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Windows 7 laptops to join server 2003 domain

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I have been asked to look at the possibility of creating users on laptops that are preloaded with Windows 7 and then create users on a server running MS server 2003 SBS (small business server) on a domain

The O/S on the server will be a fresh install and the laptops will be new (the first one is Windows 7 home premium, but I could recommend Windows 7 professional if it helps).

I remember some time ago I had extreme difficulty trying to get a new PC in an office that had Windows 7 installed to join a 2003 domain, but I believe that a patch was released to help this issue and hopefully some other updates to make it easier.

Does anyone have any recent experience of getting client computers with windows 7 installed to join a server 2003 domain and do you have any tips ?

Appreciate any feedback, thanks.
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We've been getting Win7 PCs onto a Server 2003 domain without any major issues, provided the user accounts are initially set up correctly in Active Driectory.  Most of our problems have come from some of the 64-bit applications not being compatible with software running on other servers on the network, in some cases resolved by installing Win7 32-bit OS.

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Windows 7 Home does not have the feature to join a domain. So you would have to user Windows 7 Professional.

And no we never had any issues joining the Windows 7 Professional computers to a Server 2003 domain.
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You can add to Domain if your Windows 7 is Professional or Enterprise. Home Premium or Basic doesn't a feature to Join to the Domain...
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by:Amitabh Singh
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Hi ensite31
have a look to the step by step guide below , with screen shot how to join windows 7 to SMB 2003 Domain
http://www.elmajdal.net/Win7/Joining_Windows_7_To_Domain.aspx
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thanks for your input guys, I'll go ahead and recommend Windows 7 professional too.
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by:Amitabh Singh
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aah sorry about my last post i did't read you have Windows 7 Home Premium and  Basic , you can not join Windows 7 Home Premium or   Basic to domain !, To join a domain you need to have Windows 7 professional or Ultimate
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