Network shares with domain/workgroup mix?

June 16, 2011 at 03:38:40
Specs: Windows Server 2008, 1.6ghz
Currently my network is set up so all machines are on the same workgroup.

The server (Server 2008) is also part of this workgroup and has shares set up to only allow access if a client PC is logged in as the same user/password as the server uses.

I want to set up a domain on the server so I can install Exchange, but if I do this, will my Workgroup PC's lose access to the server shares?


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#1
June 16, 2011 at 06:13:12
Join the clients to the domain & forget about the work group.

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#2
June 16, 2011 at 07:08:01
I'm a little cautious about doing that. I wouldn't want it to bottleneck everything else. Everything currently goes through my ADSL router which also acts as the DHCP.

If I join them all on a domain, will they still be able to connect to the Internet directly without using the server as a gateway?


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#3
June 16, 2011 at 07:22:53
Just because you join a domain does not mean you are routing to the internet thru the server.
You do need to know how to configure the dns server correctly since all clients need to point to the domain dns server for dns.
Router as gateway remains.
Once you convert to a domain pcs will lose access to the shares.
You will need to join the pcs to the domain and setup the shares/users accounts/rights again.

Might want to practice on a test server first.

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June 16, 2011 at 07:41:19
Still unsure about relying on a server for logging into everything, considering it's only a little nettop. If it fails and I need to change the clients back to workgroup, is that something that can be done easily?

Also, if I change my laptop to a domain and take it away somewhere, how do I log in then?


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#5
June 16, 2011 at 09:21:35
you logon locally using cached credencials.

if considering a domain consider Small Business Server which comes with exchange and much more.

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