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Does adding a computer to a domain change it's path?


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#1 ascoredhat

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:38 AM

I have a computer on my network that I realize looking inside the network neighborhood was never "officially" added to the domain, and yet it is part of the network as I've been able to share it's printer with all the other computers on the network. It is XP Pro, same as the other computers.

I recently added a computer that has Win 7 Pro to the network and domain, but when I try to get it to find and add the printer of the subject computer, I can't get the Add a Printer section to find it. All the other computers were able to find its printer without it being part of the domain, so I'm thinking that maybe the XP Pro has a Add a Printer wizard that can find other XP Pro computers in a network even if it's not in a domain, but apparently Win 7 Pro demands that for it to find that computer it MUST be part of the domain.

I guess it won't be that difficult to go to the System Properties and Network ID and let the wizard add it to the domain. My question is, will doing that change the path that the other XP Pro computers currently use to access its printer? I don't want to cut all of them off at the same time I'm making it so the Win 7 Pro computer can find it.

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:05 PM

It should be fine as long as you don't change the computer name
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