Connect vista business laptop to SBS domain

Posted on 2009-02-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Trying to connect a new laptop running Vista Business to SBS domain using connectcomputer wizard:

First time I ran it, specified a local profile to use for the wizard.  It got to 2nd reboot, but the profiles  _sbs_setup_ and [original profile name] were both there, applications were not installed - so basically the wizard did not complete.

followed TechSoEasy's instructions for getting rid of the SBS directory in programs and the sbs reg key, deleted the two profiles.  Ran wizard again, with no local profile specified.  Again got to 2nd reboot, didn't install apps, didn't complete:  2 profiles in users directorey _sbs_netsetup_ and TEMP.

On login, it says "Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off."

Found some of the SBS server vista compatibility updates - but these address OWA (which he isn't going to use for now) and OUtlook 2007 (which he's not using)... but installed kb926505  on server.  Haven't had a chance to retry since then - but I'm not expecting that to be the fix... unless you all tell me otherwise!

A couple of clarification questions on how this is meant to be done....
a) user is very mobile, to use ConnectComputer wizard requires disabling wireless and bluetooth NIC, presumably once connected to domain these can be re-enabled?

b) to set this up correctly (so he can have a unified experience on the domain and on the road), I just setup domain profile right?  Will he be able to login with domain credentials even when offline?  (I shouldn't have to set him up as a local user on the machine and login locally when he's on the road?).

Thanks much in advance
Question by:jennynover
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    first off all, apply the vista compatibility fixes for sbs 2003, but you already did I think.
    Then, run IE AS ADMIN (!!), and use only ONE NIC.
    use Jeff's other tips to remove it from the domain first.
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    and btw "  _sbs_setup_ " IS there, that was the last user that logged onto vista, you just need to pick 'another user' and logon with the username
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    when you say "run ie as admin" - you mean to run the connectcomputer wizard?  
    Does UAC need to be disabled on Vista for the wizard?

    All other NICs already disabled (or it won't run at all).
    Haven't had a chance to test with the server patches yet - but the documentation suggests that these hotfixes are not for my problem, they are for OWA and OL2k7 compatibility.

    Lastly, when I've run connectcomputer on XP with existing user profiles in the past, the _Sbs_netsetup_ profile is renamed to the new user profile when the wizard completes correctly.  It only seems to hang around when the wizard fails.  
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    no,I mean right click IE icon > run as administrator, after that join the pc as usual using http://server/connectcomputer

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    The temporary profile issue was because the first connectcomputer wizard run did not successfully complete.  

    Found a post that probably needs to be added to TechSoEasy's connectcomputer rollback instructions - when deleting the profiles, also delete the following Registry hives on the local PC that refer to the SID of the domain user:
        HKey_Local_Machine/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/ProfileList

    You can identify the right hives by looking at the ProfileImagePath key - it should point to the profile you have deleted.

    I did not try again to run the wizard - since the computer was already joined to the domain.  Just logged the domain user on again so new profile was generated cleanly.  

    Still don't know what I've missed from having the wizard bomb out at the point it did, and still don't know why it bombed.

    On my other questions the answers were
    a) Yes
    b) yes

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