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Joining SBS 2003

Are you able to Join SBS 2003 without using connectmycomputer option?
Can you bypass all the download programs option also?
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jackm1
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itcozaCommented:
Hi,

if you are referring to the process of joining a workstation to a SBS 2003 domain, Yes you can do this without using wizards. Please note that the downloading of applications most often refers to the Installation of the most up to date service pack to your computer (if running XP) and  this is critical to having a stable network environment.

You can also view: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/6/1/561c9fd7-0e27-4525-94ec-4d2d38f61aa3/TSHT_SBS.htm
for more ingormation.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why not use the wizards?  

Put simply, NOT using the wizards in SBS can cause problems now and later - SBS wants to be managed in a very specific way - start going outside the plan and features will not work properly and problems will start to develop.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Hi jackm1,

Is there any reason at all that you have SBS???

What are you using it for?

Jeff
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jackm1Author Commented:
The client I am working with, needs a low cost solution with added benifits which they are going to use I hope in the future.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Great... I'll ask again:
Why not use the wizards?
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jackm1Author Commented:
So I should use the wizards?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'll repeat myself:
Put simply, NOT using the wizards in SBS can cause problems now and later - SBS wants to be managed in a very specific way - start going outside the plan and features will not work properly and problems will start to develop.
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jackm1Author Commented:
I just want to here it again.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you've worked on Windows Server 2003 before, FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW.  Managing an SBS server like it's a standard server will cripple your server at worst and at best make it much more difficult to manage, potentially causing a variety of problems.  When you start to do things outside the wizards, the data isn't where the wizards expect it to be and you start having issues.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I think I've created a monster.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No, Microsoft created the monster.  I'm speaking from experience being the guy you fix the problems for.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
They very well may have... but it's not a bad monster, it's a good one.  And it's good to have you and your experiences helping to tame it!  :-)
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jackm1Author Commented:
I am believe you are right about the wizards. It seems to work better with them, especially today.  
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Hey, whadaya know!  :-)  
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