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Old 12-16-2006, 10:11 PM   #1
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I just got a Windows Server 2003 box set up on my LAN and am having a problem figuring out how to get Media Center and Active Directory to play freindly.

Now after some googleing I see several people saying that Media Center and AD will not wok together. This really suck!! They say Microsoft has disabled its ability to join an Active Directory domain post install.

Has any one been able to get AD and Media Center to work?

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Old 12-17-2006, 06:36 AM   #2
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Nope, just like XP Home Edition, Media Center Edition can not join a domain. Windows XP Profesional Edition appears to be the only version that can join a domain.
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Although it's true that it's disabled by default, it is still possible to join MCE computers to a domain. I have two Media Center boxes joined to the domain on my network. What you need to do is change the SYSTEM registry key WPA|MedCtrUpg|IsLegacyMCE to a 1 (one). It's a little more complicated than running regedit, but it's still pretty simple to do. Here's how (posted from http://www.combobulate.com/node/18, but I've found it other places as well):

1. Insert any Windows XP CD.
2. Boot to the CD and choose 'Recovery Console'
3. Select the installation to log onto (default: 1) and press
Enter. (Most likely the administrator password will be blank. If
it is not enter the password you set or contact the manufacturer.)
4. Type cd system32\config and press Enter.
5. Type copy SYSTEM c:\ and press Enter.
6. Type exit and press Enter.
7. Boot the PC back into Windows
8. Start > Run > Type: regedit and press Enter.
10. File > Load Hive...
11. Browse and select C:\SYSTEM
12. Specify key name 'TEMP' and click OK.
13. Expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > TEMP > WPA > MedCtrUpg
14. Change the IsLegacyMCE value to 1 and click ok.(one, not an L)
15. Click on TEMP subkey (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE).
16. File > Unload Hive. Confirm.
17. Reboot the PC.
18. Boot into the Recovery Console using the Windows CD again
19. Select the installation to log onto (default: 1) and press
20. Type cd\ and press Enter.
press Enter.(Choose 'yes' to overwrite)
22. Type del SYSTEM and press Enter.
23. Type exit and press Enter.
24. Boot up Windows.
25. The 'Join Domain' option should no longer be grayed
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will this work on vista
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No. Home versions of Windows cannot join a domain. The above works because XP Media Center is XP Pro + Media Center components. The ability to join a domain is already present, just disabled in MCE2005, so just has to be enabled.
Home versions of Windows never had the ability in the first place, so it can't be enabled.
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