Join/create domain without server in window XP Pro

Gigabyte Ga-8ipe1000-g motherboard
February 24, 2012 at 00:28:57
Specs: Window Xp professional SP3, Intel ® Pentium ® 4 CPU 2.8 GHz
Dear All,
Our HQ use CentOS to control domain, If we want to join domain very easy. - But at the remote side they got laptops with window xp professional, dlink sharedrive. - But don't have server for keep domain. They have 6 laptop is inside (dm1) & sharedrive is inside workgroup (wk1) - Currently I can join workgroup (eg. wk1) then I map the sharefolders to network drive. When finish I also join workgroup again with (dm1) then I can see other computers.
But the problem is I cannot join domain, I want to be using (dm2) as domain. Because of I want to set admin, standard, power users etc .. Then I type inside domain (dm2) but they say cannot join domain. someone can help me please ? Thanks.

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February 24, 2012 at 04:44:28
A domain needs a server. Without a server there can be no domain to connect to.

Having said that, I'm not exactly clear what you are asking.

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February 24, 2012 at 17:59:16

I want to do like above link, please check.

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February 24, 2012 at 23:25:07
You've already said that you want to join a domain, which is all that link is about. But, at the risk of repeating myself, you can't join a domain without having a domain to join. That means that you need a Domain Controller running on a server.

It's a bit like saying "I want to run a computer program without having a computer.". Can't be done.

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February 26, 2012 at 01:14:43
Actually I am the new person to handover the job. Before me the IT guy create it. I don't know how to follow him. One I suspect is he create in HQ and bring the laptop to remote site? HQ can using domain (eg. domain1), remote site using workgroup (eg.domain1). Another one is local domain, create domain inside xp pro. Means fake domain. Please advice.

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March 1, 2012 at 04:55:32
If you don't have network connectivity to the same network where the Domain Controller resides, then you can't join the Domain.

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