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How do i connect XP or Vista to windows server 2008?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by nappymonster, Apr 28, 2008.

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  1. nappymonster

    nappymonster Thread Starter

    Nov 11, 2007
    Hi all,
    I've just set up windows server 2008 for my home, but how do i now connect to it. The computers are mostly XP, though some are vista, so instructions for both would be great.

    Also, is there anything specific you suggest doing to windows server 2008 before use? I've downloaded updates, but don't really understand the roles. What i want my server to do is let me log on, from any of my home PCs, as "nappymonster", access all my files, print to our printer, etc. And the same for 3 other accounts on about 6 computers.

  2. srhoades


    May 15, 2003
    So, you basically want us to walk you through setup up and configuring active direcotry? You are in over your head.
  3. Courtneyc


    Dec 6, 2003
    Before you start, XP must be Professional only, and Vista must be either Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate.

    The home versions (or Media Center XP) cannot connect to a domain.

    Setting up an Active Directory domain isn't as easy as you may think. It requires setting up DNS first, then installing and activating Active Directory.

    Networks are not as easy as they used to be.

  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    What do you hope to accomplish by running Server 2008 there? I suspect you'd be MUCH better off with something like Windows Home Server if you really feel the need for a server in your environment.
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