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Troubleshooting Windows 7 Beta domain issues with SBS 2008

This article details the known issues with using Windows 7 Beta (download) as a member of an SBS 2008 domain; you may encounter the following issues:

  1. Cannot join Windows 7 client to the domain using http:\\connect.
  2. IE 8.0 cannot open links on the SBS gadget.
  3. Cannot connect to Windows 7 client using RWW.

Using http://connect with Windows 7 BETA.

  1. Make a backup copy of the following file: %programfiles%\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\webapp\ClientDeployment\packageFiles\supportedOS.xml.
  2. Create a new supportedOS.xml file with the content below. Make sure you include everything from <SupportedConfigurations>  to </SupportedConfigurations>.
  3. Open gpmc.msc on the SBS 2008 server box and navigate to the Domains>Domainname>MyBusiness>Computers?SBSComputers?Windows SBS Client Policy.  Select the Details tab and make a note of your GUID as seen in the screenshot.
  4. Open the following folder in explorer: \Windows\sysvol\domain\Policies\{YOUR GUID}\machine\SBS, where YOUR GUID is the one you found in step 3.
  5. Backup and then open the GP.XML file with administrative permissions in notepad.exe.
  6. You will see 3 WMI filters in the file. Change “’6.1.0000’&gt;Version” in all three filters to “’6.2.0000’&gt;Version”.
  7. Save the changes.
  8. Now you can join your Windows 7 Beta client to the domain using connect computer.

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