Vista Premium to Join domain

By Cabanas$ ·

I would like to ask for some help with Windows Vista Premium and the impossibility to join a Domain.

I am following the steps in the "guide to secure wireless networking" to enable RADIUS on server 2003 using AD.

My problem is that I would like to join one of my clients to the Domain but it seems pretty dificult because Vista Premium according to Microsoft is a dedicated multimedia centre for home users and does not have the services for joining a Domain.

Would be possible some help pls?


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Cannot do

by oldbaritone In reply to Vista Premium to Join dom ...

Vista Home Premium cannot be joined to a Domain - none of the Home versions can.

You need to upgrade.

You can, however, create put the Vista in the same workgroup as the domain name, and many of the sharing functions work.

But for full domain functionality, you need a Business version of the software

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Microsoft solution not very clear

by Cabanas$ In reply to Cannot do

Many thanks for your reply.

As I mention before I am trying to join the Domain to enable secure wireless LAN with RADIUS and self-assigned digital certificates.

Microsoft posted on TechNet with the title "Joining a Windows Vista Wireless client to a Domain" by Joe Davies.

This article seems to bring light to the problem but when followed I tend to stumble because Vista Premium does not reflect those steps at some point in the process.

If you would like to have a quick read and perhaps give me your views I would very much appreciate.


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Yes you are correct here Vista Premium doesn't have those steps

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Microsoft solution not ve ...

That is because it was never designed to be added to a domain just a Workgroup. If you want/need to add a Vista System to a Domain you need a higher version like Business or Ultimate.

See here for the full description of the different versions of Vista


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Thank you

by Cabanas$ In reply to Yes you are correct here ...

Thanks to all for taking the time to answer my question.



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Your Welcome EOM

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Thank you

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