Adding a server to a domain...sharing its resources

The domain seems to be working and I am adding workstations one at a time and solving all the annoying problems as we add each one....I  am now at the point where I want to add the other standalone servers to the domain.  The domain in a windows 2003 and the standalone servers are windows 2000, it seems the same as they have user profile and join domain options all set up.

Can I through the domain set up the shares on these standalone server machines and how?  Also do I need to know anything special about adding these servers to the domain?

I hope I do not need to add the users all over again on these machines...any help is very much appreciated as I enter these stages!!.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
There should be no problem doing this.  Join the machine to the domain.  The domain's account list will be available to you and you can share and set security for the domain users.
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Can I through the domain set up the shares on these standalone server machines and how?<<

Shares are setup locally.  You need to configure your shares by logging into the memberserver locally, by using Remote Desktop (TS), or using the MMC of a client (computer management) and connecting to the memberserver.  Then, as Lee mentions, after you join the memberserver to the domain, Active Directory will allow you to configure your NTFS permissions.  Remember that you must also set Share Permissions on the shares.  The default is READ ONLY, so you must determine the type of share permissions to establish for your users.

To configure your share permissions and NTFS Permissions, just click the Add button > Advanced button > Find Now button.  This will bring down the entire list of user/group objects from your AD, and you can choose who you want to add.  Suggest you think hard about the type of permissions you wish to give, as you do not want to give users too much authority on a share.

Also, remember that NTFS Permissions are accumulative (except for the Deny permission, which in 99% of the cases overrides all other permissions) and the the combination of Share and NTFS permissions uses the most restrictive.


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