frobozz - 8:43 pm on Jun 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
I seriously considered going the domain route, but that's just tremendous overkill for my needs. From what I've seen, the power of domains comes with incredible complexity, and I just don't need all the extra work and headaches.
I got everything working weeks ago. Turns out WHS's Launchpad app is just fluff -- not necessary at all. All client systems still see the server just fine, and I've created all the users and passwords, and set all the granular permissions I wanted. Everything is working perfectly.
(There is one quirk -- when users on client machines right-click on a mapped network drive, they still see the capacity pie-chart and the checkboxes for indexing and compression. I was appalled at this gaping security hole, but after some testing it appears that users cannot actually change these values. Attempts to do so generate an error. Such controls shouldn't even be visible to users in the first place, but as long as they can't be changed, I'm satisfied for now.)