Connect new computer to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange

Posted on 2008-02-01
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Last Modified: 2008-05-05
What is the best way to connect a new computer freshly formatted to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange to an existing client name and setup?

I normally do it with connectcomputer on my server but I was led to believe this is only for SBS2003.


Question by:rickpref
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ID: 20800029
If you mean adding to a domain, then you can just right click on my computer, choose properties and goto tab 'computername' click the 'change' button ( i could be wrong with the exact names cause i dont use a english version' and fill in the domainname, it will ask for a login name with rights to add it to the domain (usualy the administrator) and you're connected.

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by:madison perkins
ID: 20800158
There is no "setup Wizard" for Server 2003 domains that will also configure the internet explorer settings, deploy application and configure office 2003 (including outlook profile creation/addition)

to do this for a Server 2003 domain with exchange installed in the Directory forest you would use Group Policy objects, the office 2003 resource kit to create the office profile and Published applications.  during the sbs2003 install these items are created.  a combination of these items and scripts are performed on the workstation when you acces the http://company/joincomputer webpage. (can't remember the exact path.

if all you need to do is join the the computer and configure outlook settings i would join the computer as mentioned about then create a file share that has the office 2003 installation media and you customized office transform.  

links to come in next post.

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madison perkins earned 2000 total points
ID: 20800251
SBS makes this look easy but if you are planning on having more than one computer that need to be configured for a domain/apps/echange/what ever else you can think of this is all good information to have under your belt.  make sure you look for microsofts Best practices guides for anything you haven't done before.  i always refreesh my self if its been more than 6 months since the last time i have done something.

Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit Tools

Configuring Unicode Options for Outlook 2003 (has the info on group policy and outlook 2003 transforsms)

How to use Group Policy to remotely install software in Windows Server 2003

Get the new GPMC
Enterprise Management with the Group Policy Management Console

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