XP as Domain Controller ?

6 בספטמבר 2007

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Well… Not really. But here is a nice tidbit:

1) Create a share called SYSVOL on an XP box

2) Try to unshare the directory you shared as SYSVOL.

3) You will get a nice warning stating:

"This share is required for the machine to act properly as a domain controller. Removing it will cause a loss of functionality on all clients that this domain controller serves. Are you sure you wish to stop sharing SYSVOL?"

Here is a screenshot:

 

But do not worry – unsharing SYSVOL on XP will not break your AD. My guess is that this is a direct result of code parts reuse between various versions of Microsoft operating systems, yet it's funny to see XP claiming to be a DC 😉

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  1. erikr8 בספטמבר 2007 ב 0:09

    Errrmm…Why did you create such a share on an XP machine???
    😉

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  2. guyt8 בספטמבר 2007 ב 14:08

    I was checking how easy would it be to convince some 3rd party app to treat XP as a DC 😉
    I managed to get over the SYSVOL part and failed at LDAP. I guess I could install multiple instances of AD/AM to listen on LDAP and GC ports, but did not bother to do it.

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  3. ליאור צורף25 בספטמבר 2007 ב 14:42

    Hi Guy,

    Did you get the invitation to bloggers event @ Microsoft on October 8th?
    If not, please contact me at http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/liorz/contact.aspx

    We'd love to see you there!

    Lior

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