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SBS 2003 R2 - Vista incompatibility?

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I went yesterday to the Microsoft (there is money for you,  there is money for us) See The Difference Partner Roadshow.  Among fun little novelties like "If no recent Service Packs or no Antivirus Then no (local) network",  there was one remark about SBS:  "Vista can not be installed on a SBS 2003 R2 domain with the wizards. Wait for the next version of SBS to see that problem solved."  Has anyone tested Vista on SBS and knows more about it?
Apparently Microsoft favors a fast transition to Vista.  At the same time SBS seems to have problems to keep up with the rest of the Microsoft offerings.  The buy XP upgrade to Vista offer (Microsoft Technical Advantage or something alike) ends in april 2007,  what gives me the impression to be caught between marketing and missing Service Packs.

Did I say that the Roadshow free snacks where excellent.

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There is a timing issue... but it's generally because it takes more time to get all of the synchronization stuff needed to run within SBS.  I've been using Vista on one machine for awhile now... but I didn't join it to the domain because of it's various security differences.  Instead, I just connected via VPN within my LAN.

However, Sean Daniel has put together a pretty good how-to for connecting Vista to an SBS domain:
http://seanda.blogspot.com/2006/08/looking-to-run-vista-rc1-on-sbs-2003.html

It hasn't really changed since RC1 as far as I know.  Also, just because the offer ends in April does not mean that it won't be extended for Small Business if it's not possible to connect them correctly.  Also, if you sold your clients the Small Business Desktop SKU instead, which has Software Advantage, then you wouldn't need to worry about the deadlines.   (great article on this:  http://www.orlandoitpro.com/newsletter10092005.asp)

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I have just setup a client with 3 new vista computers and an sbs2003 box. With a little extra work I was able to use the wizards to add the vista machines to the sbs2003 domain. The big key is running ie as administrator. Once you do that everything should work as it did in xp. The only real problem I have run into thus far is trying to integrate the new vista fax and scan center with the windows shared fax component of sbs2003. It can connect the fax and scan center to the sbs server and it will send fine, but new faxes received by the server are not displayed in the inbox on the vista machines. Has anyone else run into this and/or figured out a way to fix it so that it works similar to the xp fax console where there is a common inbox that all workstations view from the sbs2003 box.
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In order to get new faxes to display in the fax console, you need to allow that through the Vista Firewall.  

Faxes can also be routed to a SharePoint document library which is sometimes a lot nicer to work with.

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