Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:32 AM
I have a question on Windows Server 2012 Essentials that as usual I seem can’t glean from the hype of Microsoft press releaseses
Windows server 2012 Essentials does support of Windows XP. System requirements state that Windows XP is not supported, or it is not listed as a supported OS. From what I have learnt XP clients can join the domain, so if it is a case of functionally, what is missing for XP?
Thanks in advance
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:37 AMYou can't install the Connector software so none of that functionality is available.
Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:39 PM
What this means is that while you can join Windows XP computers to the domain you can't:
- Use the Connect script, and thus retain an existing user profile if you're going from a WorkGroup to a Domain - your domain users will get new profiles on the XP PCs and you'll need to manually migrate desktop, documents etc.
- Manage the computers from the Windows 2012 Dashboard. You can still manage them through Active Directory.
- Take backups of the XP computers from the server.
You'll also want to install the Group Policy Client Side Extenstions on the XP computer to get group policy to work correctly.
I've got an environment running with 2012 essentials and a mix of XP, Vista, 7 and 8 PCs and it all works fine once you're used to not seeing the computers listed in the Dashboard.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:18 PMMissing for XP (Pro)...Folder redirection and other Group Policies will not be applied to XP machinesXP computers will not show in DashboardXP computers will not back up automatically to the Client Backup Folders on the serverNo Access Anywhere (remotely controlling) XP machines in the domain<Other stuff>So, as Phil said, without the Connector, you lose a lot of functionality. There may be ways around some of these deficiencies, but they would have to be done manually for the XP machines.
Merv Porter [SBS-MVP]
- Marked As Answer by MIS5000 Friday, February 15, 2013 9:37 AM
Friday, February 15, 2013 9:36 AMMany thanks all!
Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:54 AMThis is is helpful; however I can't seem to join the domain manually due to ..."error joining joining domain, account disabled". Any ideas?