Can XP Home join a domain, yea or nay?


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Armando Vezza

Hello,
OK I have heard the drift that it is impossible for XP Home to join a
domain, then I hear that it IS possible. If it is possible, can someone who
has done it tell me the steps.

TIA
Armando
 
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Bruce Chambers

Armando said:
Hello,
OK I have heard the drift that it is impossible for XP Home to join
a domain, then I hear that it IS possible. If it is possible, can
someone who has done it tell me the steps.

TIA
Armando

WinXP Home is not designed to, nor can it truly be made to, join a
WinNT, Win2K or Win2K3 domain.

Windows XP Comparison Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosing2.asp

Which Edition Is Right for You
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/whichxp.asp

However, domain resources, such as shared folders on the servers,
or printers, can be manually accessed by properly authenticated users
on WinXP Home machines.


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Armando Vezza

However, domain resources, such as shared folders on the servers,
or printers, can be manually accessed by properly authenticated users
on WinXP Home machines.
Thanks for the reply. This last statement interests me. If I understand you
correctly, you are saying that although XP Home cannot "technically" join a
domain, I can access a shared folder on the server. Now how can I do that?

Here is the setup: the server is running Mandrake 6. There is a shared
repertoire on the server which can be seen and accessed from numerous Win
98 machines by logging on to the Win 98 PC's with a specific user name and
password. In this repertoire there is a folder called "public" which can be
accessed by all the Win98 machines. I want to be able to do the same thing
with the XP Home machines. Is that possible, and if so how?

TIA

Armando
 
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Bruce Chambers

Armando said:
Thanks for the reply. This last statement interests me. If I
understand you correctly, you are saying that although XP Home
cannot "technically" join a domain, I can access a shared folder on
the server. Now how can I do that?

Here is the setup: the server is running Mandrake 6. There is a
shared repertoire on the server which can be seen and accessed
from numerous Win 98 machines by logging on to the Win 98 PC's with
a specific user name and password. In this repertoire there is a
folder called "public" which can be accessed by all the Win98
machines. I want to be able to do the same thing with the XP Home
machines. Is that possible, and if so how?

TIA

Armando

If we were discussing a Windows domain environment, you'd simply
have to log into the WinXP Home machine with a username/password that
has the requisite permissions to the domain resources. However, as
your server is running Linux, you'll have to ask this question in a
Linux newsgroup. I believe it'll entail enabling Samba on the Linux
box, but I'm not sure.

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