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You might be able to find 'practices' (or ways of doing this), I doubt you'll find 'best practices'. Best practice to managing windows desktops would be to do it in a Windows environment.


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You can't create a trust relation with an SBS server domain and another, existing domain. We migrated from SBS2003 to individual Server 2003 and Exchange 2003 servers for this reason. We found that the migration path is weakly supported by MS, and I was worried to death that it wouldn't work. We invested in a pack from www.sbsmigration.com to help us ...


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Small-business-server is designed for just that use-case, it's a very strong product. As for hardware, we can't really recommend anything since needs are very dependent upon just what you do there and how it gets done.


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It would generally refer to the practice of running a Type 2 hypervisor on top of Windows, with some kind of Virtual Machine running inside. An example would be VMWare Workstation. You install the VMWare Workstation software onto Windows and then, within that, VMWare simulates another machine. For example, you may be running Windows 7 but choose to install ...


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As much as I hate to say it, but if all the desktops are windows, I'd say you need windows SBS. Very easy and straightforward to install and set up for a SOHO. If you ave the time, and especially the knowledge, sure, you can install Linux (why Ubuntu when there's Debian and CentOS available escapes me, but it's your choice). It will do everything you need, ...


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First of all, SCE is overkill for 5-6 desktop machines. WSUS is probably a better option and is free. You haven't said much about what exactly has failed. Was it a part in the machine? Is this a dusty environment? My primary support environment is approximately 40 users with approximately 10 servers (not including virtualized). We buy Dell machines ...


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Why not host the website somewhere else? Why do you HAVE to host onsite? I recommend you use a VPS or some other hosted service. Those bandwidth choices are really terrible and I doubt you'll be able to maintain any kind of reasonable uptime.


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You're looking at residential connections. Remember, you can often get Comcast business internet with a better service level agreement and different terms of service. Personally, there's nothing wrong with getting an unmanaged dedicated server or VPS somewhere remote via a respectable web hosting company.


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It's not possible. If you give someone Domain Admin, anything that you put in place can be skirted. If you don't want this new admin to have unchecked powers right away, then you'll need to take him out of the Domain Admins group. You can make a new group and delegate only what you want him to be able to do to that new group. The Delegation Wizard in ADUC ...


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We've had situations where policies weren't "taking" properly; usually running (as administrator at the prompt on the client) "gpupdate /force" would refresh the policy. It can also depend on how long your refresh period is as to when the client got the updated policy off the server.


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If your email and other needs are met elsewhere then you might like to look Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation edition. This allows up to 15 users. It can act as a domain controller as long as it is attached to the domain root (presumably to stop larger enterprises using Foundation edition as departmental servers attached to the enterprise domain). While ...


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Due to the fact the company only has 10 employees and doesn't need anything drastic, I'd recommend Microsoft SBS 2011 (Microsoft Small Business Server 2011). This would easily be able to cope with your needs, it's easy to manage and can hold up to 75 users if you go for the "Standard" edition or 25 if you go for the "Essentials" edition. Regarding ...


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If you go to your Active Directory Users and Computers console (under Administrative Tools), you should be able to select multiple users inside a single OU and delete them all at once: This should make it a lot quicker. (that screenshot was taken on an SBS2011 machine, but it's pretty much the same on 2003).


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SBS includes Sharepoint (Windows Sharepoint Services - WSS) which can do basic document sharing over HTTP. More info from TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/sharepoint/bb684453


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Have you tried using the following registry value? This usually works with integrated authentication (not basic/forms authentication). Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters Value: AuthForwardServerList Type: Multi-string Refer to the following document for more information: Prompt for Credentials When ...


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This is a case where you REALLY need to hire an expert to help you get the environment straightened out. Your initial assessment is correct: you are walking in a minefield any time you touch this system. A machine which has been left in a corner to accumulate neglect for an extended period is not the kind of challenge someone with very little server ...


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I know cloning/moving DCs is generally unsupported, Really? I Do not. CLONING - yes (as the SSID is identical and a DC is critical on that - they need separate identities). MOVING? Where you get that from? I never heard that and it would make any maintenance on the host simply impossible. Use export - do not JUST copy the VHD. Btw., if you upgraded to ...


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First off, Windows Server Essentials is the replacement for Windows Small Business Server, which was discontinued/renamed with the release of Windows Server 2012. Previous versions of Small Business Server were available with integrated versions of other products Microsoft offered commercially (MS SQL server, SharePoint and Exchange), and the required ...


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The forwarding options on a mailbox enabled user don't allow for forwarding to multiple recipients (that I'm aware of) so my guess, based on the fact that two users are listed in the recipient field, is that this is actually a ditribution group. Have you verified that Customer Service is a user mailbox and not a Distibution Group? Try creating a custom ...


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You're looking at the wrong set of properties. In ADD&T right click the "root" object, not the "domain" object, select properties, and add the UPN suffix.


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As far as I'm aware you cannot have trust relationships with SBS 2003, which would have been useful here. If you don't mind spending some pennies then you could purchase the SBS 2003 transition pack which will migrate the SBS 2003 domain to a Windows 2003 domain. More info can be found here


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Here's an article related to setting this up in Exchange Server 2007. http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/12/28/432013.aspx


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Really, just hang in the community of SysAdmins and let the goodness rub off and the badness roll off. Read blogs, hang on forums, don't be afraid to ask questions and let the flames burn the dross off (should any come your way... which I hope not). I'll give you some pointers to groups and resources I like: SysAdmin Network (A little slow, but there are ...


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Starting from the outside in. DNS Active Directory will need Dynamic DNS of some kind. If your existing DNS servers can't do that, then you'll need to use different DNS servers for just the AD domain itself. This is actually a pretty common config. The DNS domain used by Active Directory is something else than where you receive your mail (example: if you're ...


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Sounds like a pretty straightforward deployment. It sounds like you've already created your domain. Since you're using SBS, be aware that the existing SBS machine will be forced to hold all the Active Directory flexible single-master roles. That's probably not a big deal, but the 75 user limit in SBS might be. While SBS makes for an attractive price-point ...


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Are you running an Open Relay? If not then I believe you do have a virus. It's time to find the culprit, do that fast otherwise you'll get your domain blacklisted. Something like this happened to me a long time ago and it was I was running an open relay. Run this site to see if you're running an Open Relay: http://www.checkor.com/ Check this thread for ...


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Try to identify if the MAC address belongs to any equipment on your network. You can lookup vendor addresses here. Do you have a wireless access point on your network, is it secured? look for the MAC addresses of any connected devices. You can normally view these from the access point. Do you have any virtual machines running on any of the workstations or ...


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Is there any chance that someone is running ettercap or similar arp cache poisoning style attack on your network?



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