[This post courtesy of Steven Goddard]
This post goes over the different ways to join a client to the SBS 2008 network and differences.
This method replaces the http://server/connectcomputer method. http://connect is a simpler url to remember, you don’t need to know or remember the server name. The goal of the web page is to do some pre requirements checking and guide the user through the experience before the Connect Computer program start. If we can detect the OS and browser version, specific instructions to that configuration are shown are shown on the web page to guide the user through the series of prompts they will see before the Connect Computer program starts. If we can’t detect that, a general set of instructions are presented.
Once you select “Start Connect Computer Program”, the wizard will start.
Note: see KB957708 if you the client machine can’t get to http://connect.
The second method involves creating portable media. Via the SBS 2008 Console, you can copy the Connect Computer launcher to portable media like a USB key. Then you can walk to each machine, plug in the USB key, and start the program (launcher.exe) that will download and start the Connect Computer wizard.
The wizard to do this is called “Connect Computers to your network” on the Getting Started Tasks and on the Network.Computers page. The wizard is a quick wizard. After the first page, you will need to select “Copy the program to portable media”.
Then, select the location to put the program.
Followed by the confirmation and the instructions how to run the program.
What is different between http://connect and the portable media method? They both launch the Connect Computer wizard (to be covered in a forthcoming post). However, if you can’t get to http://connect due to networking issues (lets say you are still getting DNS info via the router), you will get page not found. Running launcher locally, if it can’t get to the server, it will do a repair network. This will include doing an ipconfig release and renew. At this point, the client machine should get an IP from the SBS server, and able to get to the package to download the connect computer wizard.
Native domain join
You can always still natively domain join computers. The Connect Computer program only supports XP SP2 and above, Vista. So for older OS’s or server SKU’s, you will have to natively join them to the domain.