I was wondering is it posible to join windows xp clients on an windows 2008 domain. If yes what are the benefites or negative sides of this.

The problem is that i have about 100 users. 80 of them have windows xp and about 20 have windows 7. I dont know should i install domain on windows 2003 r2 or windows 2008.

Sory for bad english.


Windows XP will work just fine with Windows 2008, with no real problems or special considerations.

The only thing I would say is that both are old operating systems now, XP in particular, and I'd suggest that time and money invested in expanding a network based on either system right now instead of upgrading to something more modern is a bad investment, but there's no technical issue here.

The same argument applies to creating a Windows 2003 domain and joining Windows 7 clients to it - It'll work just fine, but Windows 2003 is a poor investment of time at this point for the same reason XP is.

  • Aha, ok. 1 more question, from the windows 7 side, if i make 2003 domain can i join windows 7 systems and what are the negative side of that. – super duper Nov 26 '13 at 8:31
  • I modified my answer to talk about Windows 2003 DCs @superduper - essentially the same issue as Windows XP with regards to being a poor use of time imho, but no technical issues. – Rob Moir Nov 26 '13 at 9:32

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