a personal PC or laptop, but the user requires the Client Backup functionality without adding the laptop to the corporate domain. Another possibility may be the existence of a larger +25 CAL domain, where the Essentials server is to be a client backup server only. At this moment, Windows Storage Server 2008R2 Essentials can be used for this purpose. However, no Windows Server 2012 edition of this server has been announced.

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