Vista Premium and Active Directory

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a new laptop with Vista Home Premiun installed and want to connect now and again to a SBS 2003 server. I have been told that this is not possible because of Active Directory and I will have to upgrade to Vista Business. Can this be true?
Question by:Scotcom
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    by:Imtiaz Hasham
    This is true, no "Home" versions of Vista can be added to a domain, like Windows XP Home Edition.
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    Accepted Solution

    You can connect to the SBS server but you can't join the SBS domain (like XP Home).

    In theory, if you set the username and password on the SBS the same as your local username and password, pass-tru authentication may allow access to the SBS's ressources. I can't check here if this really works.
    If not, you can authenticate to the SBS by mapping a drive to a share on the SBS and provide username and password of your account on the SBS.

    Hope it helps
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    Assisted Solution

    Yes, this is true. Home versions of Vista cannot be connected to a domain

    "D. Domain Join, Group Policy support, Windows Fax and Scan, Encrypting File System (EFS), Shadow Copy, Corporate Roaming, Offline Files and Folders, and Remote Desktop are available in Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate."


    Author Comment

    Is there a workaround or is it a case of upgrade?
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    by:Imtiaz Hasham
    There is, unfortunately no workaround, just an upgrade. If you buy the relevant Licence, you can just go to Control Panel -> System and click on Change product key.
    This will change it from one OS to the other.
    I haven't tried this but heard about it.

    Author Comment

    Many thanks for your answers. I contacted Microsoft Netherlands whoe told me that if I paid an additional ¬ 250 I could easily upgrade to Vista Business and there was no other solution. I hace since bought an OEM Vista Business and shall try to upgrade from this. I'll keep you posted!

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