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We have a sbs2008 domain and did the migration from a 2003 server a couple months ago. I'm having a problem getting a Standard 2003 server to show up in the list of available computers when working through Remote Web Workplace. I think I've discovered the problem, but would like to make sure of the reprocussions before I move the server. The Standard 03 server just houses a file share that runs a dos program. When the server was joined to the domain, i believe it was joined by right-clicking my computer and then changing the network to domain "xxxx". The server is located in the "computers" group in Active Directory. I would like to move it to the "SBS Computers" group because I think it will show up in the RWW list of computers. What (if any) reprocussions would result from this move? I believe that the SBS Computers OU has the normal Group Policies that an SBS server applies. Other than that, there aren't any customizations. Thanks
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The computers container is the default location for newly created computer accounts, that is if you join a computer to the domain without first creating an account for it.
This container is not an OU (hence no book icon on it), and this means that group policies cannot be linked to it. That means the computer account will only be subject to GPOs linked at the domain level.
By moving the account into the SBS Computers OU, you're placing the account where it should be really. If you have any group policies applied to this OU, then the effect will be that these GPOs will then apply to the computer. I would however consider putting your server accounts in a separate OU to your workstations. That way you can apply policies to each OU without affecting the other.
I doubt you'll break anything by doing this. In fact you shouldn't leave computer accounts in the Computers container really. Even if something does break, you only have to move it back! I'm sure it won't though...
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Thanks I will be moving the servers locations tomorrow. Do you know if the small business 2008 server is available through remote web workplace? I'm not able to see it. It's listed under "domain controllers" OU
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