Windows Domain Network

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I want to network 6 computers (XP Pro and Win 7 Pro). Can I set them up as a domain without a server OS in the system?

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No, a domain requirement is a DC.

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what is DC?

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Domain Controller maybe? No DC add on for WIn 7 Pro?
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Glen KrinskySystems Administrator

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No.  For a domain, you need a domain controller.  However, you can upgrade your XP machines to 7 pro and use the "HOMEGROUP" option.
Yes, DC = domain controller. You install the AD DS role on a server.
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If the needs are very small, elect one machine as the central machine and keep files on it. Network the other machines to it.

If your needs are larger, small SBS servers are not expensive, come with a Domain and Domain Controller, Active Directory and User file management.  If you can afford it, this is the best way hands down.  There is no such management in a workstation (others have already pointed out no Domain Controller). .... Thinkpads_User
Glen KrinskySystems Administrator

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I agree with Thinkpads_user, SBS (Small Business Server) is an EXCELLENT option.  What do you hope to gain by creating a domain?  Is it for managment and control?

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Didn't know it would be so complex. Don't want to upgrade the OS on the XP workstations. Do I need domain network? What are advantages?

My network objectives are file and printer (standalone) sharing and intranet running .NET application.
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I think you would be better off with just a workgroup setup running file and print sharing.  Less managment needed and less hassles.
As airborne1128 stated, you will be fine with a workgroup configuration.
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Windows 7 Homegroup uses the public folders; not any folder. So yes, if you do not want a server and you do not want to upgrade all the machines, select one machine and make sure there is a folder (probably a root folder) that has permissions to the users.

Using a User folder (My Documents) leads to further complexity because of userid restrictions.

Do you need a domain?  Probably not, but you are stretching things with 6 computers.  SBS gives many advantages including user control which is why we suggest it.

.... Thinkpads_User

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Good idea airborne1128. Can I still do a intranet?

Please look at my next Q:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/Q_27729405.html
Glen KrinskySystems Administrator

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Yes you can, as long as permissions are correct.  You will also need internet connection sharing I believe.
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Workstations do not do intranet so far as I know. They just supply file sharing. Even printers are best networked and not shared.

Your needs are looking higher and higher, which may lead you to a small SBS. If you do select a workstation approach, remember it is not a server and will not work like one.

.... Thinkpads_User

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