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What Does "joining A Domain" Mean In Plain English?


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#1 tekchallenged

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 04:01 AM

I am looking at a new laptop and get to choose between Windows XP Pro and Windows Media Centre and I'm reading up on the difference. It seems that Media Centre just has the same and a bit more, but does not let you "join an active directory domain". My eyes started rolling around in my head when I was reading about that - can somebody take pity and give me a short comprehensible explanation? Does it mean I can't network the laptop to my main computer (if I wanted to) or is it something else again? Thanks.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 04:12 AM

A domain is a local area network (LAN) with workstations and servers under the control of one central security server or group of servers. These servers (called controllers) refer to a database that keeps track of users, their passwords, and what they're permitted to access. A domain is a controlled LAN that provides a single login for users to gain access to network resources like file storage and network printing.


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Posted 27 April 2007 - 08:39 AM

"Joining an active domain" would not apply to a home network.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 08:46 AM

"Joining an active domain" would not apply to a home network.

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