Allowing workgroup computer access to domain shares

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Chris, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    I am setting up a SBS server/domain in an office with existing xp machines in
    a workgroup. The new network will have new desktops. Is it possible to
    allow users from the old workstations to copy there files to the new domain
    shares without joining the old machines to the domain?
    Chris, Jul 1, 2008
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  2. Chris

    R Guest

    This passes the password in open text across the lan, but usually no bid
    deal for most people:

    On old workstation:

    Net Use * \\Servername\Sharename /user:domainname\username password

    * will give you next available drive

    username obviously has to be a user with read/write permission to the share.
    R, Jul 1, 2008
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  3. Hello Chirs,

    Thank you for your post and also thanks for Mr. R's input. :)

    My name is Robbin Meng, and it is my pleasure to work with you on this

    Please allow me to confirm that my understandings are correct. As I
    understand it, the issue is:

    You are trying to install a SBS 2003 server into your network. However
    since the old workstations are all in workgroup, you would like to know if
    it is possible to allow users from the old workstations to copy their files
    to the new SBS domain shared folder without joining the old machines to the

    If I have misunderstood your concerns please feel free to let me know.

    Simply, the answer is yes. First, make sure the workstation computer is in
    the same subnet with the SBS domain network or it can be resolved by SBS
    server via network routing. Second, make sure the shared folders on the SBS
    server have NTFS permission and Sharing permission properly configured.
    E.g. Everyone group must has write and modify permission to allow users
    from the old workstations to copy their files into them. However this will
    put the SBS server in unsafe status and I recommend you remove the Everyone
    group after you finish the copy.

    Hope this helps. Also, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not
    hesitate to let me know.

    Thank you for your time and cooperation!

    Best regards,
    Robbin Meng(MSFT)

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