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How can a user that has a laptop with a home version of Windows 10 logon to the company.  It was my impression that  home versions of windows operating systems could not logon to the domain.  Somehow this user is.  Can anyone tell me of ways that this can be done?  This company has a Windows essentials 2012 r2.
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by:John Hurst
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Home cannot connect to Domain. Upgrade to Pro. That will fix your issues.
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how is he logging in.. via rdp to a TS..
but you cannot add a machine with windows home version to a domain as member.
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You can logon to your Domain servers with home versions of Windows, but you can't join the domain. That means GPO's, single sign-on etc won't work with that PC. You can't manage that PC from the domain like you can with Pro, Ultimate or Enterprise versions.
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Yes, but Home is not made for business use,  so upgrade it and move on.
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Upgrading sounds like a good solution, but the owner of this company is not willing to spend too much money on anything - unfortunately.

At this point I don't know how he is logging on.  I noticed this when I was trying to fix his email problems.  He was already logged on and I had other problems to fix.  

rindi - at the point of being stupid.  How would you logon to the domain with out joining.  Let's say his AD user is  user1 on domain  ourdomain.   Usually users will type ourdomain\user1 or just user1 to login.
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You can use a batch file to map folders on the server and that should work.

Upgrading to Pro is quite cheap. It is not an expensive proposition.

Home lacks other essentials like policies, so you will have to stick to the very basics of folder mapping.
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Thanks John.  Will try to convince him.  It sure would make things a lot easier and at least standardize everyone.
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Download and install Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 in Win 10 Home.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40285
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I have seen that before. I think it is for Windows Pro.
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The connector is for both Windows Home and Pro versions, but the drawback is that the server wont have control over the client machine (Windows 10 Home) as it is NOT a domain join and all group policies will not work for sure.

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/433901-windows-10-home-domain-join/
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Confused.  So if it can't join the domain, how can it access the shared folders on the domain?  And why would anyone want to use this with a pro version if you can already connect to the domain?

Pardon my ignorance
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joint to domain is to give admin control of the local PC to the domain controller

using connector is a different concept as it is just connecting the local PC to the domain controller server computer so that the local PC can use the resources of the server and do backup to the server.
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Besides, you need tp update your Windows essentials 2012 r2 with the following if you want to run the connector properly for Windows 10.

July 2016 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172614

Reference
http://www.channelpronetwork.com/blog/entry/essentials-connector-update-windows-10
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At this point I don't know how he is logging on.

Actually, why can't you just ask him or have a look of what software has been installed in his laptop?
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Ok. But if it needs a shared drive would i have to physically map them on the local pc, since it cannot use group policies?
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Actually MS has already published detailed guides below,

Get Connected in Windows Server Essentials
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj713510(v=ws.11).aspx

Use Shared Folders in Windows Server Essentials
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj730376(v=ws.11).aspx

Have a look first and post back your query.
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You logon to the PC with the normal home PC's account as usual. When you need to access a share on the domain, you open the explorer, enter \\IPOfServerOnWhichTheShareIsON\ShareName into the address bar. Now you get asked for credentials and you have to input a Domain User Account, along with the password. You repeat that for each share. The same applies for printers, you need to enter the printer's network info in the port, and enter your domain credentials.
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Was this a new setup/install?
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No. Not a new setup/install.  Today, I actually got on his laptop and snooped around.   I found an app called Citrix online launcher (something like that)  I believe this is how he is getting on.  I checked the server and the connect feature is not installed.  

Anyone know anything about Citrix?  Just curious. I convinced him to upgrade to windows pro version.  Told him it would be easier for the netadmin to administer.
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I convinced him to upgrade to windows pro version

Good. Because that is really your answer here and yes, easiest overall.
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Thanks to everyone who offered input.
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You are very welcome and I am glad you were able to convince the client to upgrade.
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now how in the world do i close this?  Having trouble with it ever since they changed formats
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You closed it and must have used the Close Question wizard (which is not completely intuitive)
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Thanks
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