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MS 2003 Small Business Server: How to handle replacing users?

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Just install MS 2003 Small Business Server.

1. What happens when say a person quits and is replaced. It's easy enough to go over and delete their user account on the server, but what about the computer which is now automatically named after the user?

2. What about the local computer? It has all the programs which they installed, i'd want the new user to start fresh. Does created a new login for them, and they login as that.. handle all the proper clean up?

3. What is the standard process for handeling this?
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Hi micamedia,
> 1. What happens when say a person quits and is replaced. It's easy
> enough to go over and delete their user account on the server, but what
> about the computer which is now automatically named after the user?

I never name computers after users.  For exactly the reason you allude to above.  I name machines after their functions.  Sales1, Accounting2, Marketing1, Admin2, IT2, etc.

Each user who logs into the machine will have their own profile, so old settings are almost irrelevent.
 
> 2. What about the local computer? It has all the programs which they
> installed, i'd want the new user to start fresh. Does created a new
> login for them, and they login as that.. handle all the proper clean up?

Not really.  It cleans up their registry, but all the programs are there.  I'd suggest making an image of the system and when a person leaves, backup the old system (to recover anything you might need to recover later) and then put the image back on - which would reset the system to scratch.  If you need help on the topic of disk imaging/windows deployment, let me know, I can provide links.

> 3. What is the standard process for handeling this?

I'm not sure there is a standard process.  It depends on the level of control the IT department/staff has and the resources available.  Most companies with small business server don't have the resources that large companies to do handle these things the same way.

Cheers!
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