Avatar of webdork
webdork

asked on 

Windows Domain Network

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?

Can you point me at a kb article?
Networking Hardware-Other

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
John
Avatar of motnahp00
motnahp00
Flag of United States of America image

No, a domain requirement is a DC.
Avatar of webdork
webdork

ASKER

what is DC?
Avatar of webdork
webdork

ASKER

Domain Controller maybe? No DC add on for WIn 7 Pro?
Avatar of Glen Krinsky
Glen Krinsky
Flag of United States of America image

No.  For a domain, you need a domain controller.  However, you can upgrade your XP machines to 7 pro and use the "HOMEGROUP" option.
Avatar of motnahp00
motnahp00
Flag of United States of America image

Yes, DC = domain controller. You install the AD DS role on a server.
Avatar of John
John
Flag of Canada image

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
Avatar of Glen Krinsky
Glen Krinsky
Flag of United States of America image

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?
Avatar of webdork
webdork

ASKER

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.
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Avatar of Glen Krinsky
Glen Krinsky
Flag of United States of America image

Blurred text
THIS SOLUTION IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS.
View this solution by signing up for a free trial.
Members can start a 7-Day free trial and enjoy unlimited access to the platform.
See Pricing Options
Start Free Trial
Avatar of motnahp00
motnahp00
Flag of United States of America image

As airborne1128 stated, you will be fine with a workgroup configuration.
Avatar of John
John
Flag of Canada image

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
Avatar of webdork
webdork

ASKER

Good idea airborne1128. Can I still do a intranet?

Please look at my next Q:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/27729405/Local-Intranet.html
Avatar of Glen Krinsky
Glen Krinsky
Flag of United States of America image

Yes you can, as long as permissions are correct.  You will also need internet connection sharing I believe.
Avatar of John
John
Flag of Canada image

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
Networking Hardware-Other
Networking Hardware-Other

Networking hardware includes the physical devices facilitating the use of a computer network. Typically, networking hardware includes gateways, routers, network bridges, modems, wireless access points, networking cables, line drivers, switches, hubs, and repeaters. But it also includes hybrid network devices such as multilayer switches, protocol converters, bridge routers, proxy servers, firewalls, network address translators, multiplexers, network interface controllers, wireless network interface controllers, ISDN terminal adapters and other related hardware.

28K
Questions
--
Followers
--
Top Experts
Get a personalized solution from industry experts
Ask the experts
Read over 600 more reviews

TRUSTED BY

IBM logoIntel logoMicrosoft logoUbisoft logoSAP logo
Qualcomm logoCitrix Systems logoWorkday logoErnst & Young logo
High performer badgeUsers love us badge
LinkedIn logoFacebook logoX logoInstagram logoTikTok logoYouTube logo