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[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of JoAnn McKimpson from the SBS Marketing Team]
These days, we're all focused on how to do more with less. In this blog, we've covered quite a few ways that you can save time and money by using the great new features included in Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS) 2008 and in Windows 7. Today, we'll focus on how you can use Windows SBS 2008 and Windows 7 Professional to create a network that makes it easy to manage your computers and user accounts.
If you have a small business with only five employees, you could buy a laptop that runs Windows 7 Home Premium for each of your employees and not network them. However, with this setup, you would have to manage each computer separately. Alternatively, if you purchased a laptop that runs Windows 7 Professional for each employee and a Windows SBS 2008 server, you could use Domain Join to add each user to the domain and then manage the entire domain from one intuitive console.
When your users are joined to the domain, you'll get:
As you can see, thanks to Windows SBS 2008 and Windows 7 Professional, Domain Join can drastically ease the pain of connecting computers and devices to your company's domain.
Although you can connect your own computer to the domain manually, adding a computer by using Domain Join saves time and ensures correct setup. Before using Domain Join there are a few prerequisites that must be met. First, make sure you have completed the Internet Connection Wizard and the Internet Address Wizard. Next, make sure that the most recent SBS 2008 Update Rollup, currently Windows SBS 2008 Update Rollup 4 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979454), is installed. Once you’ve installed the update rollup, run the easy-to-use wizards to add a new user account and computer. The user can now join the domain with only the name of the local domain and a valid user account on the domain. The entire process takes only a few minutes.
Let's say you're the IT administrator at a small financial firm. You know that Kim, a new hire, will be starting work tomorrow. You want to get her set up so that she can be productive on her first day, so you create a new user account for her.
To create a new user account, follow these steps:
A confirmation screen is displayed:
Kim's user account has been created, so all that remains is to add her computer to the domain.
To add Kim's computer to the domain, follow these steps:
Now that Kim has a user account and is joined to the domain, you can give her access to your printer and fax machine.
To share the printer or fax machine on the network, follow these steps:
Tomorrow morning, Kim will be ready to start work with a computer that is connected to the domain and that is ready to print or send and receive faxes. This will help her be successful on her first day of work and will minimize the time you have to spend getting her up to speed.
Thanks to the Domain Join feature in Windows SBS 2008, you can provide your users with secure access to resources on your Windows SBS 2008 server. The intuitive wizards help you get set up quickly so that you can focus on what's important: running your business.
For information about managing user accounts and computers, read the following TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794289(WS.10).aspx
For more information about how Windows SBS 2008 and Windows 7 Professional are better together, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/windows7.aspx
For information about a trial version of Windows SBS 2008, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/trial-software.aspx
For a test drive of Windows 7 Professional, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/business/windows-7-test-drive/
Am I crazy for never hearing about Application publishing before?
This things are good. Very good. But, sometimes the connection wizard doesn't migrate the local profile, tipically the private files/folders in AppData\local\temp folder.
This is a problem for some SBS administrator. I guess, those admin say a lot of thanks for an app, which prepare the computer for join the domain. :)
Description of Windows Small Business Server 2008 Update Rollup 3:
Don't forget you need that installed before you can use http://connect on SBS 2008 for Win7 machines.
I think that's a typo:
"you could buy a laptop that runs Windows Home Server for each of your employees and not network them"
Do you mean "Windows 7 Home"?
-Tim Barrett [SBS-MVP]
In the second paragraph that should read 'you could buy a laptop running Windows Home PREMIUM for each of your employees', and not Windows Home Server.