Can XP recognize and access data that is on a dynamic disk on a windows 2000 server?

Posted on 2006-04-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have a server running windows server 2000, i have two dynamic disk on it. Can other computers running XP and 2000 access and modify data on those disks? It would be across the network, not local disk... And will that mess with permissions given to users to access those disks?
Question by:lsimmons85
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi there lsimmons85

    See here:

    If you are running Windows XP Professional and one or more of the following operating systems on the same computer, you must use basic volumes, because these operating systems cannot access data that is stored on dynamic volumes:

        •      Windows XP Home Edition
        •      Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or earlier
        •      Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
        •      Microsoft Windows 98
        •      Microsoft Windows 95
        •      MS-DOS

    And here:

    Dynamic storage is supported in Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.

    Steve :)
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    Assisted Solution

    This is not a problem at all.

    You're sharing the discs over the network, so they behave *just as a basic disc* would.

    Simply share the folders, set permissions, and go.  (No different from a basic disc.)

    Assisted Solution

    sda100 is definitely correct about Dynamic Support being supported with Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. The  "mess" with permissions on the drives is actually an integral part of securing any network, but is only supported on an NTFS File system. If you have an NTFS file system on your dynamic disks you will most likely need to set up the permissions on the shares you create. I have my file server set up with a folder on the C: drive called server. Inside of that folder I have created all of the shares that I use for file serving. When you create the shares you will need to keep in mind that there are two levels of permissions that need to be set. The first level, is the share level. I usually just set that to full control for everyone and then switch over to the security tab and set up my actual NTFS permissions to control the access to the drive. I try to keep in mind the principle of least privilege. Here is an article from Microsoft Technet that explains how to apply the principle.

    Here is another article that describes the process for setting NTFS permissions in a Windows 2000 server:

    Read the above two articles and apply the concepts within with a little bit of basic networking knowledge and you should be all set.


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