The SBS 2011 release date (RTM) is supposed to be around Christmas, 2011. This article is a compilation of my notes -- things I have learned first hand. The items are in a rather random order, but I think this list covers most of what is new and different, and it might be helpful to readers who contemplate upgrading.
A single group mailbox can now have members who all have access to the mail in a single public folder. Think:
All IIS sites are back inside the default website again.
SharePoint Disaster recovery can be done regardless of whether the Active directory matchers. BUT THE DATABASE IS NOT TIED TO WINDOWS INTERNAL DATABASE ANYMORE either!
10GB database size limit on SQL 2008 R2 (SharePoint). This will be a call generator and SQL RBS may need to be used. Max usage is 1GB of RAM and MAX processor is 1.
SharePoint disaster recovery method unveiled by MICROSOFT trainer in SBS 7 class. It is in the SharePoint DOC I sent everyone.
There is a registry edit you can make on the source server to make migration of an unhealthy server possible (disable health checks). It was the source of 60% of migration failures.
OWA 2010 will allow drag and drop attachments with Silverlight.
Exchange 2010 supports iCAL integration (like Google calendaring)
Reinstalling CAS role is much simpler in SBS 7 than in the past.
A backup can be mounted now
a. Mount a VSS snapshot backup
c. mount snapshot <name>
WBADMIN to start windows backup
Bind an existing certificate to the default web site
appcmd set site /site.name:Default Web Site/-bindings.[protocol='https',bindinginformation='my old ip:443:']http://forums.iis.net/t/1158284.aspx
SBS 2011 will not allow access to the remote gateway directly. Leverages Remote Desktop Gateway (TCP port 443). It is hidden to prevent misconfiguration.
a. Go to features and install the remote web service (even though it it already installed)
b. dism /online/ enable-feature:gateway-UI
c. dism /online/ enable-DISABLE:gateway-UI
How to create a file of any size you want for testing:
fsutil file creatnew test.txt [size in bytes]
32-Bit hosting is becoming a call generator as may 3rd party apps – install 32 bit directory in IIS – thereby breaking 64 bit browsing completely. Here is the workaround from Microsoft:
Adventure Works needs to migrate their custom website to SBS 2011. This website only runs on 32-bit application pools. To complete this task:
1. Create a new website on port 80, using a host header of “32bit”
2. Create a new app-pool for this website that is 32-bit.
3. Create a “hello world” default.aspx.
4. Make sure you can browse both the normal SBS sites and the new site.
Edit the Global Modules section of C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\configApplicationHost.Config:
<add name="kerbauth" image="C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin\kerbauth.dll" />
<add name="kerbauth" image="C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin\kerbauth.dll" preCondition="bitness64" />
Admin Command prompt:
Appcmd set module dynamiccompressionmodule /lockItem:false Appcmd set module staticcompressionmodule /lockItem:false Appcmd delete module dynamiccompressionmodule /site.name:sitename Appcmd delete module staticcompressionmodule /site.name:sitename
Requires 120 GB Hard drive
Swing Migration not possible (like in the past). The name cannot be re-used
There is a check box to stop the default downloading of Service packs for WSUS
You can now recreate the OWA virtual Directorys in a simpler way.
a. ResetCasService.ps1 script
b. Exports are saved in Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14 as a txt file
c. It is a right-click operation in the GUI
SBS 2010 will not support a 2003 outlook client by default.
MICROSOFT SAYS ISINTEG IS USELESS!!!!! DON’T USE IT!
2007 Database wizard is going away! They are going back to the old isinteg
MailboxRepairRequest is the new way to request mailbox maintenance
New-PublicFolderDatabaseRepairRequest is for public folders.
Public folders are staying and they look to be permanent now.
There is now a PST folder for Exchange 2010 SP1 ! (You don’t need Outlook anymore to backup)
h. MailboxRestoreRequest or Restore-MailBox
SBS Gadgets are removed from the GPO in SBS 2011.
Gadgets are configurable in RWW C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\WebApp\RemoteAccess\Customization\Product\custom.xml
You can adjust which computers you can see in RWW by:
SharePoint on SBS 2011 is SharePoint foundation. AND IS SET UP IN FARM MODE
Subject: Autodiscover info
This article has the registry keys to change the Outlook autodiscover behavior.
Here are the values (all DWORD values, all defaults are zero):
For example, to exclude autodiscover.domain.com you would set
ExcludeHttpsAutoDiscoverDomain to 1