There’s always been something a little “hit and miss” about Microsoft Workgroup Networking. If the tides are right, if the lunar cycle is correct and you’re wearing compatible trousers, Workgroup networking might just work. This is why I run a Windows Server Domain at home and aside from the f*cking Mac (not mine, my dad’s), it’s reliable and flawless.
The Xbox 360 doesn’t recognize Domains, so it’s back to the Ouija-board world of Workgroup networking! This is not a universal guide and is presented “as is”. I do not guarantee that this will work for you, however, all steps outlined here are innocuous and entirely reversible, so you’ve nothing to lose by giving it a go. I set this up with Vista Ultimate, but I believe it will also work with Vista Home Premium and XP MCE 2005, or indeed anything that works with the latest revision of Media Centre Extender devices. It doesn’t work, feel free not to email me about it. Also, this is a power-user guide. I assume you know the fundamentals of Windows, Windows Media Player and basic Windows networking. Here we go…
Iâ€™ve been around PCs all my life and Iâ€™m an avid Windows enthusiast. I used to work in IT, but now simply enjoy it as a hobby; however I do still take an interest in the industry. Iâ€™m a compulsive tinkerer and have probably re-installed my machine more times than many normal people have switched theirs on. Iâ€™m a novice XBOX 360 gamer, mostly playing a mixture of driving and platform games, which I mostly suck at, possibly with the exception of Ridge Racer 6, which I simply donâ€™t have the time to play enough of. I enjoy all things tech, and am a big fan of Leo Laporte and his â€œTwitâ€ network. I have a soft spot for high-tech in small packages and still miss the Minidisc, just because it was so damn cool. Iâ€™m also a bit of a retro / nostalgia junkie and still have 20 year-old copies of C+VG magazine which I thumb through from time to time. Outside of Tech, I like SCUBA diving and playing the Didgeridoo (no, not at the same time) and I run a Didgeridoo club with my dad.