A simple question that I couldn't find an answer to through Google search - can Windows Server (some recent version) join a homegroup?

  • Wasn't the concept of a Homegroup was introduced in Windows 7/Windows 2008 R2 anyways? Considering Windows 2012 has not been released its a little early for this question. – Ramhound Aug 20 '12 at 12:09
  • It was introduced with Windows 7. I don't know if it's also supported in 2008 R2. WS2012 has reached the RTM state and there has been a RC which usually means the software is feature complete (or very near to that). So if anyone tried that, they could possibly answer this question. – Borek Bernard Aug 20 '12 at 12:25
  • If you have access to the software I would just test it. Based on N_Lindz answer and supported article, it sounds like Homegroup is likely a Windows 7/Windows 8 only feature, and not supported by the Windows Server versions. Windows Home Server ( 2011 ) is more a home user Windows version then business class which is the reason its supported. – Ramhound Aug 20 '12 at 13:50

From what I’ve been able to find online it looks like the ability to join Homegroups is limited to Windows 7 (and newer) and Windows Home Server (2011).

This site states that “Homegroups aren’t available on Windows Server 2008 R2.”

Unfortunately I can’t seem to find any Microsoft sites that state if homegroups are available in Windows Server 2012.

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