Of course this is very unsupported and I bet MS would laugh at you if you called and complained that something didn't work right, but if I ever run MCE, I know it's going to be a member of a Domain.. whether a real AD domain or a Samba domain. I even left in the Google search markups since I'm in a hurry
Trolled from the SBS/MCE newsgroups from 'Stu':
As with everything like this - BE CAREFUL. I have done this and it does work, although I now have a dedicated server for 3 MCE boxes on their own workgroup - so I don't use it anymore.
Also, be aware of issues if you use My Documents redirection in SBS. In that case, I would consider not using redirection, or using TweakUI to change your MCE box's My Music etc... locations. Otherwise, the poor SBS box will be syncing your music library, video library and photo library all the time. Not too efficient if the library is big!
Good luck and let us know how you do.
Here's the hack:
Insert Windows XP CD.
Start > Run > X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons (replace X: with the appropiate drive letter)
Acknowledge prompt by clicking 'Yes'.
Skip updating process by clicking 'Cancel' or by pressing 'Esc'
After installation, acknowledge success msg. by clicking 'Ok'
Start > Shutdown > Restart
At boot menu, select 'Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'
Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press 'Enter' (If prompted, enter Administrator password and press 'Enter')
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'cd system32\config'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'copy SYSTEM C:\'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: exit
At boot menu, select 'Windows XP Media Center Edition'
Thanks for the walkthough Aaron. I'm still having trouble adding my node to the domain. I'm trying to connect to a Win 2k3 Server with no luck. Keep getting the message that the domain i'm trying to connect is not available.
has anyone else had this problem or found a solution? I'm also try to connect to a Win 2k3 server and getting the domain not found error. I'm wondering if its related to the AD tools missing in the administration menu...
I've done this for many new builds - However in case where you have newer Chipsets and SATA Raids the Recovery console will blue screen on you (BSOD) this is because the cmdcons folder dosent have the right drivers to load the drive, in these cases I Use UBC4WIN ("google it"or other bootable cd run OS) and copy the file system as nessecary
Is there anyway you could go into more detail of how to use the UBC4WIN CD to copy the file system as nessesary to get the Recovery console to stop blue screening (BSOD)! I don't know what to do to get past step 7. At boot memo select Recovery console. Thanks,
heyy.....i've got a toshiba qosmio laptop.........n i m continuously getting the BSOD saying the unavailable hard disk.........in BIOS there is no option to disable native SATA..........plzzz tell me how can i get rid of BSOD??
I did the same as your but failed as installation the winnt32.exe, it required they XP CD key, I entered the key (genuine key) but it did not agreed. Could you please help me more about it? I am using Toshiba laptop model A105-S4014.
If you are having problems getting into the recovery console, get your Windows XP CD-ROM or a Win2K3 CD-ROM and boot from it. From there you have a chance of getting into the Recovery Console. Hope my tip helped!
Worked easily. My network card came up disabled for some reason, and the join to domain gave a 'no controller found' error. Enabled the NIC, and then redid, and it worked effortlessly to my SBS 2003 r2.
Just wondering if there is a simlar workaround for Windows 7 Media Center. At one time I had my Vista Media Center working in the domain.. and the upgrade to 7 kept it there. But now I have a fresh MC install, and I can't get it to work.