Adding an existing AD User to the SBS 2011 Console

Posted by SteveHardie | On: Aug 07 2011

After migrating from a Server 2003 Active Directory, to a Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation, I found that the migration did not import the existing AD users and computers into the SBS 2011 console.

A quick google search found this simple fix:

  1. Optional. Using the Active Directory Users and Computers console, move your users to the MyBusiness/Users/SBSUsers Orginization Unit.
  2. Open ADSI Edit from administrative tools
  3. Right click ADSI Edit and Connect to… and click Ok keeping the default values
  4. Browse to the user you want to import to the SBS 2011 Console
  5. Richt click the user, and select Properties
  6. Find the setting msSBSCreationState and set the value to Created
  7. Save the changes, and repeat for other users.


  1. Matt says:

    Thanks very much for this post, helped me out today 🙂

  2. Johannes says:

    Thanks a lot. Saved my day

  3. Awesome! Couldn’t get VPN accounts to connect without enabling the remote access from SBS console which for the life of me I couldn’t figure a workaround for… Boy SBS is a pain.

  4. Thank you very much for this. We have a few admin type users that were not created through the SBS console, and couldn’t assign them to get notifications in the SBS console because they aren’t listed there.

    This work around is really valuable.

  5. LK7R says:

    Thx m8, saved me some time.

  6. Leonard says:

    Oh help ! Have to remember using the console for everything BEFORE doing things the server2008 way. But this workaround saved me for starting over from scratch. Thanks a lot ! ( Hope there are no more surprises beyong the surface…)

  7. Mike says:

    wow that was easy! this fixed the problem I was having with the error: problem loading gadget on RWW. As soon as the user was added to the console she could remote into her computer from the RWW site. thanks steve!

  8. Laurent says:

    Merci !
    Thanks for your precious help and detailed screenshots!

  9. Steve says:

    Or, do it the easy way!… just run edit/create a “User Role” to your liking within the SBS2011 Console, then use the “Change User Role For User Accounts” wizard within the SBS2011 Console, ticking the “Display All User Accounts in AD” tickbox. Select the accounts in question, run the wizard, job done… The accounts now correctly show up in the SBS2011 console!

  10. Helen says:

    Thanks – saved me an hour of recreating new accounts!!

  11. Mark says:

    Thanks for this!

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