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Setting up Windows 2003 for Small Offices

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Hi,

My office has 4 workstation computer, and 1 server (windows 2003 server). I am trying to do a basic networking setting for those computer. The reason I use windows 2003 server is I am trying to make my employee to be able to login to any computers but still found their account on each computer (like in many computers lab in college). My questions are:

1. How can I submit a specific folder for each user that login in the workstation automatically without mapping. (I was able to setup active directory, domain contraoller and DNS setting). Or even better that "my documents" folder in each workstation is pointed to disk space for each user in the server.

2. I setup dual booting in server computer: Win XP and Win Server 2003. Is the network still works if I boot with XP ? IF dual booting can't be used, can I login to win server just as a regular workstation. ( I can't find any user setting in computer management (local)).

thanks for helps
- mike
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1. if you create a domain and add the PCs into it, then you can create one account per user on the domain, and that account is available from all machines in the domain. Next, you can use GPO to do 'folder redirection' to redirect the My Documents to another location.

2. if you have a domain, then when booting into XP the domain is no longer available - which wouldn't be too good.  I can't see any reason why you couldn't use the 2003 Server as your regular workstation, although obviously it's not really ideal.
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Here's a link for setting up the initial domain
http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_install_active_directory_on_windows_2003.htm

then you can use 'Active Directory Users and Computers' to add the user accounts

Here's info on folder redirection and GPO
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Hi,

thanks for the answer.
about point 2. I could only login as an administrators to login to 2003 server. Everytime I try to login as a regular user, it give me a message saying that a local policies not allowing me to do this.

Also, since I change every workstation DNS to static IP of the server, I could not login to internet if the server is off. Can I change this ?

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In Administrative Tools, you can find 'Local Security Policy'. In here go to 'Local Policies', then 'User Rights Assignment' and you can find the User Right called 'Log on Locally' - you can grant this to any user/group that you would like to be able to login to your server.

re. DNS - this is another reason to keep the server running then. The only way around it would be to assign a different DNS server to the PCs (like one at your ISP or something).

If you do decide to use a domain, then you'll have to use your internal DNS server, so you shouldn't reboot that server to XP.
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thanks :)
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