Office 2013, Windows 8.1 Pro & SBS 2008/2011

I have several clients that use both SBS 2008 and SBS 2011.  They need to purchase new hybrid laptops, etc.  I just want to confirm they won't have any in-office or remote connectivity issues connecting to remote workplace, sharepoint, or Outlook connectivity issues, etc.

I am specifically concerned about Windows 8.1 Pro and MS Office 2013 Home and Business.

I don't think there will be major issues, but I thought I'd ask just in case.  

cmp119IT ManagerAsked:
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Make sure both Exchange versions are right up to date.

You will need the latest Update Rollup on SBS 2011 Standard to be able to use Connect on Win8+.

There is no such UR for SBS 2008 so the following elevated PowerShell will work:

add-computer -domain domain.local -credential domain\domainadmin -oupath "OU=SBSComputers,OU=Computers,OU=MyBusiness,DC=Domain,DC=Local" -Restart

Once the Win8+ unit has rebooted run GPUpdate /Force via Start or CMD and reboot.

You may need to run the Group Policy Management Console from the Win8 device to update your Group Policies with Win8 specific settings if you add your own GPOs.

Beware Office 2013 Outlook and Exchange 2007.
Lot's of issues.
The last couple of patches have been nightmares.
My 2 cents ,stick with Office 2010.
Stable and predictable.
cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Let me ask, I really have two clients that use SBS2011 with all patches and roll-ups applied.  They figure they want to get their money's worth and get hybrid laptops with Windows 8.1 pro, and MS office 2013.  With these specs, will there be issues?

Referencing the following comment, what is "UR"?

There is no such UR for SBS 2008 so the following elevated PowerShell will work:
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
UR = Update Rollup. There will be no UR for SBS 2008 Std to update the Connect Wizard for new Windows 8+ operating systems.

We've been using Win8 and Office 2013 against Exchange 2010 on SBS 2011 Std for quite a while now with no issues.

I use the PowerShell command to add the device then use the SBS Console to set up permissions after the fact in most cases as it takes about the same amount of time.


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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
The only additional thing I need to know is if Windows 8 or 8.1 pro will be an issue with SBS 2008?  Other than that, I believe we are good to go!!!  Thanks much...
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
It shouldn't be. We have clients running both under SBS 2008 Standard environments with no issues.

cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Great to hear!!!  Thanks again.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
You are welcome. :)

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