MCE 2005 Can not join a domain issues

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Richard Hissong, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. I'm building a bunch of MCE 2005 machines and found out the hard way that
    they cannot be a member of a domain, is there a MCE server in the works? I
    have created a 2003 standard x64 server to handle the DVD library and have a
    few issues there, the MCE 2005 machine seems to not want to remember the user
    ID and password when connecting the 2003 x64 which I am currently using in a
    workgroup mode.

    Also, in the MCE 2005 machines, when I add the folders of "My Videos" on the
    x64 2003 server, the movies work and play great, but I would like to use
    ..bmp's created from the cover art of the original DVD cases, is there a way
    to change how the folders appear in MCE 2005?
    Richard Hissong, Mar 15, 2006
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  2. Richard Hissong

    Pete Delgado Guest

    They can indeed join a domain, but the only opportunity to join the domain
    exists at the time that you install the operating system. This requires a
    NIC that is recognized by the O/S.

    You could also do the hack that exists on web site, but
    it is not supported by MS. It does give you the opportunity to join a
    domain after the OS has been installed.
    MCE disables cached credentials. There are solutions such as logon scripts,
    but unless you are a developer or system administrator it's a pain in the
    Most people have been using the My Movies plugin
    to view them within MCE. I typically manage the properties of the folder
    and use a film-reel icon from MovieMaker to show that the folder contains a
    movie. In that manner, when browsing the file system in explorer, it's
    easier to see what the files are.

    Pete Delgado, Mar 15, 2006
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  3. Pete, Thanks,

    I had heard that same advice, join at instalation, sans the proper nic, so I
    re-installed to no avail. What nic is recognized without a driver?

    I am "god help me" the system administrator...

    I will try My Movies plugin.
    Richard Hissong, Mar 15, 2006
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    Pete Delgado Guest

    There are specific nic drivers that are contained within the installation
    image of MCE. If your nic is not supported, I *believe* that you can create
    an image with the driver included by slipstreaming them into your Windows
    image. An example is given for RAID drivers here

    Here's a tool that can be used to accomplish the "nasty" task if you don't
    want to do it manually:

    Good luck!

    Pete Delgado, Mar 15, 2006
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    Jay Brown Guest

    Why not just create a ccount on the windows 2003 machine with the same
    username and password that you are using on your MCE 05 machine? From what
    you described, I see no reason for creating a domain to share media files.
    Jay Brown, Mar 15, 2006
  6. Well, beleive it or not. I've mounted an SBS 2003 server for the family to
    stay connected. Daughter to be able to retrive files and e-mail while at
    school and so on.
    When I saw how cool MCE 2005 handled the entertainment side, I was planning
    to use them as workstations on that network. The best of both worlds.
    However, knowing that sharepoint can be a pain in the butt for the
    un-anointed sometimes, I guess I feel that a workgroup in association with
    the SBS 2003 ain't such a bad thing.

    Having one sourse for your DVD's and other video on demand is a wonderful
    thing. I hope to find a workout to organize and display the original case
    graphics with out droping 25k for the Kaleidesope Media server...
    Richard Hissong, Mar 15, 2006
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    Noozer Guest

    Realtek based cards (8139 is the 100 mBit chip)
    Noozer, Mar 16, 2006
  8. Richard Hissong

    Jay Brown Guest

    You can enable a MCE 05 machine to join a domain by using the instructions
    on the following link If this
    doesn't work do a Google search for "IsLegacyMCE". However, this is not a
    supported configuration change. You also will not be able to use extenders
    if you join a domain.

    From what you described, you still don't need to the workstations to be part
    of the domain to do use Exchange,ISA, or any other thing. You just need
    duplicate accounts with the same passwords (there are other ways to do this
    as well, but require a bit more work).. Yes I know its not something you
    would ever want to do in a office but for a small home network it will work
    just fine. I have setup both scenarios and they work the same...

    SBS 03 is a phenomenal product for the money!!
    Jay Brown, Mar 16, 2006
  9. Hmm, sounds interesting. You wouldn't need extenders if you are using a MCE
    PC at every TV, right? I will try this.
    You would think there would be an MCE version of the SBS for the home, but I
    guess there are not that many idiot's like me out there that would buy one...
    Richard Hissong, Mar 27, 2006
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