workgroup to domain change questions

December 13, 2010 at 09:07:38
Specs: Windows XP

this is a first for me, but the LAN is getting big enough that I think I need to change to a domain.

Before I do, a couple questions. All users are on XP, server is 2003 server, I also have a couple linux file servers. The 2003 server serves Peachtree and ACT.

1) Will the Peachtree and ACT performance be adversely affected by switching to a domain? As I understand it, all users will be going to the server for everything, not just PT and ACT as it is now.

2) What does a person do with Samba and domain? Can all users still get to the linux boxes?

3) Anything else I should be aware of or worried about with the switch?

thanks very much for any help

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December 14, 2010 at 07:16:13
Applications should not be affecting if the pc is a member of a domain or not.

Having a domain does not mean that clients 'go to the server for everything'. In fact, the only thing they go to the server for is for authentication. The don't go there for application unless you've setting something up like a shared folder or terminal services, Citrix, or some other means to publish applications from the server.

Samba shares will still work. That authentication is handled by Linux. Linux can query Active Diretory (domain) for authentication.

It sounds like you are pretty new to this. The impact of the clients will be minimal if things are set up correctly. If not, it could get messy. It isn't a difficult thing to do but you might want to talk to a consultant or have one handy in case you run into problems.

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December 20, 2010 at 10:56:21
thanks - i am new to this - have never done it before

i guess i do need to understand better - so the speed of the server will not be affected at all by the domain?

i will have a consultant available, but i want to make sure i want to do this before stepping in

but the benefits, if i am understanding correctly are:

1) increased security - why?

2) increased control with upgrades - why is this if all the users do is authenticate? won't i still have to upgrade the ACT, for example on each computer?

thanks again

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