Saturday, 23 October 2010

How To Connect The Tega v2 To SBS 2008/v7

One of the requirements for a machine to connect to an SBS 2008 or SBS v7 network is a physical network connection.

A wireless connection does not come up fast enough for the various tasks that the SBS Setup Wizard needs to accomplish when preparing a device.

In the case of the Tega v2, the wireless NIC does not come up until _after_ logging into the OS. So, our first attempt to join our SBS v7 domain failed. The SBS Setup Wizard requires a connection to SBS during the setup procedures.

Since we have two USB ports on the Tega v2 we dropped in on one of our local suppliers and picked up an USB to RJ45 network adapter that has no real indication of manufacturer other than SR1600 on the driver install.

Once the driver was installed we cleaned up the bits and pieces of the previous SBS Connect attempt and re-ran the wizard from the http://connect site.

We set the tablet up for the users that may need to use it and it ran through and configured everything without a hiccup.

A few things that should be a part of any Tega v2 setup on an SBS 2008/v7 domain:

  • USB to RJ45 NIC adapter for a physical connection to the network.
  • USB flash drive with the required install applications.

The second is due to the fact that while the built-in wireless is okay for day to day needs it is rather slow for throughput. So, we put our needed apps on a USB flash drive and ran them from there.

This device is _neat_!

Other than a bit of a learning curve to use it without a keyboard, it will be set up to do exactly the same things that we do with our workstations and laptops.

So, essentially out of the box with the same amount of configuration that goes into any other Windows 7 device we have a fully functional system that allows us to do pretty much anything we would need to do while on the road in an amazingly small form factor.

Too kewl! :D

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

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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2 comments:

Rusty said...

Hey, Philip keep up the posts on the Tega v2. My is build but not shipped as of the 19th. Interested in your comment on the keyboard, can you expand? Rusty

Philip Elder SBS MVP said...

Rusty,

They will keep coming.

So far, so good. It will be nice to not have to tote the Boehueemuth (Tecra S10) around with me as the Tega v2 will do everything I need in a pinch.

Philip