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Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 06-10-2004 17:38 job certianly just got more...uhh...interesting. I have spent the last couple of weeks designing the framework structure for a Windows 2000 active directory schema, tkaing into account everything that is possible of what my employers want, and also preparing contingencies to account for scalability later on. All carefully documented, checked and double checked...and now I've hit a snag.

As I've probably told a number of people in the past, I have to hook a windows 2000 domain into Windows XP terminals. Very possible to do, just no tthe easiest thing in the world to get functioning the way I want it to. However, last monday I found out that 9 out of 10 pcs at my workplace are running XP Home edition. This bothered me then, but I didn't know why...I knew it had something to do with something I'd read while researching setting up Active Directory.

This evening I found the answer. This one simple innocuous line which has blown my 1 day setup and testing project into the realms of shittiness.

We do not recommend using Windows XP Home on any kind of professional network setup as Windows XP Home is unable to become a member of a domain.

Aaaah...crap thought I.

So now i have to convince my employers to buy 23 licences for Windows XP Pro, and I have ot arrange the after-hours time ot install it on all the machines.

I do have one question, hoping i can find the answer to it here instead of having to navigate the hellish maze that is Microsoft Support it possible to upgrade WIndows XP Home to XP pro..and, if so, is it advisable, from a security and stability point of view?

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: the space between us
Insane since: Sep 2002

posted posted 06-10-2004 17:43

i think there is even an upgrade from home to pro....i am not sure though.

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 06-12-2004 08:25

*Skaarjj wanders off to begin his navigation of the maze*

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Swansea, Wales, UK
Insane since: Aug 2001

posted posted 06-12-2004 14:26

In short yes you can upgrade from Home to Pro, security issues are not a problem, as long as you make sure that you inplement the needed MS patches.

You might find these an interesting read.

Link 1
Link 2

Moon Shadow
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Rouen, France
Insane since: Jan 2003

posted posted 06-13-2004 17:37

I've searched with Google about this upgrade. What I've found isn't very enticing : most of the people who used the upgrade experienced stability problems.

You may want to read ZDNet opinion especially :
"We have had no success upgrading any computers with XP Home preinstalled to XP Pro."

So, hem, good luck Skaarjj.

If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.

(Edited by Moon Shadow on 06-13-2004 17:51)

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 06-14-2004 13:36

/me cries

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