connect client to server for testing

Have set up a new server with sbs 2011 and set up static ip address for server to connect to existing router. all seems well, and I can connect to internet.

also set up scopes for clients.

What I want to do is test on the clients connectivity to the new server, internet connections etc.

So what I had in mind was to connect a  client to the new server temporarily.

Question, as I wish to revert back to the old server for a few weeks, whilst further server testing ensues, can I set up a user account on a client pc  to connect to the new server (temporarily) or will only one domain be allowed on the client at a time.

thanks
topUKlawyerAsked:
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paulkeeneyCommented:
you can only be on one domain at a time as it is set up with your primary dns server. Do you have access to any virtualisation software such as vmware workstation or the free oracle box. you could then just create a new client for that environment on top of your PC making testing much easier
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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
Well I do have a spare pc lying around, this may have been previously connected to the old network.

What would I need to do to connect it to the new (temporary) one.
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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
what i mean is I know ordinarily how to connect to a domain, but if one has been previously connected would that bar me from setting up a new user account for the new domain.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Your questions is a bit confusing... but if you intend to use this "old PC" to connect to your test SBS 2011, you should make sure it is disjoined from any previous domain first.

Make sure .net 4 runtime is installed and that the operating system is at minimum Windows XP Pro SP2.... to connect it to the SBS 2011, don't do it the "old way".  Open a web browser and user http://connect 

If your test SBS is isolated to your test PC, it should DNS this correctly and will correctly join the PC to the SBS domain. Doing it manually is not recommended.


HTH

Gary
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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
yes thats the question.
how do I make sure its disjoined.
The new server is temporily there and the old server isnt.

Is that what you mean.

pc is windows 7
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
On the "old PC", in the computer properties... change the domain affiliation and join it to the workgroup WORKGROUP. Make sure you change the local administrator account password first so you can log in locally after the disjoin.

HTH

Gary
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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
before i do that would i use the transfer wizard to make sure I can have a backup of the  file settings etc.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
If there is anything on the PC, it would still be recoverable after the disjoin.... nothing gets destroyed during that process.
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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
thanks to both.

Paul, what you say about oracle box sounds interesting too. I will look at this.
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