What changes does the server make to a client computer

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

When you connect a computer to the server, Windows SBS 2011 Essentials makes a number of changes to the computer so the computer and the server can work together.

The server:

  • Installs the Connector software on the computer.

  • Installs Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on the computer if not already installed.

  • Creates shortcuts on the computer’s desktop to the Dashboard and Launchpad.

  • Configures Windows Firewall ports on the computer to allow the following features to work:

    • Core Networking

    • Remote Desktop

  • Makes the following changes to the computer to facilitate backups:

    • Creates scheduled tasks to run automatic backups.

    • Installs services that manage backup operations with the server.

    • Installs a virtual device driver that is used during file and folder restore.

  • Installs the Health Agent to detect issues and create the corresponding alert notifications.

  • Creates scheduled tasks on the computer for recurring health assessments and to synchronize health alert definitions.

  • Adds services to the computer, which the computer uses to communicate with the server and with other Windows SBS 2011 Essentials features.

  • Opens TCP port 3389 in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP SP3 client computers to allow Remote Desktop.

For information about connecting your computer to the server, see How do I connect my computer to the server?