SBS 2011 Essentials - connecting computers

Hi all,

I'm in the process of connecting a Win 7 computer to an SBS 2011 Essentials Server. At some point, i get this:

The message seems to imply that the user's documents will be moved to the Server somewhere, but after the connection, this doesn't seem to be the case.

Am I misunderstanding the message?

Thanks in advance.
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Greg HejlPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
The existing local user account is being converted to a network user account.  All the files, AppData, etc will be applied to thee new Network User account.  Only Network users in domains are given access to shared resources on the domain network.  Local user accounts are only given access to the local machine.
Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
I'm a newbie so it's still a little fuzzy to me. When you say, "All the files, AppData, etc will be applied to thee new Network User account.", what would be the practical implications?

For example, if I install a program from that workstation, does it mean the program files will be installed on the server? If I create a new Word document, for example, does it means it will get stored on the server?

Thanks in advance.
Greg HejlPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
No - the program will be installed on the local machine and the settings (appdata) will be stored in the network user folder on the local machine.

If you want these stored on the server there's more configuration needed. (configure share folders, GPO's, mapped drives, etc)

A Network User account gets a SID (id number) that is used to identify the user on domain computers and servers.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
I think I'm beginning to understand. This process ensures that a user gets a consistent desktop, etc., regardless of which workstation he/she logs into.

And this has nothing to do with where the user's Word documents, etc. are stored, correct?
Greg HejlPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Roaming profiles is what gets the consistent desktop across devices.

Ideally you would have the users profiles/documents on the server (which would be better hardware/etc than a desk/lap top)

Everything in the User folder would be in the roaming profile on the server. this would include word documents, etc.

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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Thanks much!

I think the problem may have been that I was using "https", and not "http".
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