users in manage server list but not on active directory list

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by news.microsoft.com, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. I find it odd that the users I have setup show up in the server manager
    windows under users, but when looking at the active directory users and
    computers the user names are not listed there. If I try to add them I get
    an error stating the user already exits. same with computer names.

    why would this happen

    thanks

    Jon
     
    news.microsoft.com, Feb 22, 2006
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  2. Jon,

    The users you create via SBS's Add User Wizard would show up in Active
    Directory Users and Computers under
    contoso.local/MyBusiness/Users/SBSUsers

    where contoso.local is your AD domain name.


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    Hope that helps,
    David Copeland
    Microsoft Small Business Server Support

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.


    SBS Newsgroups:

    SBS v4.x: microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz
    SBS 2000: microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz2000
    SBS 2003: microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs
     
    David Copeland [MSFT], Feb 22, 2006
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  3. not really

    I didn't understand your response. but I don't understand. Isn't a user a
    user. shouldn't all the users be in the active directory. I'm not familiar
    with sbs. I have always used the basic server software. why would the sbs
    server make a distinction between users. should I delete these users and
    start over. and create them all from the active directory.

    thanks

    jon
     
    news.microsoft.com, Feb 22, 2006
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  4. Jon,

    When you create a user using SBS's Add User wizard they do get created in
    the Active Directory.. It's just that where they get placed in the AD is in
    the SBSUsers OU (Organizational Unit) instead of the Users Container. With
    the users being placed into an OU instead of the Users Container it gives
    more flexibility in that (if needed) one/more Group Policies can be applied
    to just the SBSUsers OU. In one way you can think of an OU in the Active
    Directory as kinda like a directory on your hard drive.. it's in the AD,
    just a different path to get there.

    Based on your description, it sounds like the users were added using the SBS
    Add User Wizard, and you're not seeing the users being created if you are
    looking in AD Users and Computers under the Users Container. However, you
    try to create the user again and it says it already exists, which as I
    mentioned the SBS Add User wizard does create the user in the AD, but they
    are placed into a different part/location in the AD under the
    MyBusiness/Users/SBSUsers OU structure.

    --


    Hope that helps,
    David Copeland
    Microsoft Small Business Server Support

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.


    SBS Newsgroups:

    SBS v4.x: microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz
    SBS 2000: microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz2000
    SBS 2003: microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs
     
    David Copeland [MSFT], Feb 22, 2006
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    Jon Straub Guest

    ok,

    I see that under my business under active directory the other users are
    listed there.
    I don't think I care about orgainizational units. business is too small.
    can I just move my computers and my users to the main part of active
    directory. I mean I know I can I did, but is there any compelling reason
    not to.

    thanks

    jon
     
    Jon Straub, Feb 22, 2006
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