Very frustrated with MS Server 2003 SBS

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  1. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    I am trying to add 4 workstations from a WinNT domain to a new
    Win2003-SBS server and domain.

    I have added the computers and users to AD and have changed the domain
    name via My Computer/Properties/....

    The first workstation I tried connect to the new server and domain
    without a hitch. But the other three respond with the error message,
    "The specified service does not exist as an install service."

    I am new to MS Server 2003 & AD, as this project has been dumped upon
    me. Any ideas as to what services do not exist or where I can find this
    info?

    Thanks.

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 13, 2005
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  2. Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Jul 13, 2005
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  3. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    Javier,

    The OS is Win2K, but the ConnectComputer method does not work either.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  4. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    A.J.

    Thanks. I'll try this out

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  5. Alan Chwick

    sbs2003user Guest

    also, consider the network settings. ideally the workstation is set to dhcp
    and the sbs machine is the dhcp server. if you are using some other dhcp
    server then at least set the workstation's dns to the ip address of the sbs
    machine. this is a likely reason why some machines but not others 'see' or
    'connect to' the sbs machine.
     
    sbs2003user, Jul 14, 2005
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  6. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    Thanks. The new server is the DHCP server and the workstation is set for
    dynamic IP.

    Prior to this, DHCP was via a hardware router.

    Again, thanks.

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  7. Marina Roos [SBS-MVP], Jul 14, 2005
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  8. Alan,

    What I found out is that it is best to only add the users and not the
    computers in AD.

    Then I sit at that computer and make it join the new domain from the Network
    Identification tool. It allows me to add the computer right there and I
    avoided a lot of aggravation this way.
     
    Nicolas Verhaeghe, Jul 14, 2005
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  9. Bad advice! Use the Wizards! They do so much for you. The connectcomputer
    Wizard has so many functions I can't list them. Les Conner once listed them
    and it took up many pages. If you want to do it manually fine. Please don't
    advise others to compound their problems by not using the Wizards.
     
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Jul 14, 2005
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  10. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    Marina,

    The exact error is, "The specified service does not exist as an install
    service."

    The DNS is AOK, as I am not getting a not found issue. The server is found.

    What I have done is to add the computers and users to AD. Then I go to
    the workstation and change the domain name via MyComputer/Properties/....

    The first workstation I tried connect to the new server and domain
    without a hitch. But the other three respond with the error message,
    "The specified service does not exist as an install service."

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  11. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    Nicolas,

    Thanks I'll try this as well.

    Do you add the computer from Network ID or from the Properties button as
    a rename? My computers are currently part of a different domain, so I
    have been using Properties to do the join.


    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  12. Hi Alan

    Take the computers from the old Domain to Workgroup status. Then join them
    to SBS with Http://servername/connectcomputer Wizard Logon to Wizard as
    Domain Administrator, after Wizard completes on second reboot logon as
    Administrator and complete setup.
     
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Jul 14, 2005
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  13. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    Frank,

    I have tried and used both and neither gets past the problem msg, "The
    specified service does not exist as an installed service."

    At this point, I could use a definitive procedure to get these units online.

    Should I or not add the computers to AD?

    Should I use ConnectComputer or MyComputer/Properties? If I use
    MyComputer, should I go with PROPERTIES or NETWORK ID?

    Etc.


    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  14. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    I'll try the procedure.

    Thanks.

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  15. Yes the Computers should be added in the Todo list in Server Management
     
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Jul 14, 2005
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  16. Hi Alan,

    1. Disjoin the problem clients computers from the domain, and join a
    workgroup. This is done from My Computer | Properties on the workstation.
    Also, ensure the workstations are set as DHCP clients - restart the
    workstation (don't log on yet).

    2. In AD on the SBS, delete the computer accounts you previously created.

    3. On the SBS, in Server Management | Standard Management | Client
    Computers, click the link 'Set up Client Computers' to run the Add Computer
    Wizard.

    4. Log onto the workstation with local administrative rights, and run >
    http://<servername>/connectcomputer.

    If you join the computer to the domain any other way you'll get a sore head,
    as many of the SBS features will throw a brick when you try and use them.
     
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Jul 14, 2005
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  17. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    Les,

    Thank you.

    I will follow this procedure and let you know what happens.

    Again, thanks.

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 14, 2005
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  18. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    I have now tried some ideas, but to no avail.

    First, to summarize:

    I am trying to add several computers to a new 2003 SBS server with a new
    domain.

    The client workstations are currently under an NT server with a domain.

    I added the computers to AD and went to
    http:\\servername\connectcomputers via the client workstation.

    The first computer went up AOK. No errors.

    The remaining three got the message,"The specified service does not
    exist as an installed service." And the procedure failed.


    What I tried:

    It was suggested that I disjoin the problem computers from their domain
    and join them to a workgroup. Then, add the client computers to AD and
    then do http:\\servername\connectcomputers at the client workstations again.

    Problem - The client workstation will not let me disjoin the client
    computer from its current domain and add them to a workgroup. They all
    get the same message when I try to do this. They get the message, "The
    specified service does not exist as an installed service." This message
    seems to be a very generic message.

    Please, can someone put some light on to what is going on here? I am new
    to MS Win2003 and have been handed this project.

    Frustrated in NY,
    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 18, 2005
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  19. Alan Chwick

    Alan Chwick Guest

    Les,

    I have tried your idea, but to no avail.

    First, to summarize:

    I am trying to add several computers to a new 2003 SBS server with a new
    domain.

    The client workstations are currently under an NT server with a domain.

    I added the computers to AD and went to
    http:\\servername\connectcomputers via the client workstation.

    The first computer went up AOK. No errors.

    The remaining three got the message,"The specified service does not
    exist as an installed service." And the procedure failed.


    What I tried:

    As suggested, I am to disjoin the problem computers from their domain
    and join them to a workgroup. Then, add the client computers to AD and
    then do http:\\servername\connectcomputers at the client workstations again.

    Problem - The client workstation will not let me disjoin the client
    computer from its current domain and add them to a workgroup. They all
    get the same message when I try to do this. They get the message, "The
    specified service does not exist as an installed service." This message
    seems to be a very generic message.

    Any idea as to what is going on here?

    Very frustrated in NY,

    Alan
     
    Alan Chwick, Jul 19, 2005
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  20. What is the OS and service pack level of these workstations?
     
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Jul 19, 2005
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