SBS 2003 Administration

Hi.

One of my sites has a fairly-IT savvy administrtion member on staff who I feel is capable of managing the GAL and other basic user properties. Is there a tool that this staff member user can use from thier desktop to manage these fucntions without the full remote desktop to the server access?
I do remember seeing some sort of MMC plugin a while back but cannot find it again.

Suggestions please.

Greg
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JohnLoCommented:
Yes, the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Tools Pack for x86 editions
This will put all the server admin tools on his pc.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=86B71A4F-4122-44AF-BE79-3F101E533D95&displaylang=en
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Glen KnightCommented:
ALL user management should be performed using the wizards on Server manager on Small Business Server.

Any attempt to use the standard Windows Administration tools will cause these users not to function correctly.
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hainsNETAuthor Commented:
Ah yes JohnLo - this software name rings a bell, however, the comment from dematzer concerns me too.
Dematzer - please clarify.
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JohnLoCommented:
yes Demazter it states on the site that it is compatible the windows 2003 FAMILY,  i have never heard oif this issue can you provide documentation on it,
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Glen KnightCommented:
There are wizards in SBS and they should be used.

If you start creating users outside of these wizards then it WILL cause problems.  SBS whilst it can be managed using the standard active directory tools you will experience problems later.  The wizards perform additional SBS related tasks that are not performed if you don't use the wizards.
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Glen KnightCommented:
You may want to have a look at this guide on adding users to an SBS server from a Microsoft Most Valued Profesional (MVP): http://www.howtonetworking.com/sbs/adduser1.htm

follow the screens through you will see all the steps the wizard performs on the user.  It will also create/update the exchange configuration and update the GAL by running the recipient update service.
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JohnLoCommented:
I see that but where does it say that it will cause issue using the standard tools that are also already on the SBS server just above, even on that guide, I have added hundreds of users across all of my customers using SBS and have had ZERO issues with users not working. EVER!!!
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JohnLoCommented:
Also where is the docs on thees issues, not a link to a how-to that does not state an issue with not suing the wizard.

As you stated yesterday.. "making sure the correct information is available in the questions when they get PAQ'd and not just some link that means nothing to future readers."
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Glen KnightCommented:
The tools are installed on SBS because otherwise the wizards will not work.

I'm suprised you haven't had problems as the standard tools do not add the templates and they do not add active directory attributes that are REQUIRED by SBS for full functionality.

In the same way as when you add computers to an SBS domain you MUST use the connectcomputer wizard.

Or don't you do that either?
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JohnLoCommented:
Once again how us where these so called problems are documented please.
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Glen KnightCommented:
The link was a how to for the wizard it was not to clarify my point.

I am providing information from 14 years experience, from answering nearly 5,000,000 points worth of questions in 10 months.

I am not going to argue with you.  Hopefully some of the other top SBS experts will also chime in validating what I have said (or not)
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JohnLoCommented:
Can some SBS expert here please post so documentation on these issues as demazter can not backup his statement.

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hainsNETAuthor Commented:
Thankyou gentlemen for your input. I must say that without written documentation to support the claims of dematzer, I am prepared to work with JohnLo's suggestion.
Greg
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Glen KnightCommented:
I have emailed TechSoEasy EE's top SBS Expert who may be able to add something.

The Administration tools do not provide the Exchange management tools so you will not see any of these options.
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O. PierruSystem adminCommented:
Dematzer is perfectly right.

Using some of the 2003 admin tools will result in not using the SBS wizards and then generate very nice problems on an SBS box.
No link to backup this statement, but not using the SBS wizards is the best way to get problems and this is a known fact since so many years now... just get any good SBS 2003 book, the MS one for example.
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hainsNETAuthor Commented:
So many experts, so many opinions, so confusing. :)
Thankyou all again.
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