Using Windows 7 BETA With SBS 2008

This article details the known issues with using Windows 7 BETA as a member of an SBS 2008 domain.  The steps in this article are for test purposes only.  If you are using Windows 7 BETA 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.

UPDATED CONTENT: SBS 2008 Update Rollup 3 includes a fix for this issue, so you no longer have to perform the manual steps.  This applies equally to Windows 7 RTM as it does to BETA.  For more information regarding this Update Rollup, visit:

969121  Description of Windows Small Business Server 2008 Update Rollup 3  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;969121

  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 below:
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  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.

IE 8.0 cannot open links on the SBS gadget.

This is a known issue that will be fixed in IE 8.0 before it is officially released.  In the mean time please open the links from your IE favorites or type the URL directly in to the IE address bar.

Vista clients cannot connect to a Windows 7 client using RWW.

You must run IE as an administrator on Vista to be able to connect to a Windows 7 BETA client via RWW.

SupportedOS.xml File contents

<SupportedConfigurations>

  <SupportedOS>
    <!– Name is not used by the code but might be helpful in identifying the OS that is described by these parameters –>
    <!– ExcludedSuite, RequiredSuite, and RequiredProductType are the numbers as specified in the OSVERSIONINFOEX structure –>
    <!– Architecture is the number as specified in the SYSTEM_INFO structure –>

    <OS id="1" Name="Windows XP SP2, x86" Major="5" Minor="1" Build="2600" SPMajor="2" SPMinor="" ExcludedSuite="512" RequiredSuite="" RequiredProductType="1" Architecture="0"/>
    <OS id="2" Name="Windows XP SP2, AMD64" Major="5" Minor="2" Build="3790" SPMajor="2" SPMinor="" ExcludedSuite="512" RequiredSuite="" RequiredProductType="1" Architecture="9"/>
    <OS id="3" Name="Windows Vista, x86" Major="6" Minor="0" Build="6000" SPMajor="" SPMinor="" ExcludedSuite="512" RequiredSuite="" RequiredProductType="1" Architecture="0"/>
    <OS id="4" Name="Windows Vista, AMD64" Major="6" Minor="0" Build="6000" SPMajor="" SPMinor="" ExcludedSuite="512" RequiredSuite="" RequiredProductType="1" Architecture="9"/>
    <OS id="5" Name="Windows 7, x86" Major="6" Minor="1" Build="7000" SPMajor="" SPMinor="" ExcludedSuite="512" RequiredSuite="" RequiredProductType="1" Architecture="0"/>
    <OS id="6" Name="Windows 7, AMD64" Major="6" Minor="1" Build="7000" SPMajor="" SPMinor="" ExcludedSuite="512" RequiredSuite="" RequiredProductType="1" Architecture="9"/>
  </SupportedOS>
</SupportedConfigurations>

You can also download the file here:

supportedOS.xml