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How to determine if ConnectComputer setup was not followed?

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I know that with SBS2003 it's important to join the domain using the Server/ConnectComputer web interface.  I also know that NOT doing so can cause some inconistancies.  What is the best way to determine if this practice has NOT been followed with certainclinets, and what' the best way to re-do correct joining?  

Are there different "signs" of a proper Install with XP than 2000???

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Well, there are tons of signs.  If you want to see all that connectcomputer does, please see http://sbsurl.com/connectcomputer.

The quickest way I tend to see that it's NOT been done is by looking at My Network Places... there should be links to UserName.lnk and General Documents on Companyweb.  If they aren't there, then it's most likely not been done.  Also, you can look at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Clients and look at the install log.  If that folder is missing, then for sure you have a problem.  You also might not see the SBS_LOGIN_SCRIPT.bat file run when you first log into a workstation.

To remedy the situation, follow these steps:

The following needs to be done with the client machine:
1.  Log in with THAT machine's LOCAL administrator account.
2.  Unjoin the domain into a WORKGROUP
3.  Change the name of the computer
4.  Delete or rename the following directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Clients if it exists
5.  Ensure that DHCP is enabled and there are  no manually configured network settings
6.  Reboot

Then on the server, from the Server Management Console:
1.  Remove the client computers if it still shows in the Client Computer screen on the Server Management Console
2.  Add the client with it's NEW name using the Add Computer wizard

Then, go back to the client machine and join the domain by opening Internet Explorer and navigating to http://servername/connectcomputer

Jeff
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