Small Business Server (SBS) is a line of server operating systems targeted at small businesses by bundling the operating system with a number of other Microsoft products that would normally need to be purchased or licensed separately. The most notable inclusions are Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and ISA/TMG (Microsoft's firewall and proxy server).

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I'm struggling to get exchange 2010 sp3 installed onto an sbs 2011 server. As we are looking at migrating to exchange 2016.

First off, I was having issues where it would report the service for iisadmin wouldn't shut down and would error on the client access role progress bar.
I found a forum where someone had shut the iisadmin manually before the CAS section occurred on a new retry.

At the moment, I now have a server thats been trying to install the hub transport role for 7hrs, I'm assuming this is due to the iisadmin stuck on stopping again.

An idea how I can get this installed.

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Hi, I am trying to join my computer to our domain but I unable to do so due to issues with discovering the name server. when i run nslookup it returns with a server unknown with an IP V6 address. I have a slight inclination as to the issue is but could not know how to troubleshoot it. On the DNS server someone as crated both multiple host records with different names pointing to the same IP address in both IPV4 and IPV6. However the IPV4 records in  SBS Server 2011 can have reverse lookup records where as IPV6 do not. I know IPV6 should have the capability to do a reverse lookup. Please help.
I have a Dell poweredge 110.  Server 2008 SBS. Raid 1 with two drives. Perc s100.
I thought that it should be able to boot with just one drive but it does not. I pulled up the configuration CTRL-R. It now says "Raid1, 499GB, Failed(R/W). However it does not show that the physical drive is bad.

I tried making a new drive a hot swap drive following these dialogs but I don't think a rebuild will even start with that virtual disk having failed.
Anything I can do?
Windows SBS 2011 single-server domain.  DC boots up but directory services does not start.  Netlogon service fails with 0xc000064.  ADUS, ADSS, tools will not start - stating invalid interface.  Users cannot access network shares, printers, etc.  Netdom query fsmo errors with invalid interface.  DCDiag shows cannot connect to DC.  Have already tried last known good configuration.  Your thoughts would be very appreciated.
I have a SBS 2003 running Exchange (yes, i know it's well past its sell-by date) and I've just replaced my iPhone with a Samsung Android phone.
The email app on the iPhone connected and synced quite nicely but I'm having a problem with the Android. The pre-installed Outlook app doesn't connect because I think Exchange is too old. I've tried a few other email apps but not had any success connecting so far.

Does anyone know of an Android email app that will connect to my Exchange server?
I'm upgrading my on-prem SBS 2008 server to 2016 Standard. I was performing a one-way sync to Azure. What is the best way to go about pulling down the data in Azure to my new 2016 server?
Hello all,

This is gonna be a long one but i'll try to keep it short enough :)

Our client was using and old SBS 2011 and a SERVER 2012 Standard that is running a custom application.
The application is using SQL express 2012 but its an old application that has no support on it.
(both virtual servers are running on ESXI 6.0.0, 2494585)

So we migrated the SBS 2011 to a SERVER 2016 Standard but since the migration our client is getting network errors in
the application that was running on the existing Server 2012.  They are getting errors like "Cannot find part of path X:\Data\Locks" and "an unknow network error has occured".
Sometimes the error will only show after 4hours, then after 8hours, then after 2minutes of 15minutes, without any pattern or anything I can test on.
No error logs are being made by the application or the server. And we have no support anymore from the creator of the application.

As far as I can see the network share is always available. Altho I got a few reports from the client that the X:\ share had a red cross on it,
but only for a second then it was available again. I however never see this during my tests.

Are there any know situations that cause network errors after a migration to a new DC ?
I'm not getting any DNS or DHCP errors.

To be sure, here is some more info:

We migrated the Exchange 2010 to Office 365, moved all the roles, data, dns, dhcp to the new server but we did not touch
the server 2012 that was running …
I have a netbook (remember those!?).  It's a Toshiba with an Atom N280 processor, 2GB ram and a 160GB platter hard drive (Im only using 35GB of it).  It's running win 7 STARTER

IT 'works' but whatever you need to do on it just takes soooo long.

That's the max amount of ram it can take.  Any way to tell what replacing the drive with an SSD would do?  And maybe use some of the drive as RAM / swap file, etc?  Would that make a difference?  Or the boat anchor processor will kill it anyway?

damn, makes my skin crawl looking at what I am playing with

hundreds?!  When 'normal' chips are thousands!?
A client got a win 10 home PC after I told him I could get a PC for him and if he wanted to get it, be sure it comes with Win 10 Pro and to send me pics when at the store (they have sbs server).

So it's an HP small desktop with i5 processor,  12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive.  He.... wants to 'upgrade' to win 10 Pro, which really means wipe the drive and install pro from scratch, right?

Do you see any issues with getting it up and running on Pro? Not sure the exact model, but if it's running from the factory on Win 10 Home, then it'll run Win 10 Pro just as well?

and yeah, that's the process - wipe and install?

gotta buy:

no upgrade path.  anything else out there for less than the $200 is scam / VL / something not legit?

How much time would you say that will take? To get it to a win 10 machine ready to get on the SBS network?  1 hour? 2?
Haven’t had to deal with this in a while but have a client we handle LAN tasks for. Their current web/ imap / pop mail host lowered mailbox limits to unusable numbers.

They don’t want to go to o365.

I’ve used hostgator reseller account for years but in thinking of moving them there I remember how we have wanted to get away from hostgator for so long. Their service / support works just enough to keep my inertia on moving at bay.

I know HG (and many other hosts) are part of a much larger holding company.

Is there any good hosting company you’d recommend? Or warn about?
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Very rusty with this. Working on an SBS 2010 standard.  Mail is not going out.  It's the weekend.  I see 58 emails in the send connector queue.

The connector was set up years ago to use a web / email hosting company as smarthost.   it's talking about authentication errors.  If the hosting company stopped that account  set up in the send connector, what other options do we have?

What companies are out there to let us use as a smart host? Why do we need a smart host? Why not be able to just push the emails out onto the web?  And how would we set that uo?

talks of choosing use dns and MX to route mail.  Can we just use that? What's the pros / cons of doing that?  And /or how do you set up a 2nd smart host entry - if it can't send mail with first, smarthost, failover to 2nd?
Hoping that someone will be able to point me in the right direction for this rather strange problem which has me stumped!

A user on an SBS2011 domain (so running Exchange 2010) has lost over a years worth of emails from her inbox and we are unable to find them.  She has the last months worth of messages and emails from before December 2017, but anything from between January 2018 and the middle of August 2018 have vanished. She accesses her email using Outlook 2010 on a Windows 7 pro desktop PC and via the native mail app on an iPhone. No other configured mail client and she doesn't know the URL for the OWA.

So far I have done the following:

- Checked the view settings on both her phone and Outlook, both are set to show all emails with only the default views configured, so the messages aren't just hidden.
- Confirmed that the messages are missing by accessing her account via OWA.
- Checked the "recently deleted" items from her Outlook. Nothing found other than the rubbish that she has deleted.
- Asked whether she has archived any emails. She doesn't know how to archive emails manually. I have searched her PC and shared network resources for .pst files and found no recent (ie, within the last two years) files.

I find it rather strange that messages could have vanished without any trace - Any help in finding these would be greatly appreciated!
On a SBS2011 domain which is currently at Windows 2003 functional level, I would like to add another domain controller. What would be the correct steps required to do this?

The SBS2011 Server's basic information shows the edition as "Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard".  It was purchased as SBS2011 premium edition; I understand as an add-on which allows for additional Servers to function on the domain. How can I add a small Server 2016 as a domain controller as protection before we migrate to another Server which will replace SBS2011?
I need a Step by Step Guide to migrating Exchange 2010 from Windows SBS 2011 to new hardware running Windows Server 2016 (DC).  I am not terribly familiar with the Exchange Powershell system so need to know how to do this via the Management Console if possible.  The existing Windows SBS 2011 server (DC) will remain in service but only for a short time as hardware is well past its sell buy date.  Many thanks
I am using Windows SBS Console 2011 and the backup disk became full and replaced it with another 4TB external drive and reconfigured Server backup schedule but it is not working. Below the errors I get on the backup history. The external harddisk detects and the backup configuration completes but the backup failed. Please assist.

error one
One of the backup files could not be created.
The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

error two
Server Backup did not finish successfully on 9/8/2018 9:00 PM. See the Event Log for details.
Sorry, this is such a NOOB question, but I'm asking it : (

Setting up a new user in SBS 2011 Standard.  Exchange is running on the server.

When the user goes to OWA, there's no contacts listed.   Shoulnd't that be populated with the GAL (the iist of users on the domain).

Someone new starts at the company and doesn't know how people's email addresses.

And is there a way to hide some people from the published GAL list?
This is likely networking 101, but.... I'm stuck.

SBS 2011 server at location A ( subnet)
Location B is connected to location A with VPN, subnet  The router at location B currently gives out public DNS IP addresses

What's the right way to set things up for domain added laptops running win 10 pro at location B to be able to access shares on the server like \\serer\files?  The server is the domain controller.  There's only that 1 server.

Use a Hosts file?  It has that now with entries:

server.domainname.local (is this needed?)

When they click on a mapped drive, a windows security box pops up asking for credentials, and even though we check 'remember my credentials', it asks again after a reboot.  This window ALSO says 'the system cannot contact a doimain controller to service the authentication request.  Please try again later.

You click OK after adding credentials, get to the files and all is fine.  till a reboot.

What do I need to do so it can get to the domain controller across the VPN?

Why doesn't it save the credentials after a reboot?

Why does it even ask for the credentials - the user and password entered when logging in are the credentials.

I am using SBS Console 2011 with folder redirection for desktop and documents. One of the users computer has got a problem with the motherboard so I gave him another laptop to use. When he logs in, he can find files on desktop and documents through his profile but the files are very outdated almost 10 months ago. The user has made so many projects which were saved on his documents which he cannot see them. I checked from the server on the folderredirection folder and took ownership of the documents folder to check but probably it has synced with the outdated files as I cannot find the files he is looking for.
Kindly assist as the files created will take a lot of time to redo, I am not sure where it synced from that is showing the outdated files.
Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

SBS 2011 standard running exchange - 10 users have been set up for years - laptops at home, on the LAN and at a remote location connected by VPN
Their website is at a web hosting company.

Added a win 10 PC with Office 2016 at the remote location.

when opening outlook for that user's account, he'd get prompted for his password, and warnings about the certificate is  doesn't have the correct name, etc.

Running the microsoft remote connectivity analyzer for autodiscover it says:  Connectivity Test Successful with Warnings

under that it says: The Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer is attempting to test Autodiscover for
       Autodiscover was tested successfully.

Looking at things, it keeps trying to get to which resolves to the web server, not SBS box.  Can I just drop the autodiscover.xml from the SBS box onto the web server in a new autodiscover directory that doesn't currently exist?

Where should autodiscover.xml be located?  on the SBS box? on the web page?

There doesn't seem to be an autodiscover entry in the DNS zone.

I added an A record and pointed it to the sbs server.

pinging resolves to the SBS box.

But the Microsoft analyzer seems to have the web server IP cached?

This has been working for existing users.  Does Office 2016 and Exchange 2010 on SBS 2011 not play nice?
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I guess I really don't know what I am doing.

Working on an SBS 2011 Standard machine on subnet

There's a vpn to a remote location

A new laptop at the remote site with windows 10 / office 2016 keeps getting an error about the certificate.  It says the name on the security cert is invalid or does not batch the name of the site.

Clicking on view cert, it says it's issued to:   issued by let's encrypt authority x3 with valid date of 8/14/18 to 11/12/18

WE DO have a certifficate for the domain issued by comodo.  From a browser, if you type, you get to the owa page and it says it's secured with the comodo cert.

anyone know where the lets encrypt certificate is coming from?

Other laptops at that remote location are working fine for email.
Posted a previous question about removing the password from a PDF that I DO have the password for.  Just to simplify opening it going forward (accountant emailed tax returns with our SSN on them).  Different ways to do that, but printing to a new PDF is 1 way and seems to be (for me) the cheapest / simplest way.

Touches on another issue that I've wondered about for a long time.

Printing  a PDF (or even a web page or text doc, etc) to PDF using different apps can yield wildly different size documents.

Any (free preferred) app that you like for printing to PDF ... and makes small resulting files?

I know with this password protected file (monochrome text), the original was 90KB and any app I tried using to make a PDF resulted in files that  was hundred Kilobytes / megabytes.

And even PDF Forge - for a password protected PDF, it won't even print to PDF (at least when viewing it from Adobe Reader.

From PDF Forge forum:

it isn't really up to us, this is a Ghostscript "feature". Ghostscript is what PDFCreator uses internally to convert the Postscript print data to PDF and other formats.
The idea behind it (I guess) is that you can't use Ghostscript to strip protection from PDF files. Even though the settings allow print, printing it to a virtual PDF printer will basically remove the user password for you, so it is really something different than printing it to a piece of paper. On the other hand, if you have the password and you can view/copy all content …
Hi everybody,
(please excuse my English, i'm french).

I've got a SBS 2011 installed (since 2012).
We got problems with Exchange since few days :
- error message with POP3Connector (but mails are downloaded, so it's not the most important for the moment),
- all sent mails go to queue and are not delivered : that important! very important.

Mail provider is OVH

The error message in queue file is :
451 4.4.0 Primary target IP address responded with "535. 5.7.8 Error : authentification failed : UGFzc3dvcmQ6." Attempted failover to alternate host, but that dit not succeed. Either there are no alternate hosts, or delivery failed to all alternate hosts".

Could you help me please? I don't know how to solve this problem.

Thaaaaaaanks a lot.
inetpub logfiles folder has a large folder in it - I am getting 233MB log files almost every day... seems to be mostly the same thing over and over.  I have no idea what this is.  Can someone point me in the right direction?

2018-08-04 00:00:00 fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 POST /ApiRemoting30/WebService.asmx - 8530 oac\OAC2$ fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+MS+Web+Services+Client+Protocol+2.0.50727.8762) 200 0 0 0
2018-08-04 00:00:00 fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 POST /ApiRemoting30/WebService.asmx - 8530 oac\OAC2$ fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+MS+Web+Services+Client+Protocol+2.0.50727.8762) 200 0 0 0
2018-08-04 00:00:00 fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 POST /ApiRemoting30/WebService.asmx - 8530 oac\OAC2$ fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+MS+Web+Services+Client+Protocol+2.0.50727.8762) 200 0 0 15
2018-08-04 00:00:00 fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 POST /ApiRemoting30/WebService.asmx - 8530 oac\OAC2$ fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+MS+Web+Services+Client+Protocol+2.0.50727.8762) 200 0 0 0
2018-08-04 00:00:00 fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 POST /ApiRemoting30/WebService.asmx - 8530 oac\OAC2$ fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+MS+Web+Services+Client+Protocol+2.0.50727.8762) 200 0 0 0
2018-08-04 00:00:00 fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 POST /ApiRemoting30/WebService.asmx - 8530 oac\OAC2$ fe80::567:2506:6691:f65d%17 

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I am struggling to get RDS functioning on a SBS 2011 network with attached Windows 2016 sever.  Here's what happened.  Joined the W2016 server to the SBS domain, and installed 50 RDS license on the W2016 server and the RDS Licensing role, on recommendation that the primary DC should not also be the RDS Licensing server.  Things appeared to work for a while (possibly becuase within the 180day RDS licence grace period).   Then as a separtae issue, multiple overnight (8hr) power outgaes caused AD corruption and the need to make a fresh install of SBS2011 server, join the W2016 server to the "new" SBS domain.  

1) Now the RDS licenses are shown as present, but not active, it seems that I need to revoke them, tell Microsoft why, and then re-install them?
2) The overall objective is to have our remote office users access line of business applications that are installed on the W2016 sever via RDS.  I don't understand which roles should be with the SBS2011 DC and which roles with the W2016 server:   RD Gateway, RD Web Access, RD Session Host, RD Connection Broker.

I attach some screen shots of what we have.   Guidance would be appreciated!

GrahamScreenshot of W2016 ServerRDS Licensing PageRDS Diagnostics
The so called "ENTERPRISE " support for Backup Exec at Veritas have become worse for every year but we have continued to use Backup Exec anyway. But last week I have tried to deal with a server crasch for a customer and realised that we must find another software / company with sharp support guys in the other end of the phone line :-)

So, what are the alternatives?

The need are quite basic but professional:
Our customers are small with one single domain controller, often with SBS server 2011 (server 2008) or similar. Exchange running as well on this single server.
Maybe one or two more members in the domain exist ( standard windows servers) but they are not DC:s.
We are looking to something similar with backup exec with the capacity of scheduled backups to disk folders and tapes, backup of files and systems as well as exchange and sometimes sql server. In short, a good and complete backup solution för a SBS server :-)

We also need something similar to Backup Exec:s SDR (system disaster recovery) where you can create a boot DVD for use in total crasch situation.

And most of all, when disaster occur and a whole company is unable to work due to a server crasch, then there must be a tech support who can give you the right advice at the first phone call.






Small Business Server (SBS) is a line of server operating systems targeted at small businesses by bundling the operating system with a number of other Microsoft products that would normally need to be purchased or licensed separately. The most notable inclusions are Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and ISA/TMG (Microsoft's firewall and proxy server).