Win XP Home Clients On Win 2003 Server Domain

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Dell Boy, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Dell Boy

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    I've lots of desktop experience as an IT Technician in peer-to-peer and home
    user environments but I'm a bit of a newby to servers having only worked on a
    Win 2K domain server with a handful ofclients several years ago and I've no
    Win 2003 Server experience at all.

    A small business has contacted me, they have a Win 2003 Server which they
    use basically as a desktop PC with a shared folder, and eight client PCs most
    of which are Windows XP Home. I want to set the server up so that it
    authenticates users logging on to the network because they want employees to
    be able to log on remotely. I believe that Windows XP Home PCs can't be
    joined to a domain and therfore will not be able to access the shared folder
    after I do this, am I correct?
     
    Dell Boy, Feb 24, 2008
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  2. Hello Dell,

    For joining a domain you need afaik XP professional.
     
    Meinolf Weber, Feb 24, 2008
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  3. Partly: Windows XP Home computers can not become Windows Domain members -
    can't be "joined" to a domain. You need Windows XP Professional for this.
    Vista Home and Home Premium are the same, you need at least Vista Business.

    However, users of Windows XP Home computers can access resources (e.g.
    shared folders and shared printers) that are hosted on domain member
    computers.

    So, if you make the server a Domain Controller, you can:
    1. join any Windows XP Professional as domain members
    2. create domain user accounts for the users that use the Windows XP Home
    computers; those users will not be able to use the domain user accounts to
    logon to the XP Home computers - they will need local user accounts on those
    computers for that purpose
    3. users that are logged on to the XP Home computers will be able to access
    shared folders on the (domain controller or domain member) server. There
    are several ways for the users to do so; a simple way is:

    a. click Start, Run
    b. \\servername\sharename
    c. press Enter or click OK
    d. when prompted, key the domain user account name (e.g.
    DomainName\DomainUserName) and the corresponding password
    e. click OK

    I suspect it will be better in the long run to replace XP Home with XP
    Professional - operation and support will be simplified and you/they will be
    able to take advantage of other domian features such as Group Policies to
    better manage the environment. With 8 clients, the Small Business Server
    offering may be useful, but if the client already has a 2003 server, the
    initial outlay for SBS may not be justifiable.
     
    Bruce Sanderson, Feb 24, 2008
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  4. Hello,

    Thanks for your post and as well as to Meinolf and Bruce for the detailed
    information sharing.

    Windows XP Home computers can't be joined to a domain.

    However, you could try the method provided by Bruce to access shared
    folders on domain member servers from XP Home computers.

    Please note, this method will not work if the GPOs linked to those domain
    member servers are configured as 'Do not allow unsecured communication with
    untrusted clients'. This policy can be configured under Group Policy
    Computer Configuration settings -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings ->
    IP Security Policies on Active Directory.

    I also agree with Bruce that for long term consideration, it is better to
    replace all Windows XP Home computers with Windows XP Professional Edition,
    which is designed for domain environment.

    I hope this helps. Thanks.

    Sincerely,
    Neo Zhu,
    Microsoft Online Support
    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

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    Jian-Ping Zhu [MSFT], Feb 25, 2008
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  5. Hello,

    I'm wondering if the suggestion has helped or if you have any further
    questions.

    Please feel free to respond to the newsgroups if I can assist further.

    Sincerely,
    Neo Zhu,
    Microsoft Online Support
    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

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    Jian-Ping Zhu [MSFT], Feb 29, 2008
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