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 Post subject: Windows Server 2008 questions....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:08 pm 
Willamette
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I went back to the local community college to get a networking certificate recently (using both Windows and Linux). Anyway, I get a student copy of windows Server 2008 to use at home for various class exercises, etc. I was told by my instructor that I can use the program on a computer in my home for personal use only during the program (which runs for about 2 years if I do both Linux Admin and the Windows portion + the networking portion, about a total of 8 to 10 classes in all).

Anyway, to my question... I have a Windows 7 Pro computer and a laptop with Win7 Home. I know the Win7 Pro computer can connect to servers running WinServer 2008 without a problem, but what about computers running Windows 7 Home Premium? I don't care much about roaming profiles or things like that. I just want to be able to create a small true client-server network using what I have (basically to the point, I don't want to have to buy Win7 Pro for the laptop if I don't need to).

The purpose of me doing this is to practice what I've learned in the courses, at home, for my own personal use, and also I would like to have a small network in my home so I can access files from any computer in my home.

Suggestions or opinions? What about Windows XP Pro computers... can they work with Server 2008? (I am keeping one for testing purposes but would like to be able to use the network from the XP computer as well if possible... if not, oh well). And finally, can Windows 2008 Server be configured to be a media-server (ie. work with DLNA devices, or other "media" devices like Playstation 3s, etc).


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Server 2008 questions....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:53 am 
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win 7 pro can join domains as can win 7 ultimate but starter / premium can not


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Server 2008 questions....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:48 pm 
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You should still be able to access the network shares, regardless if the machine is joined to the domain or not. There are some management things you wouldn't be able to do though (i.e. tell it to run a login script, or lock it down with a group policy)...well, without at least sitting at the machine and gaining an admin priv somehow.

You would need to create a user account on your DC and when this rogue machine (your Win 7 Home machine) tried to access the share, the individual would need to provide the account and password (created on the DC) when challenged


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What about Windows XP Pro computers... can they work with Server 2008?


The accounts are not OS specific, so it doesn't matter what OS you're running, you could still log into the domain so long as you have an account there...although MS OSes will play a little better over say OS X or Linux.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Server 2008 questions....
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:53 pm 
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What stage are you in regarding learning Server 2008? Basically when you create a user account it does not matter what OS is being used assuming we are taling about Windows 2000 -Windows 7. There are a few ways to go about creating a use account. One is by using Active Directory Users and Computers, (ADUC) which is the graphical interace and another is using the dsadd scripts. For example lets say you wanted to create a user named Paul Fisher you would create the following in the command prompt.

dsadd user "CN=Paul Fisher, OU=NY, OU=Locations, DC=Curel, dc=local" -samid pfisher -pwd P@ssw0rd -fn Paul -ln Fisher

The dsadd user is the beginning of the script. OU= NY and OU=Locations are two Orgizational units which were created. NY goes first because the child always goes before the parent. The first CN=Paul.... has " marks because there is a space between Paul and Fisher. If the name was say Paul_Fisher then there would be no quotes. DC= is the domain name and the DC=local is the domain type. It could be local, com, net, etc... There are a million more switchs you can use such as members of -disable. 99% of the time you will be using ADUC but the dsadd or dsmod commands are good to know.

Sever 2008 just as in 2003 there are different types of servers. You have your domain controllers, member servers otherwise know as a stand alone server. To add your server as a domain controller you'll use the dcpromo command. When your computer is added to the as a domain controller it will have all 5 FSMO roles. These roles can be transfered or seized as more domain conttrollers are added.


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