Setting up a new Win2003 Small Business Server & Group Policies
Posted on 2006-07-18
Our existing Network consists of aprx 15 Win2k machines and an Win2k Server.
In need of upgrade we have just bought a shiny new server running Win Small Bus Server 2003.
And have also about 5 new WinXP machines which are yet to be plugged into our network, and which will replace a few of the oldest PC's in the existing network.
I'm needing help on how best to transfer everything over to the new server. User profiles, network files etc.
We've been discussing just dumping the existing user profiles and starting fresh to give us a clean slate. Ie setting up user profiles on the new server and then manually logging into each and copying on their 'favourite' desktop items which they currently use.
Our firm has three departments, Accounting, Planning and Support
I have been reading that 'Group policies' can be useful to help reduce the administrative burden in setting up and maintaining PC's and user accounts.
Lets say I have a user in the 'Accounting' department, I know what programs I want on their PC as well as specifically what icons I want on their desktop, desktop background and internet links are those of the predefined 'accounting' group.
How should I go about shifting my network from being reliant on the existing Win2k server to the new Win 2003 Small Bus Server?
Can I use group policies help me to setup my user's and PC's? And how would I actually implement them?