• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 1087
  • Last Modified:

Can't see computers in SBSComputers or in Windows SBS Console

I've just migrated from SBS2003 to SBS2008.  Most everything went well, but only two of about 20 computers show up in either the Windows SBS Console or the SBSComputers window under AD Users and Computers/MyBusiness/Computers/SBSComputers/.

I didn't run the http://connect/ on the two computers that DO show up there, and on a couple machines that I did run it on, they DON'T show up.  However, they seem to be connected to the network and the workstation install seemed to be OK.

Any ideas?  I'd really like to be able to manage my workstations through the Windows SBS Console.
0
catdev
Asked:
catdev
  • 5
  • 4
1 Solution
 
adiloadiloCommented:
do you have enough CAL license for the SBS 2008 ? also verify which type of CAL you have per devise or per user .
http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/licensing-overview.aspx
Good Luck
0
 
catdevAuthor Commented:
I've purchased 10 CAL User Licenses, but I'm getting the idea that Microsoft doesn't really care to much about this.  Of course, being the honest kind of guy I am, I've got enough user licenses to accomodate all our computers and users at any given time.

However, I doubt this is the issue given that SBS 2008 doesn't even give you a method for managing CALs, as far as I can see.
0
 
adiloadiloCommented:
hmm , I see what happens if you do a search for a specific computer on active directory ?  right click domain and choose search  , see if any computer shows in the search ?
0
[Webinar] Kill tickets & tabs using PowerShell

Are you tired of cycling through the same browser tabs everyday to close the same repetitive tickets? In this webinar JumpCloud will show how you can leverage RESTful APIs to build your own PowerShell modules to kill tickets & tabs using the PowerShell command Invoke-RestMethod.

 
adiloadiloCommented:
also try openning a command prompt and type

 dsquery computer

see what you get
0
 
catdevAuthor Commented:
I can see all the computers in AD, and they are all listed in the dsquery.

However, I notice that the two computers that show up in SBS have the following lines:

"CN=UPS3, OU=SBSComputers, OU=Computers, OU=MyBusiness, DC=Domain, DC=local"

Except, of course, for the CN (Computer Name, I assume)

The computers that DON'T show up have the following:

"CN=WS24, CN=Computers, DC=Domain, DC=local"

So, the second one doesn't have any OU entries.

Interesting....
0
 
catdevAuthor Commented:
So, I've just found this on a technical FAQ from Microsoft -- can't believe I didn't see it earlier:

***************************
Why are some of my computers not showing up in the Administration Console?
The most likely cause is that the machine object is not present in the correct organizational unit (OU) in active directory. The SBS console will only display computers that are present in the \Domain Controllers, \MyBusiness\Computers\SBSServers, and \MyBusiness\Computers\SBSComputers OUs. Due to the way SBS 2008 manages the domain, it is imperative that the objects are in the correct locations. Otherwise SBS 2008 will not display them as there is no assurance the objects can be configured properly. By default, new computers appear in \MyBusiness\Computers\SBSComputers.
***************************

So, I guess my new question is how do I get the "machine objects" into the correct organizational units in AD?


0
 
adiloadiloCommented:
ok , that ok they are just in a different container  on active diretory .
Right click all the computers that you want to manage when you do the search and choose move
move all of them to the "SBSComputers"  container and you should be able to manage them using the Windows SBS Console.  if asked  are you sure do you need to move , just confirm with a yes .
Good Luck
0
 
adiloadiloCommented:
:)
0
 
catdevAuthor Commented:
Perfect.  I can now see all my computers in the Windows SBS Console.
0

Featured Post

The 14th Annual Expert Award Winners

The results are in! Meet the top members of our 2017 Expert Awards. Congratulations to all who qualified!

  • 5
  • 4
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now