Microsoft Vista and Existing SBS 2003 / XP Networks

November 3, 2008

A New Orleans businessman with a Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 R2 recently called Onsite Computer Services for assistance integrating his new Vista PC into his SBS 2003 R2 / XP network.  There are a few issues when adding a Vista PC to an existing SBS 2003 network that aren’t exactly ‘plug and play.’  Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans recommends the following for trained professionals – don’t try this at home.
There is a wonderful document on Microsoft’s site regarding several issues with using Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 in a SBS 2003 networkSBS_Conceptual.doc offers insight into the major configuration issues and the required updates to simplify the SBS 2003 / Vista marriage.  From that document we highlight the following:
“The “Update for Windows Small Business Server 2003: Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 compatibility (KB 926505)” for the Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server 2003 server software with Service Pack 1 and Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (Windows SBS) includes the following:
•    Support for the Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise versions of the Windows Vista™ operating system (including 32-bit and 64-bit editions). This update does not support Windows Vista Home editions because they do not support business networking or Remote Desktop.
•    Updated Client Deployment tools so you can configure the newer versions of the components in Windows Vista.
•    A change that makes a user who is assigned to a computer that is running Windows Vista an administrator in Admin Approval Mode.
•    Changes to Windows Firewall configuration for client computers that are running Windows Vista.
•    Configuration of the Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007 messaging and collaboration client (MAPI profile, not Outlook deployment) for client computers that are running Windows XP or Windows Vista.
•    A small change in the user experience when joining Windows Vista to the Windows SBS domain using http://server/ConnectComputer to address Internet Explorer 7 in Protected Mode.
•    Changes to Remote Desktop settings that support Windows XP and Windows Vista.
•    Changes to the Power Management settings to support Remote Desktop.”

The update is provided at the Microsoft Web site. For more information about obtaining the update, see the Microsoft Web site (  Additionally, depending on your exact version of the SBS 2003, there are a plethora of other updates that may be required.  Read the Microsoft document for more information.

There is also a wonderful set of links for information on troubleshooting a Vista / SBS 2003 marriage.  Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans hope this helps.

Our client was amazed at the intricacies of the process; however Onsite Computer Services explained SBS 2003 was originally designed for XP clients – before Vista was developed.  Improvements in Vista require provisions in SBS 2003.  Upon completing the project, our client understands why many businesses are opting for new PCs with XP Professional for use in an existing SBS 2003 environment.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.


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