Thursday, 12 February 2009

Wired or Wireless for that laptop SBS domain join?

When joining a system to the SBS domain, it is a good idea to use a wired connection versus a wireless one.

In our experience, when we have tried to join a laptop to an SBS domain using a wireless connection we have ended up with some sort of error or corruption of the SBS setup routine on the laptop.

We usually ended up needing to remove the computer profile in the SBS consoles, recreate the new computer profile on SBS 2003, and clean out the mess in the local profiles on the laptop once off the SBS domain.

Once we did that and we had the laptop physically connected to the network, we were able to successfully run the SBS Connect Wizard.

It is a good idea to have an extra cable off of the main network switch in the server closet for this task or at least a small Gigabit switch and some patch cables on hand to share a network connection temporarily.

We keep an 8 port Gigabit switch with all of the requisite patch cables and an APC PRO7T surge protector in the HHR’s boot for this purpose. Having this little kit available is also handy for those times where we need to set up a multiple number of new machines on our client’s SBS domain.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac!

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