Friday, June 5, 2009

Adding Windows Home Server to a Domain

Follow the following steps to successfully add a WHS box to a Windows Server 2003 managed domain:

  1. Remote into your WHS box using the username "administrator" and the password you created when you set up the box.
  2. After logging into the box, right click "My Computer" and click on "Properties".
  3. Select the "Computer Name" tab.
  4. Click the "Change..." button next to "To rename this computer or join a domain, click Change".
  5. Click the "More..." button.
  6. Uncheck the "Change primary DNS suffix when domain membership changes" checkbox.
  7. Select the "Domain:" radio button.
  8. Enter your domain name.
  9. Click the "OK" button.
  10. Enter in the domain controller's Administrator account user name and password to join the domain.
  11. Restart the WHS box.
  12. You are now part of the domain.
Various notes:

  • Your firewall settings might have been changed during this process. If you are attempting to share files and printers you will want to make sure that the exception for such services is checked in your firewall settings.
  • If you are sharing files across subnets you will want to make sure you change the scope of the "File and Printer Sharing" exception to allow the associated subnets (I just set mine to any).
  • You might want to disable the SBCore service after doing this (some people on the forums have stated that it causes issues). You can do this by:
    1. Click on the "Start Menu".
    2. Select "Run...".
    3. Type "services.msc" and click "OK".
    4. Find the SBCore Services service and right click on it.
    5. Select "Properties".
    6. Click on the "Log On" tab.
    7. Select "Profile 1" from the hardware profiles.
    8. Click the "Disable" button.
    9. Click the "Apply" button.
    10. Restart the WHS box.
  • I never got the WHS connector to run on boxes that were on a different subnet. I really didn't try too hard as I really didn't need that functionality (I'm just sharing folders for a bigger server to utilize).
Hope this helps.

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