Assign Computers to Users in RWW, Alias Names for Computers?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by F3, May 13, 2008.

  1. F3

    F3 Guest

    Hello again Everyone,

    In RWW on SBS 2003, how do I assign (or limit) specific computers to
    certain users? For example, how do I limit a Secretary to being able to
    login to only her own desktop at work from home?
    All the desktop computers in this office are named sequentially, such
    as ABC01, ABC02, ABC03, etc. In AD and/or RWW, can I specify alias
    names or rename the computers to reflect which user's
    office/cubicle/workstation each computer is at? I want to do this or
    something like it to make it easier for the Owners/Managers/myself(IT)
    to identify each computer when logging in using RWW remotely. Is it
    possible, or do I just need to publish an alias list in hard copy and
    distribute it to the couple people who'll have the option of logging
    into various computers and/or servers?

    F3, May 13, 2008
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  2. You can rename the computers or you can restrict users as to which computers
    they can logon to but be advised that restricting them restricts them to
    local as well as remote. Publishing a list may suit you better or renaming
    with functional names.
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, May 13, 2008
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  3. Hi Fred,

    There is no workstation assignment that can be done for RWW. I think about
    the best you can do is:

    Server Management | Standard Management | Users | (rt click) a user account
    | Properties | Account (tab) | Log On To...

    Then specify the SBS server plus whatever workstations you want to limit the
    user to. Note that this will apply to remote logons as well as those in the
    office. The SBS needs to be specified so the user can remote in from an
    external computer. (However, this does not give the user log on rights to
    the server itself).

    Another approach may be to remove the Remote Web Workplace group from the
    Remote Destkop Users local group on each workstation. Then add back only
    those users to the Remote Desktop Users local group who will be permitted to
    'remotely' log onto that computer. This approach has the advantage of
    allowing users to log onto any office computer while restricting them to
    only certain computers for remote use.

    In either case, the users will need to know which specific workstations are
    available to them for remote logins.
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], May 13, 2008
  4. Add only her domain account to that workstation's Remote Desktop Users

    No, you'd have to rename them - and I wouldn't. Naming computers after
    people or departments seems silly to me....I like to keep things
    interchangeable and generic. Simply train the users to know what their
    computer names are. I don't even see why a printout would be necessary if,
    say, the assistant is allowed to connect only to her computer.
    If you're going in as an admin, go into the server via RD (via RWW) and then
    use the Server Management page to see and connect to the workstations. I use
    the notes/description field in the computer's properties on the server, to
    keep track of who uses what..... (do *not* use the description field on the
    workstation itself or it will show up funny in the browse list)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], May 13, 2008
  5. Psssst....nope, not if you're just changing the membership of the Remote
    Desktop users group ;-)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], May 13, 2008
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