Vista and Office 2007 on SBS Networks

We’ll be updating the FAQ soon, but we wanted to address a few questions that have come up lately regarding support of Vista Beta 2 and Office 2007 Beta 2 on SBS networks.  The usual caveats about running beta software in production apply, of course.  The goal here is to document things that we know do not currently work.  Here goes:

 

Q: Can I use Windows Vista Beta 2 as a client on my Windows SBS 2003 network?

A: Yes. However, there are currently known issues with using the Connect Computer wizard to connect a Vista client to an SBS 2003 network. We are working with the Vista Team to address these issues. You can use Vista’s Network Identification Wizard to manually join your Vista Beta 2 client to an SBS 2003 network. If you decide to join a Vista client to your network, please remember that Vista is still in the beta stage of development and that you use it at your own risk.

 

Q: Can I use Office 2007 beta 2 on my Windows SBS 2003 network?

A:  Yes. However, Windows SBS 2003 tools will not deploy Office 2007 to client desktops. You must manually install and configure Office 2007 on your clients. In addition, the Office 2007 Server components (WSS 3.0, Groove, etc.) have not been tested on SBS 2003 and should not be deployed on any production servers. If you decide to run Office 2007 beta 2 on your network, please remember that Office 2007 is still in the beta stage of development and that you use it at your own risk.

 

Q: If I find bugs with Windows Vista or Office 2007 and Windows SBS 2003, what should I do?

A: Please report any bugs you find to the appropriate beta product’s team.