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Impact of XP clients on Windows Server 2012 domain with Essentials edition

We have a SBS2003 network that has a mix of XP and Win7 machines. I want to move to Windows Server 2012, with a plan of upgrading the XP machines later (for operational reason these can't be done now).

I understand that you can't use the highest security level in AD if you are using XP in a mixed environment, but my key questions are:

1) Can the XP pro client machines join the domain (I know not with the webconnect but manually)? If so will the features like centralised logon and network shares function as in SBS2003?

2) I understand that the XP machines can't be managed from the dashboard or centrally backed up by asside from this are there any other limitation of the machines being on the domain?

The crux of it is, the server is just needed to manage logon, and file share access will this work?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
What you are worried about is not an issue with Windows XP and Server 2012
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JAuthor Commented:
Is it just the web connect does not work and you just join it in the same way you did in previous versions from the client machine?
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Sarang TinguriaSr EngineerCommented:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Windows Server 2012 does not have a web connect item.
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JAuthor Commented:
Are there any specific options or choices that I need to select with regards to setup to ensure the XP machines can join the domain, or will it just work out of the box?
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Sarang TinguriaSr EngineerCommented:
Nothing specific... just make sure DNS is configured correctly and pointing to internal DNS server

Also once you have joined remember to install Group policy client side extension on windows XP systems so that 2012 Group policy gets effective on XP clients
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