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  • Do I install software on desktop before or after joining a domain?

    I have 20 Desktops XP/SP3 and am going to add them to a Windows 2003 domain.
    My questions is...
    Should i install all the software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader etc. before i add them to the domain
    OR
    Should i add them to the domain as soon as i boot into windows and then start installing all the peripheral software

    Does it matter?

    Thanks in Advance
    Eddie

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    Re: Do I install software on desktop before or after joining a domain?

    Generally it does not matter, however, its recommended to connect the PC to domain right after the the installation of the operating system in order to get the domain group policy settings first.
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    • #3
      Re: Do I install software on desktop before or after joining a domain?

      Simple reply for me : It does not matter.

      I never got any software installation issue because I installed it after joining the domain. If we should do that, a update deployment would be like hell

      "Like remove all the computer out of the domain, install the update and put it every single one back in the domain ..."
      From the land of the rising sun ...

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