Can many domain clients use same username?

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Guest, May 18, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I am looking into setting up an internet cafe with a total of about Win XP
    Pro boxes. I expect to set up a domain controller simply because of the size
    of the network (>10 machine workgroup limit). I'll be using software call
    Smartlaunch which likes run like a shell but wants to be logged in as
    administrator.

    Can 20 machines be logged into a domain using the same user account? Do I
    have to create 20 different admin group user accounts?

    Also, I already own Win2000 Server, will this suffice?

    Thanks.
    Eno
     
    Guest, May 18, 2004
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    Roland Hall Guest

    : I am looking into setting up an internet cafe with a total of about Win XP
    : Pro boxes. I expect to set up a domain controller simply because of the
    size
    : of the network (>10 machine workgroup limit). I'll be using software call
    : Smartlaunch which likes run like a shell but wants to be logged in as
    : administrator.
    :
    : Can 20 machines be logged into a domain using the same user account? Do I
    : have to create 20 different admin group user accounts?
    :
    : Also, I already own Win2000 Server, will this suffice?

    You're going to give admin rights to everyone who logs onto your LAN in an
    Internet Cafe environment?
    There are no group user accounts. There are groups and there are users.
    Please clarify.

    You will also need licenses for each workstation along with CAL to the
    server if they're going to logon.

    First, why would you put anyone in the same workgroup or domain? What is
    the reason you feel that is a requirement?

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    Roland Hall, May 18, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    The Cafe software we will be using is called Smartlaunch. it runs as admin
    and creates a shell for users to login to using an account stored in the
    smartlaunch accounting database. I'm just trying to do a little homework to
    better plan my shopping list as I jump into this.

    So can i have a single user, say ADMIN, log into a winodws domain
    simultaneously from 20 different machines?

    Thanks.
     
    Guest, May 18, 2004
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  4. Guest

    Roland Hall Guest

    : : > You're going to give admin rights to everyone who logs onto your LAN in
    an
    : > Internet Cafe environment?
    : > There are no group user accounts. There are groups and there are users.
    : > Please clarify.
    : >
    : > You will also need licenses for each workstation along with CAL to the
    : > server if they're going to logon.
    : >
    : > First, why would you put anyone in the same workgroup or domain? What
    is
    : > the reason you feel that is a requirement?
    :
    : The Cafe software we will be using is called Smartlaunch. it runs as admin
    : and creates a shell for users to login to using an account stored in the
    : smartlaunch accounting database. I'm just trying to do a little homework
    to
    : better plan my shopping list as I jump into this.
    :
    : So can i have a single user, say ADMIN, log into a winodws domain
    : simultaneously from 20 different machines?

    You can set a restriction of how many or where a particular user can logon
    but I don't think these are set by default.

    The software runs as the name 'admin' or an account with administrative
    privileges?

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    Roland Hall, May 20, 2004
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  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yep, thats right. It doesn't necessarily have to be called 'admin'. Right
    now the place is running with a bunch of XP Pro boxes in a workgroup. the
    only user account is the one that was created during installation. from
    there we installed whatever cafe friendly apps were appropriate (the
    different "messengers" and flash and quicktime etc). Once the Smartlaunch
    client is installed it becomes the only environment the users know. The SL
    server offers admin, accounting, and monitoring tools.

    i experienced strange network happenings when all the machines were fired
    up, like large filecopies would consistently fail until I'd turn off a bunch
    of boxes.This is why I'm thinking about setting up a domain as more machines
    are expected to be added. i also would like to use the network for
    after-hours network rendering (ie After Effects) and so i need to be moving
    large files (uncompressed graphics) across it.

    thanks for your input
     
    Guest, May 20, 2004
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  6. Guest

    Roland Hall Guest

    : : > : So can i have a single user, say ADMIN, log into a winodws domain
    : > : simultaneously from 20 different machines?
    : >
    : > You can set a restriction of how many or where a particular user can
    logon
    : > but I don't think these are set by default.
    : >
    : > The software runs as the name 'admin' or an account with administrative
    : > privileges?
    :
    : Yep, thats right. It doesn't necessarily have to be called 'admin'.

    Does that imply it needs administrative rights or are you just using admin
    as an example and it could be called Barney?

    : i experienced strange network happenings when all the machines were fired
    : up, like large filecopies would consistently fail until I'd turn off a
    bunch
    : of boxes.

    This could be any number of things but hard to say since most about your
    network is unknown to me.

    : This is why I'm thinking about setting up a domain as more machines
    : are expected to be added. i also would like to use the network for
    : after-hours network rendering (ie After Effects)

    I'm not sure what 'network rendering' is unless you're referring to
    graphics.

    : and so i need to be moving
    : large files (uncompressed graphics) across it.

    Why would you do that and are there other scenarios you can use? How large
    is large?

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    Roland Hall
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    Roland Hall, May 21, 2004
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  7. Being a TV station we have some of that in video form, although it never has
    to go over the main network. It stays within the editing system and only
    moves between the two or three machines involved in that. All still images
    are not tightly compressed like JPG or GIF but they still do have a certain
    amount of compression, at least whatever is provided by TIF or PSD formats
    anyway.

    But yes, if that stuff had to move around a lot, some serious segmentation
    of those parts of the network would have to be looked at.
     
    Phillip Windell, May 21, 2004
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