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Join computers to the new Windows SBS 2011 Essentials network

Published: March 10, 2011

Updated: May 10, 2012

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

The next step in the migration process is to join client computers to the new Windows SBS 2011 Essentials network and update Group Policy settings.

Domain-joined client computers

Browse to http://destination-server/connect and install the Windows Server Connector software as if this was a new computer. The installation process requires network administrator privileges for domain-joined client computers. Network administrator privileges are not required for computers that are not joined to the domain.

Non-domain-joined client computers

Browse to http://destination-server/connect and install the Windows Server Connector software as if this was a new computer. Network administrator privileges are not required.

Ensure that Group Policy has updated

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This is an optional step, and it is only required if the Source Server was configured with custom Group Policy settings such as Folder Redirection.

While the Source Server and the Destination Server are still online, you should ensure that the Group Policy settings have replicated from the Destination Server to the client computers. Perform the following steps on each client computer:

  1. Open a Command Prompt window.

  2. At the command prompt, type GPRESULT /R, and then press ENTER.

  3. Review the resulting output for the section “Group Policy was applied from:” and ensure it lists the Destination Server, such as DestinationSrv.Domain.local. For example:

    USER SETTINGS
    --------------
        CN=User,OU=Users,DC=DOMAIN,DC=Local
        Last time Group Policy was applied: 1/24/2011 at 1:26:27 PM
        Group Policy was applied from:      DestinationSrv.Domain.local
        Group Policy slow link threshold:   500 kbps
        Domain Name:                        Domain
        Domain Type:                        Windows 2003
    
    
  4. If the Destination Server is not listed, at a command prompt, type gpupdate /force, and then press ENTER to refresh the Group Policy settings. Then perform the previous procedure again.

  5. If the Destination Server still does not appear, there may be an error in the Group Policy settings or an error in applying them to this specific client computer. If the Destination Server does not appear, perform the following steps:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type rsop.msc (Resultant Set of Policy), and then press ENTER.

    2. Expand the tree with the “X” on it until you get to a node.

    3. Right-click the node, and click View Error for information about why the Group Policy settings are failing on the computer listed.

Next topic: Move settings and data to the Destination Server for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials migration

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