We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

How do I use Windows 7 Pro to join my SBS 2003 domain

I am wanting to use my netbook, which I am upgrading to either Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, to log into
my office server which is Windows SBS 2003.  With prior netbook I used log in through remote
connection, but am trying to determine if I can have netbook join domain for login rather than through
Remote web workplace and if there would be any advantage in doing so.
Comment
Watch Question

yo_beeDirector of Information Technology
BRONZE EXPERT

Commented:
You need to Right Click Computer > Properties > Advance Settings on the left side > Computer Name Tab > Change > Enter the Domain Name.
You will be prompted for a username and password of a Domain Admin account.

That is it.
KarlSenior Technical Consultant
BRONZE EXPERT

Commented:
are you talking about logging onto the domain from a remote location? if so you need to set up a VPN connection first making sure the DNS is the sbs server or that there is a host file set with the IP of the SBS to be able to join the domain.
win 7 pro and ultimate have some nice functions with vpn and joining to a domain remotely.  You just need to make sure the sbs 2003 server has routing and remote access set up properly with a define public ip address.  once thats declared, you can then set up your vpn client on the netbook.  Then once you are on the vpn network, you can then assign the proper ip addresses including dns pointing to your server, right click my computer and join to domain.  Restart,  when you sign in, at the ctrl +alt + del screen, you will see a button with 2 little pcs side by side which you can click on for signing in with your domain login credentials through vpn.  Win 7 will automatically identify the vpn connection and your domain credentials and you will be able to sign in as if you were logging in on the network, so yes you can make this work, as long as everything is set the way its supposed to be, by the way, are you running exchange off this server?
BRONZE EXPERT
Top Expert 2013
Commented:
You can a join the domain with a Win 7 machine in the proper SBS way using a browser (from the LAN) and http://SBSname/connectcomputer however the SBS has to be fully patched or at least have the following compatibility update applied:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926505

However if you are simply accessing the network remotely with RWW, OWA, Outlook Anywhere, or RDP (latter is not recomended) there is no advantage to joining the domain.
DarinTCHSenior CyberSecurity Engineer
BRONZE EXPERT

Commented:
check out the SBS info on using http://connect
if you are plugged into the same network and type in connect in a web browser it will bring you to a connect page for the domain
alternately you can also load this file on a USB drive
BRONZE EXPERT
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
Http://connect is for sbs 2008/2011, sbs 2003 = HTTP://sbsname/connectconputer
DarinTCHSenior CyberSecurity Engineer
BRONZE EXPERT

Commented:
correct..thanx for the clarification Rob
BRONZE EXPERT
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
No problem, just didn't want ZatzClaims trying the wrong one. I figured you just missed the 2003
LeeTutorretired
BRONZE EXPERT
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.

Explore More ContentExplore courses, solutions, and other research materials related to this topic.