[Samba] Samba and *groan* Windows XP Home problems!
jay at jayts.cx
Wed Aug 7 00:44:06 GMT 2002
On Tue, Aug 06, 2002 at 11:57:03PM -0400, Chris Smith wrote:
> On Tue, 2002-08-06 at 17:29, Jay Ts wrote:
> > Please correct me if you are sure I'm wrong, but what I read previously
> > -- IIRC -- is that XP Home isn't even as good as Windows 95/98/Me at
> > authenticating in a Windows NT domain environment.
> BTW, I just ran across this:
> Apparently with a proper tweak or two XP Home can join a domain.
Now I wonder if that happens to violate Microsoft's shrink-wrap
license??? Things could get interesting if it didn't!
I did a quick search at the Microsoft website, and it seems that
Windows XP Home cannot join a Windows NT domain (i.e., as a
domain member server). And on one page, they say:
|| Most larger networks are domain-based. Windows XP Professional is
|| required to access a domain-based network.
However, that was apparently written by the Marketing Department!
I found a page with a perhaps more complete story:
|| Why Windows XP Professional is Best for Domain-Based Networks
|| Posted: January 30, 2002
|| You can use Windows XP Home Edition to connect to resources in a domain,
|| either on the local network, or via a Remote Access Services (RAS) or virtual
|| private network (VPN) connection; however, with Windows XP Home
|| Edition, you cannot:
|| Be joined to and managed by the domain
|| This means any logon scripts, group policies, or software
|| distribution by the network administrator over the network
|| will not happen on your computer. With Windows XP Professional,
|| you can easily join and be managed by the domain.
|| Enter your domain credentials a single time
|| This means any time you connect to a file, printer share, e-mail
|| account, Web page, etc., you will have to enter your logon and
|| password. However, if you connect to the network via RAS, you
|| will only have to enter your credentials once. With Windows XP
|| Professional, no matter how you connect to your domain-based
|| network, you will only have to enter your credentials once.
|| Use advanced security features
|| Security features such as IP Security (IPSec) and digital
|| certificates may be required in some environments to access
|| certain resources. These features are built into Windows XP
See, it is simple, isn't it? :)
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