Domain and Workgroup confussion in Server 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Seicom, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. Seicom

    Seicom Guest

    Hi everyone.
    I installed Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, and I configured that
    computer
    to be a domain controller (Active Directory).
    In another computer I have Windows XP and it is not configured to join a
    domain. It
    is now configured to be in a Workgrup. However, if I search the 2003 server
    in the
    Network icon I can log in it (after typing the username and password) and
    use the
    shared folders. So, this means that I don't need to right-click My PC icon
    and go to
    "Computer Name" tab and click the "Change" Button to join the domain.

    Now, this is my question:
    What's the difference between:
    1.telling the computer to join a domain, and
    2.finding the server and logging in it directly (even though the computer is
    still
    in a Workgroup)?
    Is there any advantages using one option or another?

    Also I have another question.
    I created an User called roland (it belongs to Domain Users group).
    As a test, I told the computer to join the domain. Now, roland can't install
    any
    application software. The computer forces me to run any setup as the
    Administrator.

    After installation of software, roland can't use the application software
    because
    he's got no permissions to write in Program Files folder, and it's necessary
    for the
    application software to write in Program Files folder.
    Also, if he right-click My PC icon and go to "Computer Name" tab, he can't
    take the
    computer out of the domain;that option is for administrators only.
    So, after all that, I configured roland to be a member of Administrators
    group.
    Then, I restarted the XP computer, log in using roland's account, and he's
    still not
    able to install the application software, also he can't take the computer
    out of the
    domain.
    What do I need to do with roland to be able to do that?
    Which groups he must be member of?

    Thanks for all your help, this is very important for me, I've read a lot of
    documentation but with unsuccesful results.

    Roland
     
    Seicom, Oct 10, 2005
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  2. Yes, if you have username with the same password, you can logon local computer and access the domain resources. For example, I always use my laptop to access my clients’ domain by creating the same username of the local logon in the DC and I don’t need to join the domain.



    Creating domain gives you a central administration. For example, you can create all users in the DC instead of creating them one by one on each workstation. Another example is you can create group policy to manage group users while workstation manages only local policy.


    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    Hi everyone.
    I installed Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, and I configured that
    computer
    to be a domain controller (Active Directory).
    In another computer I have Windows XP and it is not configured to join a
    domain. It
    is now configured to be in a Workgrup. However, if I search the 2003 server
    in the
    Network icon I can log in it (after typing the username and password) and
    use the
    shared folders. So, this means that I don't need to right-click My PC icon
    and go to
    "Computer Name" tab and click the "Change" Button to join the domain.

    Now, this is my question:
    What's the difference between:
    1.telling the computer to join a domain, and
    2.finding the server and logging in it directly (even though the computer is
    still
    in a Workgroup)?
    Is there any advantages using one option or another?

    Also I have another question.
    I created an User called roland (it belongs to Domain Users group).
    As a test, I told the computer to join the domain. Now, roland can't install
    any
    application software. The computer forces me to run any setup as the
    Administrator.

    After installation of software, roland can't use the application software
    because
    he's got no permissions to write in Program Files folder, and it's necessary
    for the
    application software to write in Program Files folder.
    Also, if he right-click My PC icon and go to "Computer Name" tab, he can't
    take the
    computer out of the domain;that option is for administrators only.
    So, after all that, I configured roland to be a member of Administrators
    group.
    Then, I restarted the XP computer, log in using roland's account, and he's
    still not
    able to install the application software, also he can't take the computer
    out of the
    domain.
    What do I need to do with roland to be able to do that?
    Which groups he must be member of?

    Thanks for all your help, this is very important for me, I've read a lot of
    documentation but with unsuccesful results.

    Roland
     
    Robert L [MS-MVP], Oct 10, 2005
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  3. Seicom

    Seicom Guest

    Ok, perfect. I have understood the domain and workgroup issue. Thanks!
    About the other question, how can I make user roland able to install
    application
    software and take his computer out of the domain?

    Thanks a lot for your time!

    Roland
     
    Seicom, Oct 10, 2005
    #3
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