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Domain and Home editions.

Most of my computers are professionals windows computers. But I have two home editions. I was thinking about setting up a domain with all of the computers on my network that I can. I know I can't join the home editions to domain but, what can I do with them. All I really need is to be able to share a folder on a server (on the domain), with the home computers. The two home computer are just used to play videos and automatically log in to a local administrator user, so no one will need to log in to it with a domain account.
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  1. I don't really see why you would need a domain to setup a simple file share for a local home network. Have you considered just sharing the file?

    In order to setup a domain you'd have to grab a Windows Server distro and use that for your server. You'd have to setup the domain controller and assign domain names to each system (trust me, this is a pain in the padded ass for your application).

    Maybe I misunderstood you. Is this for your home or an office?
  2. Psychoteddy said:
    I don't really see why you would need a domain to setup a simple file share for a local home network. Have you considered just sharing the file?

    In order to setup a domain you'd have to grab a Windows Server distro and use that for your server. You'd have to setup the domain controller and assign domain names to each system (trust me, this is a pain in the padded ass for your application).

    Maybe I misunderstood you. Is this for your home or an office?


    Yes this is my home, and yes simple file sharing is just fine, for what I need. I am doing it more for my education in how to setup a domain, then anything else. It is funner and causes more problems, then just reading about it in a book :)
    I have server 2008 up and running (it is my file server) so I just need to install the domain portion, and start breaking stuff from there :).
    I just was wondering if my home editions would be able to access any files at all on the server when it is changed to a domain controller?
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    Catsrules said:
    Yes this is my home, and yes simple file sharing is just fine, for what I need. I am doing it more for my education in how to setup a domain, then anything else. It is funner and causes more problems, then just reading about it in a book :)
    I have server 2008 up and running (it is my file server) so I just need to install the domain portion, and start breaking stuff from there :).
    I just was wondering if my home editions would be able to access any files at all on the server when it is changed to a domain controller?



    If you join your workstations to the domain, yes. They will be able to see them. Hope this helps and happy breaking! :pt1cable:
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    why don't you make use of vmware and virtual machines if you are using it for educational purposes.


    Normally I would, but I am close to reinstalling windows on all of my computers. (crapware is over taking them :)) So I figured, why not try it out on live subjects for a few weeks.


    Thanks for you help.
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