Why Does My SBS 2008 Premium Second Server Display as a Client Computer?

Why Does My SBS 2008 Premium Second Server Display as a Client Computer?

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[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Kim Oehmichen]

You may notice that your SBS 2008 Premium 2nd Server (Standard Server) and other servers in your domain display as Client computers in the SBS console.  This can cause issues with the application of group policies and WSUS patch approvals. This issue is displayed below:


This occurs because when you join a machine to the SBS domain the SBS server automatically places the machine account into the SBSComputers OU.  The client computers list is built from this OU.  To correct this issue you must move your server(s) to the SBSServers OU.  You can right-click the computer object and choose move as seen below:


Note: Domain controllers MUST remain in the Domain Controllers OU.

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  • If you watch it on 2003, exactly the same happens but then a few minutes later it is automatcally moved to server OU ( on 2008 servers anyway )

    Could be a bit of forgotten programming...lol

  • I'm very surprised, and wondering why this behavior was changed. It seems to me SBS2003 was  able to do this correctly all by itself?

  • So, there is an error, will it be fixed or will we have to remember this issue 18 months down the road ?

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