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Old 30-07-2004, 08:56   #1
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Windows XP Home - Networking to Windows Server

Right. Apologies for if this is already been asked, but it is quite complicated and is doing my head in.

- Background
The company I work for have a Windows 2000 based server system.
All the work stations are on either Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000.
The new PC I got (for some ungodly reason) shipped with Windows XP Home.

- The Problem
When other computers logon to the network, they seem to 'retrieve' their user information (including mapped network drives) automatically.

My computer cannot, I am restricted to manually mapping and creating user profiles.

I was wondering if there is some setting or other to load user settings off the server and automatically login when a user tries to input their user name.

In an ideal world, it would be a case of the logon screen, input a user that had never logged on before and the PC would get access to the mapped drives, etc automatically.
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Old 30-07-2004, 09:04   #2
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XP Home can't join a domain as far as I know.
One way around it would be to make sure username and password match your domain account, make a batch file with your mapped drives and printers and stick it in the startup folder.
Might work anyways

edit - wouldn't work for new users sorry, just whoever you create local profiles and batch files for.

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Old 30-07-2004, 09:19   #3
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Cheers Francis.

Looks like I am going to have to upgrade to XP Pro, grr... nevermind. Thankyou anyway.
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The end of this college guide seems to suggest mapped drives do work Try what it says to see if it does what you need, but I've a feeling it'll list the drives in my computer as offline unless the user opens them.
Near sure a customer used XP Home temporarily on a PC and their apps didn't work (they used the network drives) until the user opened explorer and double clicked each drive.
Ideally though, yeah you'd be better off with XP Pro so it can log onto the domain with a profile

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Cheers again Francis, we're currently trying to get PCWorld to give us XP Pro as a freebie. Seeing as it's not going to run at its full potential without XP Pro, they should really, they should have shipped it with XP Pro anyways too it's a P4 with HyperThreading which wouldn't work correctly, I think, without Pro.

(The fact we got 3 years of 'business cover' should help too... you'd think.)
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yup home wont work with domains.
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