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Windows 7 with SBS 2003

WindowsIf you've tried to join a SBS 2003 domain with Windows 7, you may have run into the following error message:

To join the small business server domain you must be a member of the local administrators

The first thing you should try to do is to follow all steps listed in Microsoft Support:


However, if you're like me, you'll still get the same error message, even though the account you're working from is an administrator account. What I found is that it turned out to be an easy fix. You just have to enable the built in Administrator account, and then run the setup wizard from that account.

There are several ways to enable the built in Administrator account. Here's one.

  1. Run 'secpol.msc' from the Start menu.
  2. Go to Local Policies -> Security Options
  3. Double Click on 'Accounts: Administrator account status'
  4. Click 'enabled'
  5. Click OK

Once the Administrator account has been enabled, log off, then log back on as Administrator, and then try to run the client setup wizard from the server.

If you're still having problems after that, then you're worse off than I was, and I don't know how to help you.


Thanks for posting this helpful article.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to start 'secpol.msc' but you did put me on the right track.

The way I achieved the same result was to right click IE and run as administrator and then run the setup wizard. This way you also keep the security benefit of having a restricted account for your normal windows usage.

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