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#1 tahoett

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 04:14 PM

I was just told by a computer place that any pro or ultimate version of Windows 7, 8 or 10 can be a domain controller.  I know that you can install the admin tools, but I've NEVER(until today) heard from anyone ever that a workstation OS can be a DC.


Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 01 July 2016 - 05:48 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Networking.


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 08:47 PM

Perhaps they're thinking of the windows browser service which maintains a list of computers on the network. This comes into play when you browse network resources. In a windows domain network, this function is handled by active directory server. On a non-domain network or windows workgroup the master browser service  can be enabled to handle this function



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Posted 01 July 2016 - 10:57 PM

Someone is confused as to what a domain controller does.  I have read of a way to hack a workstation OS to act as a Server but you would be better off with *nix and a samba server than doing that if you want reliability.

 

Browsing is a NetBIOS/netbeui name resolution function.  In tcp/ip its dns or broadcasts that does the same function.

 

The other aspect to consider is Microsoft$ wouldn't be able to charge boocoo bucks for server versions [and the varied aspects of licensing] if being able to make a workstation a DC.

 

There is a lot of free information out there.  You need to be discerning.



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Posted 01 July 2016 - 11:35 PM

Someone is confused as to what a domain controller does.  I have read of a way to hack a workstation OS to act as a Server but you would be better off with *nix and a samba server than doing that if you want reliability.

 

Browsing is a NetBIOS/netbeui name resolution function.  In tcp/ip its dns or broadcasts that does the same function.

 

The other aspect to consider is Microsoft$ wouldn't be able to charge boocoo bucks for server versions [and the varied aspects of licensing] if being able to make a workstation a DC.

 

There is a lot of free information out there.  You need to be discerning.

 

I flat out don't think that it's even possible.  I'm thinking that this guy has a case of the dummies.  I sent him an email & told him that I'd love to swing by and see it in action(lol).






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