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Hi Please can someone help urgently:

My coleague and i set up a network 1 week ago. We were told to leave theire Unix server in and not too touch it. So we installed a SBS2003 server along side the UNIX server. Now before they just had local profiles and no domain accounts. So we created a domain and added them on. We have told them to use thier local accounts as the e-mail system was not setup yet and i was due to be back in 3 weeks to remove the linux server and just have the SBS 2003 server.

They had a little network share for the sales printer but the problem is that they all cant print and the printers are not shown in the list. Dont seem like thay want to be added either. Could we have removed local rules? Also can someone suggest how i can get them network printing again.

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"We have told them to use thier local accounts as the e-mail system was not setup yet "

This doesn't sound like very good advice.  Did you review any of the SBS Deployment documentation?

If they now have SBS they need to have their network and domain run according to the way SBS requires.  Please see http://sbsurl.com/start and http://sbsurl.com/techguide for more information.

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Hi

Ok i thought i'd get away with little info cos thats basically what i needed. Ill explain:

They have a system called NIXDROF (Very Old UNIX system). Now my job was to remove that server and just have the SBS server but when i arrived they had informed me they are still going to use the NIXDORF system for 1 more month which had messed with my initial plan. So i in stalled the server(sbs). The Nixdorf works on static IP's so i left that alone and all i did was install a SBS server and then put an ip address of 192.168.x.x. And on every machine i added an extra IP address of 129.168.x.x and added relevant information such as DNS to also (additionally) find the SBS server. I added them an account and on every machine i added them to the domain.  ALL is good there. The reason why i have used them to use the old account is because i had asked the MD to call thiere e-mail provider and get me all the pop3 accounts username and passwords and i need them as i have another provider for them to switch over with. Because a company had bought them over thiere domain name had to change slightly so i had setup pop3 accounts for there new e-mail addreses that redirects to thiere normal e-mail but because i did not have thier pop account details and they have no controll panel and it was a sunday so company was closed we could not proceed properley. So we thought it would be best to come back when the other server can go and i can set up the sbs server as your instructions above.

My problem however is that when they are on thier local profiles they are not able to print across thier network any more which i find strange as we did not touch the old profiles but by putting the SBS in it has overwritten some local rules and they cant print. How can i get them to print for the time being.

If there are any questions please let me know cos it was a very eventfull weekend working around this NIXDORF system.

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Your email troubles have nothing at all to do with setting up their internal Active Directory domain correctly.  

Why did you not join the machines to the domain properly?  If you had used SBS's method of http://<SBSSERVERNAME>/connectcomputer it would migrate over their current local profile as well... so no worries there.

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I had used the servername/connectcomputer. I added the acount that way and it had added all the client apps when i restarted.

Another thing i left out too. The Nixdord system. We had tried to copy it over to the Domain account and we could not get it to work. It worked on seperate sets of terminal emulation software and when try to copy all the files across it would not take. We did get one to work but when i called an employee over for him to test he said it looked different but the data seemed to be there. i was scepticle as i was told i had to have that system working for 1 more month.
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Well, if you joined them using ConnectComputer, I don't understand why you would then have the users still using a local login.  Once a workstation is joined to the domain, local logins should be disabled.  That shouldn't cause a problem with accessing the old server though.

So the question I would have, why don't you add the printers to the SBS?

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Hi Well i had a chat with a more technical person over there. It seems i was misled. Printers are working fine which is great news as i could not understand why it was down. The person was talking about printing over terminal services. I have two users there which only on ocasion will need to log into our system and then print some pages. I have now set this up.

thx for the help anyway
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