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Typically, when you deploy a client computer on a Windows Server 2012 Essentials network or on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials network, you must first join the computer to the Windows Server 2012 Essentials domain or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain. In this situation, if the client computer is joined to another domain, you must manually remove the computer from that other domain before you proceed with the client deployment. Otherwise, the deployment fails.
This article provides an alternative solution to deploy a client computer on a Windows Server 2012 Essentials network or on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials network without joining the computer to the domain.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756Important This solution is supported only on client computers that are running one of the following operating systems:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
Article ID: 2752321 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 2.0