join xp home to sbs domain

Posted on 2007-08-07
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I'm wondering what my options are as far as joining xp home to a sbs domain.  I always upgrade to xp pro and then join.  However, has anyone applied the registry hack for mce to an xp home computer and joined it to a domain?  if yes did you have any problems.  i have an mce computer i'm going to do the registry edit anyway.
Question by:salliecookies
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XP Home and MCE 2005  were not designed to join a domain.
Therefore any registry hack would be in violation the MS licence agreement.

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i'm looking for optimistic views on this.  haha but it's all good.  
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Hello salliecookies,

just upgrade the home to pro, it wont cost you that much.


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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 1000 total points
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There is certainly a way to connect XP Home to an SBS network, but you aren't technically joining the domain.  Just change it's workgroup to the same name as the domain and then create a user account locally on the machine that matches that user's domain account.  

This will allow for passthrough authentication allowing the user to access domain resources without having a login box pop up.

BUT... it's really a crappy thing to do because you can't use Outlook with an Exchange account (unless you also configure it to use RPC over HTTPS) and you can't manage that computer centrally... so it's really never much of a savings to begin with.

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It would be much easier in the long run to simply upgrade to XP Pro and join the domain that way, as was intended. XP home is designed for home PCs which wouldn't normally be needed to connect to a network.

With Vista out now you can pick up XP Pro quite cheaply.

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is that what you do with laptops that are working in an sbs environment or do you run the connectcomputer wizard?
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Sorry, I must have missed your follow-up when you posted it...

"is that what you do with laptops that are working in an sbs environment or do you run the connectcomputer wizard?"

I'm really not sure what would make you think that.  In my opinion, as I tried to point out above, XP Home is a huge security risk because you are allowing an unmanaged machine to be connected to your LAN.  Not joining a laptop to your domain is an even greater security risk because then you have an unmanaged machine that connects to your LAN and also is taken outside the office where it could be lost or stolen --- and again not being managed by domain policies, all the information on it is available to whoever finds it... (or took it).

Furthermore, if the laptop is connecting to the Internet at a public wi-fi location, there are no domain policies which are protecting it's traffic from being "sniffed" (http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/sniffer.html)

So, in my deployments, all machines are running XP Pro or Vista Business and they are all joined to the domain.


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thank you for following up

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