I am now the admin for another SBS 2003 server. It's been running for about 4yrs. It was a new install. The original admin was very familiar with NT40, so he joined the users & computers manually, no wizards. Not sure why, not how I do it. But I get to deal with it now.
In an effort to free up some space on C:\, instead of 'moving' the 'Users folders' he created new, but they do not sync with client machines as SBS doesn't know the location of the new home folders. This is evident when trying to add a 'test user/computer' to the domain using connectcomputer wizard. An error is generated saying it cannot create the users folder or set quotas. The folder Users is in the default location, but is empty. The domain users just open and save docs back to a server share, (their 'home' folder as the call it). Data in their local My Docs folder is just that, local. Sharepoint was not completely setup. After using POP3 for awhile he did setup Exchange, but did it manually also. It seems to be working OK but I get a few errors in the event viewer. The 'TO DO' list in System Manager is blank as the day it was installed.
So basically what I have is SBS 2003 running Exchange. No CompanyWeb, RWW, Remote Outlook, etc. access except for the admin acounts, no My Docs syncronization. Basically just a fileserver. My question is, what is the proper way to correct this?
I assume I first need to fix the Users folder issue, then remove all computers from the Domain, rename them and rejoin them again using the connectcomputer wizard. Found TechSoEasy's blog on how to do that. What do I do for the users? I would prefer to use the same user accounts, setup the Users Folders properly and move the old data into the new, correct folders. Then delete the server share they are using now.
I am sure there are other things I am not aware of, thus this post to the experts. I am reviewing this Blog
SBS 2003 -SP2
A few .Net 40 updates pending
Approx 25 users
Most run XP Pro, a few Win7
Outlook versions 2003-2007-2010
IE7 & 8
The rest run Win7 using BootCamp on Intel based MAC laptops, OSX - another long story that requires beer.
C:\ & D:\ partitons. Will move Exchange to D:\. Would like Users folders on D:\ when done. I know how to move them. Just need the default location setup first.
SBS is handling DHCP & DNS
Single Nic running behind Cisco ASA 5505 appliance
Some have Cisco VPN clients on them too.
Symantec Backup Exec - corporate
It wasn't done, so I did set up monitoring and it is working properly.
I'm sure more info is needed, let me know what you need, and I will get it.
Trying to find a way to correct this, & allow my customer the benefits of all the SBS features they are not aware of without rebuilding the entire server & client machines.
Looking forward to your input!
On a sidenote: TechSoEasy, are you in Phx by chance? Just wondering.....