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    can i do this??

    hello folks. our server is win 2003 and xp pro workstations, my question is can i add a laptop that has vista home on it to the network so updates can be installed.

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    ...yes

    it can be added to the domain, however if you want to do any administration through group policy you'll need to install the 2008 admin templates.

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    dang, my mistake, I should read the OPs thoroughly

    add a laptop that has vista home on it

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    but do we always believe microsoft. if you can add it then obviously a money thing for microsoft to say that.

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    i am under the illusion that most of the network functions in home basic are disabled, but you should be able to use the network to supply an internet connection for updates.

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    well, its the same as xp home and pro, the only reason to buy pro was to get domain access.


    However, if you just wanted to get internet access that would be possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    ...yes

    it can be added to the domain, however if you want to do any administration through group policy you'll need to install the 2008 admin templates.

    Mike
    so how is it added then as there is not a option to rename or join a domain??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    dang, my mistake, I should read the OPs thoroughly



    You can't add vista home to a domain. Domino corrected his mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeymike View Post
    hello folks. our server is win 2003 and xp pro workstations, my question is can i add a laptop that has vista home on it to the network so updates can be installed.
    Are you talking about Windows updates? If so, why not just plug it directly into the switch that sits behind your gateway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeymike View Post
    so how is it added then as there is not a option to rename or join a domain??
    ive just simply put in a network cable and presto can get on the net but ye no shared network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeymike View Post
    ive just simply put in a network cable and presto can get on the net but ye no shared network.
    Not sure about Windows Vista, but with Windows XP Home you could authenticate to a single domain at a time - i.e. you couldn't have your XP Home machine managed by a domain controller, but you could get your PC to connect to network-based shared folders, as long as you only connected to folders controlled by one domain at a time. In other words, you could get a teacher's home laptop and mount a network drive to point to a shared folder on your network.

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    its just for updates so thnx for the suggestions anyways

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    You cannot add XP home to a domain. I just bought an Asus EeePC and discovered I can connect to the network and access my home drive (h by mapping a drive to it but the whole point of home is that most normal people do not need to login to a domain at home. A lot of the networking functionality is simply not there in XP Home. Never buy school machines with XP Home on unless you plan to use a select agreement or school agreement license to upgrade to pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeymike View Post
    hello folks. our server is win 2003 and xp pro workstations, my question is can i add a laptop that has vista home on it to the network so updates can be installed.
    your better off just setting it up to connect to ms updates.

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