Friday, 6 March 2009

SBS 2008 – Disable or Remove A/V Prior to Running the SBS Connect Wizard

When it comes time to add a new workstation or laptop to the SBS 2008 domain, keep in mind that the SBS Connect Wizard makes a number of critical changes to the system.

These changes happen in the way of software additions such as the new SBS Vista Gadget, local profile configuration, registry changes, and the domain configuration to mention a few.

Because of the nature of these changes, it is a good idea to not have any third party AntiVirus (A/V) products installed or active at the time the SBS Connect Wizard will be used.

Since it is our preference to run a server managed A/V product such as Symantec’s EndPoint Protection MR4 on our SBS 2008 domains, we install the software after the system has been connected to the domain.

If there is an A/V product already installed on the system either remove it in preparation for the SBS domain join, or at least disable it prior to running the SBS Connect Wizard.

We have seen instances where third party A/V products have put up a barrier when the SBS Connect Wizard has been used and thus caused the domain join, local profile configuration, and SBS configuration changes to fail.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

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

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