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SBS server 2003

Posted on 2009-04-13
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I am attaching a sbs server 2003 to an existing p2p xp network. In true fashion the companys computers harddrives are completely full. I have installed servers on networks from scratch I have never transitioned to a domain from a workgroup. Is it possible to attach it in the workgroup so I can backup client files to it, if so how do I attach it as a part of the workgroup.
Also the company relies heavily on outlook on each comp. when I transition each client will their data and outlook be migrated to to the new comfiguration that sbs does to each pc?
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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First, you should NOT being doing this without having first setup a small test network to gain some experience before hand*.

Second, SBS domains, if the workstations are joined properly with the connectcomputer wizard, should preserve user settings.

Outlook, if it hasn't been connected to an Exchange server will have all e-mail in local PST files - where it will remain until/unless moved.

In a PROPER setup, all data files live on the server.  This is so you only backup ONE system and only one system needs to be on.  

SBS MUST be setup in a domain - if you don't it will start rebooting itself hourly after 2-3 weeks.

SBS is a VERY stable platform - if setup properly.

*If you don't know how to do this, then I STRONGLY recommend to make sure it's done right, HIRE someone who has experience.  We can guide you... but if you don't know what you're doing it would be a bit like trying to fly a 747 with no experience while someone from ground talked you through it.  Possible, but by no means a good thing.
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Absolutely object.

Asker said:
how do I attach it as a part of the workgroup

I said:
SBS MUST be setup in a domain
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Asker said:
when I transition each client will their data and outlook be migrated to to the new comfiguration that sbs does to each pc?

I said:
SBS domains, if the workstations are joined properly with the connectcomputer wizard, should preserve user settings.
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Finally, the asker NEVER participated in their question.  
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