computers in AD users & computer don't match with client computers in Server Management

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Bryce, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. Bryce

    Bryce Guest


    I'm trying to figure out why the list of computers in "Client Computers" in
    server management does not match the list of computers in Active Directory
    Users and Computers in the "Computers" folder.

    Shouldn't they match?

    I'm trying to apply a GPO to a couple computers but they don't show up in AD
    Users and Computers, but they do show up in Server Mangement under
    "Computers". I add computers to the domain using Server Mangement and I use
    Active Directory Users and Computers to add Domain Users.

    Thanks for any info on this.

    Bryce, Jun 11, 2005
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  2. I believe the page in Server Management is finding client computers anywhere
    in AD. When you're looking in AD Users and Computers, are you just looking
    in the OU under My Business - SBS Computers (can't remember the exact name
    but you get the point)? Probably the ones you're seeing in the mgmt console
    but not AD are in a different OU.

    You can just locate them in AD and move them to the regular OU with the rest
    of the client computers. I'd do it when they're shut down - I've had
    bizarre results moving items in AD while they're in use.
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jun 11, 2005
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  3. Bryce

    Bryce Guest

    I will begin with that. Thanks.


    Bryce, Jun 12, 2005
  4. Bryce

    Bryce Guest

    When you add a computer through the server management, it appears it puts
    the computer into MyBusiness:Computers:SBSComputers, and not into

    Thanks for that info. Things will be easier now!

    Bryce, Jun 12, 2005
  5. Bryce

    Bryce Guest


    What's the differences/ramifications between having a computer in the
    'Computers' folder under domainname.local and SBSComputers in the MyBusiness

    Bryce, Jun 12, 2005
  6. "Computers" is an Active Directory Container, whereas the one under
    MyBusiness is an "Organizational Unit." (You can tell by the different
    icon). Group policy objects are applied to OUs. This means that anything
    in the Computers container will be covered by domain-wide GPOs only. If you
    use the OU, you can apply GPOs more granularly by having more than one OU
    and applying different policies to each. An example would be that I'm
    running into a situation where I may have to apply different policies to
    laptop users who often work out of the office than I do to the desktop
    machines. That can only be done by putting the laptops and desktops in
    different OUs.

    The other thing is that by using the one under MyBusiness, you're following
    the default SBS practice. IMO that's always a good idea, especially in the
    absence of a reason to do it differently.
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jun 13, 2005
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