What is the best way to add new PC to SBS 2003
Posted on 2006-05-23
I am new to SBS and as such I am trying to understand everything and alos learn best practises as I go along. I'm quite used to peer to peer networks so Domains tend to strike a little fear into me as I am not always certain of the best option to take I have historically fallen back on my old bad habits rather than learn or figure out the best way.
So, I have spent many an hour installing, testing, uninstalling configuring and reconfiguring SBS2003 to get myself a very nice stable running server. So far everything seems to work exactly as I want it to and its time to add some PC's to the network and al of a sudden I am faced with several more dilemas as there seems to be a number of conflicting areas of information.
So, here I am in an ideal world with a new clean install of SBS up and running. All of my pc's which are about to join the network are new with clean installs of XP Pro and the network PC's contain nothing else yet (although I will want to install Office on each) The SBS Server has 2 network cards, one for WAN and one for LAN, exchange is running and mail is accessible via the web for the single test user account that I set up.
So the question is, What is the best way of adding these PC's and users?
Should I install office on the local machines first or does that make no difference.