Impact of XP clients on Windows Server 2012 domain with Essentials edition
Posted on 2013-06-04
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?