Configuring Server/Domain

February 16, 2009 at 20:22:38
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.992 GHz / 1022 MB

Diclaimer: I'm computer literate but my experience with servers is close to NULL

Working with a server & router with a handful of local machines running XP Pro. I need to add users to the Domain.

So, do I need to access the server from a local machine using the IP (like I would a router) then use the Admin credentials to access the Administrative Tools offered in Server 2K/2K3?

Or am I completely missing something simple?

Thanks in advance!


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#1
February 17, 2009 at 04:56:07
You're completely missing something. :) XP Home doesn't have the ability to connect to a Domain. What version of Server do you have? Did you set it up as a Domain with AD?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#2
February 17, 2009 at 05:09:51
Thank you for the fast response, however..

I'm not using XP Home, just posting from my private machine. The machines in question are using Xp Professional.

I'm working with a pre-existing Domain & Server. The company I am working for had a consultant set it all up, but we've come to the point where we're expanding and want some minor changes in the Domain.

I happen to be the most technically inclined on the staff and if I can get into the settings I can do what needs to be done NP (that sounds kind of sad lol)

To answer you question though, I'm not sure which version of Server is loaded, all of the local machines are on XP Pro.


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#3
February 17, 2009 at 07:24:43
If you're just adding machines to an existing
domain, and your user account has Domain
admin rights, or you have the Admin account
login you can on the XP Pro Machines select:
START > Control panel > System > "Computer
name" tab then add the client to the domain
by selecting "rename this computer or add to
domain" and type the domain name in the
following screen, it will ask you for
authentication and then create an account for
the machine on the server.

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#4
February 17, 2009 at 08:01:16
Exactly.

And, buy a book. You'll need one.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#5
February 17, 2009 at 08:17:35

Hehe, again, thanks guys/gals for the timely responses. I have previously added machines to the domain without issue.

My problem is Creating an Managing user accounts on the Domain. Which I know about the Administrative Tools options, etc. I read up on how/where to do what I need to do.

It's just that, I simply can't access those Administrative Tools windows from the XP Pro machine, when logging in with the Domain Admin credentials.

So, I was wondering if I had to access the Server via IP to do that? Like I would with a router (just more involved) ?


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#6
February 17, 2009 at 08:19:26
You'll need to install the Admin Tools on your XP Machine. Or, run mmc and add the Active Directory Users and Computers to the console.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#7
February 17, 2009 at 09:23:03

Thanks Jennifer, I will look into those 2 suggestions. It's kinda funny when knowing where to put the first footstep is the biggest issue lol >.<

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