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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Have a bit of an odd issue.  SBS 2011/Exchange 2010 configured with 2 email domains,

Email is flowing fine for both domains.

A UCC certificate is installed with,,,,

External DNS for the 2nd email domain,, is set to use an SRV record, pointing to

Trying to configure Outlook 2016, running on Win 10 Home (not domain joined),  for the second email domain.  This is for a salesperson to use always outside of the office.

Finds the configuration xml fine, Allowed the installation of the autodiscover record

Problem is a user with email address cannot login.  Have tried domain\user, with correct password and Outlook setup keeps failing.

Happens on multiple machines

User is not in the office.  Configuration is occurring externally.

Logging in as the user using OWA works fine.

MS Testexhangeconnectivity, using both Activesync (including syncing the inbox), and testing autodiscover, passes with flying colors.

Just can’t get the server to accept the users credentials.

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I'm trying to get a text thread (with someone with a droid? their text bubbles are green) off an iphone. Yes, we can do screen captures of each page.  that's tedious and kinda long.

I looked on line and played with ifunbox and a couple other apps / iphone file browsers (phone is NOT jailbroken (is that a thing these days)).

None of those were successful / I didn't even know where to look for the thread.

But one - ibackup viewer has a free and paid version. Using the free version, it had me backup the phone with itunes then it read the backup file and easily let me export the thread as text - cute that it right and left justified the text from each person like it shows on the phone. And each was time stampld..  

it also lets you export the conversation as a PDF with colored text bubbles. Very nice!!!.. but the free version says 'demo' all over it. Understandable. Lets you try the product and if you need that feature, you buy the app.

But anyone know of other apps that will do this (pull off conversation as text or even better as PDFs / more graphical). Free or paid.  Just want to know if I was using the free apps wrong or there's more fully featured paid apps before I lay out $$

Bonjour à tous,

j'ai un petit souci sur un serveur Exchange 2010 hébergé dans un SBS 2011. Depuis quelques jours/semaines il envoie des SPAMS depuis des adresses extérieures au domaine. A tel point que l'IP publique a été en blacklist.

Visiblement il n'est pas en Open Relay mais dans la file d'attente d'exchange je vois bien que des mails SPAMS essayent de partir en destination d'utilisateurs du domaine local.

Avez-vous une idée de où cela peut-il bien provenir et comment m'en prémunir?

Pour info, j'ai déjà testé d'éteindre tous les ordis du réseau en ne laissant que le serveur tourner et toujours pareil. J'ai également scanné le serveur avec Hijackthis, Glary utilities, spybot, Mbam et adwcleaner. J'avais quelques cochonneries mais le problème persiste toujours.

Merci d'avance.
Hi, we have a situation where 2 disks are failing at once on an SBS 2008 server, as a result we can't rebuild the array and the server is randomly shutting down. It's 7 years old and needs to be replaced.  There is a newer 2012 server installed on the domain but we are struggling to make that a domain controller, when we try to make it a domain controller in Server Manager we end up with an error at the last stage referring to a disk error which we believe is related to the failing SBS server. Because it's failing we're unable to complete the steps required to promote this box to a DC and then port DNS/DHCP etc to it.  Can anyone suggest any ways we can force the 2012 box to become a DC without it having full co-operation from the SBS server?

Many thanks


For every 5 min. I get this error. The server is SBS2011. Any suggestion?

- System
  - Provider
   [ Name]  Microsoft-SharePoint Products-SharePoint Foundation Search
   [ Guid]  {1C415899-58B3-4BFC-9236-105E7FD38719}

   EventID 14
   Version 14
   Level 3
   Task 174
   Opcode 0
   Keywords 0x2000000000000000
  - TimeCreated
   [ SystemTime]  2017-10-17T12:35:33.127880700Z
   EventRecordID 901361
  - Execution
   [ ProcessID]  16876
   [ ThreadID]  16628
   Channel Application
   Computer servername.domain.local
   - Security
   [ UserID]  S-1-5-21-815571854-3579858326-2696300566-1161

- EventData

  string0 sts4s://{f3abbd91-19a0-4df9-b84e-efaf26417195}
  string1 Context: Application 'Search_index_file_on_the_search_server', Catalog 'Search' Details: An unrecognized HTTP response was received when attempting to crawl this item. Verify whether the item can be accessed using your browser. (0x80041204)
I got a 2011 SBS server. Got our mails in office 365 cloud. Server does not have any exchange roles.
But still am getting this "MS Exchange auto discover error" everyday about 50 times in application log. but no problems have came so far with our emails.

But still am concerned why its happening.
Have attached a screenshot of the server. Could anyone please help me with this.
Exchange auto discover errorapp-log-error-2.JPG
I have 1 machine that was affected by this issue.  I followed the steps in:

and am uninstalling the packages (step 10).  Once I connect to the internet, what's to stop the machine from getting those same patches again?

It's on a workgroup and we're using solarwinds RMM tool to push patches.  I don't see the delta patches in the RMM tool. So it got the patches some other way?  this machine is in a workgroup of 4 machines so there's no WSUS server on the network.

Hi - I need help (in so many ways) but especially with Remote Desktop, Server 2016 and SBS 2011.  A client was running PowerEdge 840's for an application server (Efrieght) and SBS 2011.   4 months ago the application server died and we replaced it with a PowerEdge T-330 running Server 2016.  I did not set it on the domain because we had planned on swapping out the 2nd 840 for a PowerEdge 320, which we did 45 days ago.  
I still did not make the Server 2016 a domain client.  The users access the 2016 server through Remote Desktop.  Initially i purchased 5 (there are 5 users) user licenses for remote access but was advised that that would not provide remote desktop access, so up until today, the clients were running Remote Desktop without a problem.
Now we are getting an error saying there no Remote Desktop Licenses available.
Obviously I am confused - what do i need to do and what kind of licenses do I need?
Any help would be appreciated.
On a simple office desktop - not worried about high quality graphics / redraw refresh, etc...

The new dell optiplex 3050 has DisplayPort & HDMI connectors.

The monitor has VGA (the 15 pin 3 row blue connector) and DVI (the white connector).

Thoughts on which connector to use at each end?  I would think either at each end is fine for typing word docs, speadsheets,  the occassional funny video on youtube.

I guess it comes down to the ease / cost of the cable to convert from 1 end (DisplayPort or HDMI) to (VGA or DVI).

Hi Experts,

I'm in the process of migrating from Exchange 2010 on SBS 2011 to standalone Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016.
I'm having problems with mail flow from the old Exchange 2010 Server to the new Exchange 2016 Server.  This is what I've got so far:
  • Exchange 2010 users send and receive to the Internet ok
  • Exchange 2010 users send to internal recipients within Exchange 2010 ok
  • Exchange 2016 users sends to recipients within Exchange 2010 ok
  • Exchange 2016 users send to recipients on the Internet ok
  • Exchange 2010 users cannot sent to Exchange 2016 users (mail sits in queue)
  • Exchange 2016 users cannot receive from Internet

Any mail sent from a mailbox on Ex2010 to Ex2016 sits in a queue named "hub version 15" with a status of Active.  If you suspend the queue you may see and error message  but I can't make it do it now .. it normally just sits on Active.

I've attached the logs from the SMTP Receive connector on Exchange 2016 which report "TLS negotiation failed with error TimedOut" so I can at least see it's something related to SSL, but I'm a little stumped where to go from here.

In an aid to debugging the logfile attached:
Exchange 2010 Server = SBS2000.somedomain.local,
Exchange 2016 Server = SRV-MAIL1.somedomain.local,

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Have an SBS 2011 server that was improperly configured when set up.  Now causing a problem with external Outlook 2016 machines

They were using dyndns originally (no static IP), and the internal and external ActiveSync URL's are set to instead of (this per exchange management console server configuration, client access, ActiveSync)

Whats the best solution, re-run the wizards, or can I just change the URL's manually?


I have a small network with about 40 machines on and recently had a second internet connection added to the network for a certain set of users. These users have static IP addresses so I changed their default gateway from 254 (existing internet gateway ip) to .253 (new faster connection). Although this is working for the most part, the machines seem to have some issues access shares on the network and Ive had to resort to using local accounts of the network resources rather than the domain accounts since I get errors indicating there is no domain controller on the network to service the access request. When I change the gateway back to the previous setting, things start working again.

The DC is an SBS2011 box and its on whilst the internet routers on .253 and .254 respectively. The clients are a mixture of Win 7/10.

Why would changing the gateway address have this effect and how can I get around it?

Hey All. Got a fun one here. We had an employee leave a client, before they left we setup a forward of email to the boss, making sure to check the deliver to deliver to both forwarding address and mailbox. One thing we noticed after we set this up was that any email that was sent to the both the boss and this user, the boss would only receive one. Also on the bosses Outlook we setup a rule that moved emails sent to the user to move to a specific folder. That is how we found out that any email sent to both would only end up in that folder and not the bosses inbox. After the guy left, we removed his account. Well fast forward 1 year, they hired this guy back. We entered him back in AD (SBS Server) and all seemed good. Until the boss called us stating he did not receive an email. After looking at logs we found it did get to him. It went into that folder that we had setup for that user. Seems that forward rule was still active. We looked at the setting in Exchange and it is not active. We are at a loss as to why it is still active. We tried to add it back and let it be for 30 mins and then removed it, tested and still no go.

Any ideas how we can remove this rule?
I don't know much of macs. I have 1 user on an SBS 2011 standard domain running a mac. he uses macmail. Things have been going fine for years now. In the last week or 2 he noticed that when he sends an email from the macmail (in rich text format) then someone on a windows PC (anyone else in the office) running outlook, replies, the font gets really small.

Any ideas?  I don't know all the details yet of if other windows users are cc'd, do they see the small font or is it just the mac.

what other questions come to mind?
Hey guys,
Recently this client of ours has been moved to Office 365 and their Exchange 2010 has been decommissioned and then after that their Remote Workspace site was not working.  I did some research and it turns out that I should not have decommissioned the Exchange, but I was able to get the Remote Workspace site up by copying the contents of the Bin folder from another client's old Exchange 2010 who was not decommissioned.  Now the website comes up but when I do the remote desktop from there, I get the general cannot connect message.  I can RDP from the Server to this person's computer and I can RDP from the outside if I specify the public IP address with a certain port number, NAT translation has been setup so that it works, but not from the Remote Workspace.  For now the user has a way to RDP into his computer from the outside by specifying the public IP and then a port number, but he feels more comfortable using the remote workspace.  Any ideas?
Helping a friend a couple hours away add encryption to their wireless network using an apple airport as the wifi source.

They have some wireless cameras (and some wired... I am hoping these are the same model cameras both with wifi and RJ45?)

using the foscam camera's web interface, I set the wireless encryption key on each of the wireless cameras - a 7 character password that they accepted.

Then tried adding the encryption key in his airport. But it wanted at least 8 characters.  We changed the password to one that has 8 characters but are now unable to access those wireless cameras.

Any ideas on how to get into the web admin / set them to the new 8 character wifi password?  And again, they are 2 hours away and not tech savvy. I really don't want to have to drive out there.

I’m thinking get him a 100' cat 5 cable and he'd run it from the airport to each camera’s RJ45 port then they’d get on the network, maybe with a different IP address and I can remotely get into the web interface and change the wifi password??

Or because they are set up for wireless now, they ignore activity on the RJ45?

Other ideas?

I have a SBS2011 server and a laptop user (Windows 10 Pro). I would like to set the user's documents etc. to be stored on the server so they get picked up on the backup. I would also like the files to be available to the user when away from the office.
I have used the SBS Console to set the user's folders to be redirected but how do I set them to be available offline too?
We have 9 workstations and 18 users logging into the domain. Each station has a software that is user specific. Every time a new user logs into the any one of the workstations we have to manually add a connection string. That connection string is located in the registry file. There are two keys that need to be added to the registry every time a new user logs in.

I need to write a script to add 2 keys to the registry. Fist I need to check if the keys exist in the registry, if the keys exist than ignore, if the keys don't exist than add. All of the users use the default logon script. I am not to keen on login scripts, so any detailed help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all in advance.
We have MediSoft 19 installed on 9 workstations. We have 18 users logging into their domain account. Every time a new user connects to a workstation we have to choose MediData file. Is there a way to have MediSoft automaticllay find the medidata file without manually inputting \\servername\medidata?
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Hello all,

I've been stumped on this issue for the past week and figured I'd ask around for possible solutions.

Company's internal website (http://companyweb) redirects to an external website (, BUT only on two local workstations. The redirect isn't profile specific, and only these two workstations are affected regardless of the web browser used.

What I've tried:
Clearing caches and cookies
Various malware scanners. malwarebytes, hitman pro, tddskiller, and more.    No threats found.
DNS flush on workstations
Modifying the host file. (which actually solved the immediate problem, but removing my changes reverts back to the same issue)

Anyone have any insight on this issue?
We have recently taken over a clinic. They have their own Windows SBS server that handles DNS, DHCP, AD, etc. They have other servers that they need to continue to access. Temporary I've added a firewall and established an OpenVPN connection with our data center. The users have been given domain accounts for our network. Now my boss wants to add their computers to our domain.  The goal is to for the computers to have access to both networks and users login with their new domain credentials. My initial idea was for computers to keep the local DHCP address and change the DNS to point to our servers. I also configured a NAT for each computer (10) on the tunnel. I can add the computers to the domain but it takes users 10 minutes to login. How do I get around this without adding an additional NIC?
Just a heads-up for you Sage Users who still have an SBS.

The latest version of Sage (v24) will no longer install onto SBS2008 or SBS2011.  This is because Sage have used .Net version 4.6.1 which is not compatible with Exchange Server 2007 / 2010.

In the past, Sage has said that installing previous versions of Sage onto SBS have been unsupported but the way around this was to install the software using the InstallV.exe installer.  Sage has now removed this installed from the installer files.
Hello Everyone
I have an SBS2011 box which has performance issues due to SQLSERVR.EXE.  If I kill the process hard drive activity is close to 0%.
Current view from task manager.
Task Manager View
I have adjusted the memory usage in SQLServMngt, reset, deleted, installed, uninstalled and a bunch of other things.  I was able to recover hard disk space, lowered CPU and Memory usage.  If it were not for this one issue the server would be working great.

The service mssql$microsoft##ssee service high disk usage
SQLserver.exe High Disk as shown in the image
susdb.mdf high disk usage
tempdb.mdf high disk usage

If I stop the SBSMONITORING service DISK USAGE the server goes normal.

Below are some the resources I have used to attempt to resolve issue.
To whom it may concern

I have a Client with a Windows 2011 SBS.  When trying to open Exchange 2010 EMC and expanding MS Exchange On-premises, I receive the following error:

Initialization failed
(Will attach the screenshot with the details)

I have already tried to stop and start the IIS at the defaut first site and also run the command iisreset, but to no avail.

Please assist in getting the EMC console up and running.

Please let me know if you require further details:
Server Specs:  Xeon E5620 @ 2.4GHz, 16GB ram, 1TB HDD

Kind Regards

I have  a several year old WD my book Live that is having problems - I can't connect to it  (it's a nas / ethernet device)

It's out of warranty. I took it apart and ran crystal disk info on the hard drive. it's failing / got smart errors.

It seems I can't just put in a new hard drive, huh?  The unit's OS is on the hard drive, right?

So with a failed hard drive, is there any relatively simple way to get it going again with a new hard drive?






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).