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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We have an SBS Server 2008, Server 2012 R2 Physical (DC) and Server 2012 R2 Virtual (DC) in my environment. I recently converted the SBS server to a virtual machine in order to reuse the hardware. The conversion was successful. I then pulled a full backup of the SBS as a VM BUT I forgot to change the Symantec/Veritas Agent to the virtual machine agent. Now 4 days later (and at least 3 reboots) the SBS VM won't boot. It BSoD in Normal, Safe or Last Known Good modes. Thankfully because I am working on decommissioning the SBS most operations are no longer running on it. I attempted to build another SBS 2008 VM and restore the BE backup but it continues to fail because I cannot name the new SBS machine the same Name/Domain combo, and Backup Exec saying the restore resource cannot be found. So, the real question is: do I really need to worry about bringing the SBS server back online, only to decommission it? Exchange is already Office365, I have another physical DC (now running on the original SBS hardware), my certificate infrastructure was rebuilt using another server and I'll get over not having the SharePoint data (wasn't mission critical). Can I move the forest/domain operations masters with it offline and what other steps am I overlooking? Thank you in advance!
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I have a SBS server 2008 running Exchange 2007.
I get a lot of spam where the subject contains an * or ! to replace words of a sexual nature. The normal business email subjects  never contain these characters so I would like a way to apply a filiter at Exchange.
Is this possible?

If there's anyone out there that can think back far enough, I have a friend that's still using SBS 2003.  At some point last week it disappeared off the network.  We did manage to get it back on the network by using an alternative onboard NIC, but since then multiple services refuse to fire up.  There are multiple error codes, all seem to point at dependancy issues.  Among many, the Workstation Service does not start, along with many of the Exchange Services.  Has anyone experienced something like this historically and resolved it?
I have recently set up Server 2012r2 with the Essentials role and am having trouble adding backup drives to the server. I am re-using the drives from the old SBS 2008 Server as they are not that old.  I have asked the wizard to format the drives as part of the process and every time it goes through the wizard pages with no issues.  At the end of the wizard I select the option to format the disk and it seems to start working and then a few moments later I get this error:

Backup Wizard error message.
There is a link on the error page but it takes you to a generic page which doesn't deal with the specific error.

Looking in the event viewer I see this message:

Event ID: 1
Source: Virtual Disk Service
Message: Unexpected failure. Error code: C000026E@020A0007

I can't seem to find what this means, I have formatted the disks manually and done a full format rather than a quick format and it makes no difference and no errors are found when checking the disks??

Check Disk Results.
Does anyone know what is up and what the fix is.  I was really hoping Server 2012 r2's backup would be a big improvement on the version that was in all the SBS versions, so far it looks like it's not?!

This is going to be a fun one...

We have a client that has an HP ML350 G5 running RAID 5 and Server Essentials SBS 2011.  So, we got a call from them that there files on the server all no longer accessible.  When I went out there, I found out that there was 3 sticks of bad memory, but the system would still turn on.  We replaced the bad sticks and I could not get into Windows.  That's when I determined that the array was bad due to a failing hard drive in bay 1 (3 drives total).  We got in a replacement drive and I was able to boot to Directory Services Restore Mode.  The drive was rebuilt and is now part of the RAID.

Told you it would be fun.  Now for the part I'm stuck on.

Hardware is easy, but software is a pain.  I cannot get it to boot into Normal Mode because the Active Directory is broken somehow.  I need assistance on repairing it to get them up and going again.

If it helps, the reason they have a server is for backup purposes of their data.  They only connect to it as a file server, not as a user on the server (if that makes sense).  Though, they do from time to time access it remotely (Web Access).
We have a client's SBS2011 that has had the contents of the SBS program folder deleted, therefore the Console does not run:

C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\
C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\bin\console.exe

Most articles relate to repairing the console from the Add/Remove appwiz.cpl applet:

This is innafective as the directory is empty, therefore no .msi unistall information to work from.

Can anyone suggest means of reinstalling the console component alone, while being sure the remaining server functionality such as AD, Exchange etc. is unaffected?

Many thanks in advance,
I have a site that has SBS2011 (which has Exchange 2010).  Approx 2 weeks ago the server stopped being able to send any email addressed as Gmail, hotmail and

When I run ExRCA it seems that when the server does the MX lookup it succeeds, but then does something wierd for the SPF lookup.  It appears to look for its own spf record, and instaed persuses the spf for the reporting that "Sender ID validation failed".  Am I reading the Exrca results wrong?

 Performing Outbound SMTP Test
  The outbound SMTP test failed.
 Additional Details
Elapsed Time: 33947 ms.  
 Test Steps
 Attempting reverse DNS lookup for IP address nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn.
   The Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer successfully resolved IP address nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn via reverse DNS lookup.
     Additional Details
  The Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer resolved IP address nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn to host
Elapsed Time: 11276 ms.  

Performing Real-Time Black Hole List (RBL) Test
  Your IP address wasn't found on any of the block lists selected.
 Additional Details
Elapsed Time: 22361 ms.  
 Test Steps
 Checking Block List "SpamHaus Block List (SBL)"
  The address isn't on the block list.
 Additional Details
IP address nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn wasn't found on RBL.
Elapsed Time: 33 ms.  

 Checking Block List "SpamHaus Exploits Block List (XBL)"
  The address isn't on the block list.
 Additional …
My SBS2011 Server locks up after numerous errors that are all the same. The error description is "A timeout (60000ms) was reached while waiting for a transaction response from the NTDTSCAN service."  Can anyone help with this?  After a cold restart, the  server stays up for two days before locking up again.  When it locks up, it won't let me do a warm reboot.
I have an sbs2011 network with 5 users and I thought it would be simple enough to backup users mailboxes to pst and migrate them to office 365. I understood that there may be an autodiscover issue but as there was enough posts online to overcome issue’s, I thought lets do it this weekend!
The problem is that logged in to the SBS network with a network profile, users automatically try to auto connect to the local exchange. I have tried a number of things to remove the autodiscover from the sbs server but nothing seems to work. The office 365 setup is working perfectly off site and onsite using a local profile. 
Remove-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory –Identity “Insert identity value here”
Press y to remove
Also this command –
Remove-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory –Identity “SRV\Autodiscover (Default Web Site)”
New-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory -WebSiteName “Default Web Site”
Then I tried this ….
Go to IIS and stop the Autodiscover App pool. Then go to services and stop the Exchange active directory topology.
Then disable just disable it, the outlook clients will connect to 365 using autodiscover.

None of this has worked, I stopped and disabled all exchange services and rebooted the server and still no joy!
I would like to delete the remote.domain entry in the DNS forward lookup zone setting – no one uses Remote workplace, but you do get an AD warning before you try delete the…
There are about 20 users on our SBS 2003 domain. None of them can reach a certain website ( from their local machines. They were able to access the website a few hours ago. They receive an error from the browser of"’s server DNS address could not be found.
 I assume it's an internal DNS issue but I do not see anything configured for that domain is the SBS 2003 DNS settings. Can anyone give me pointers on torubleshooting this issue. I have verified the site is up, can reach it from outside the network fine.

Nothing is configured in forward or reverse lookup zones for the domain and no changes (that I am aware of) have been made to our servers DNS settings recently.
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We use Exchange 2007 on our SBS 2008 server.  All our workstations are using MS Office Pro 2007 and OS Win7Pro.  I have a new person starting soon and will be setting them up with a Windows 10 Pro machine. Need to figure out which MS Office Pro will work with our Exchange server 2007
I'm working on getting a client off their SBS2011 Server and they have only one server. To make it a little more challenging I'm replacing all the drives with SAS drives to optimize performance so this will be a complete reinstall. This has to be done over a weekend so I'm trying to decide the best way to approach this so there is very little downtime. My plan is below and I'd like to know if anyone sees any gotchas.

Existing Server SBS2011 with Hyper V: SBS2011 is the DC for internaldomain.local

I plan on  building a new DC with a new domain name on Hyper-V and using our public domain name ( in Hyper-V on the current SBS 2011 Server, building out the users (only 15-20), connecting a few PCs to the new domain on the LAN to test. Export the VM to an external drive

Beginning afterhours/weekend copy all the data on the data drive to an external drive. Install the new SAS Drives, RAID 1 for OS, RAID 5 for DATA drives, Install Server 2012r2 with Hyper-V, then importing the New DC into Hyper-V, copy provision vhd data drive and copy all data off the external drive.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! I need to move my on-site Exchange 2007 users to cloud based Office 365 ASAP.

I have a single Windows SBS 2008 server with Exchange 2007 SP3 and IIS 7.

I cannot get a successful test on the Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer so because of this I cannot configure the Migration tool in my 365 portal account.

First issue from the RCA is the RPC over HTTP error:
"Testing RPC over HTTP connectivity to server RPC over HTTP connectivity failed."
I can connect to Outlook Anywhere internally and externally from a browser without a problem.
Externally I use my and I get the OA login page.
But I cannot configure as an Outlook Anywhere address in Exchange Server Configuration / Client Access properties as it's not a valid host name.
I am thinking I need to point to, but I am not sure how to configure IIS 7 to achieve this.
I do have a public DNS with, it resolves fine.
My SSL certificate is set to my
Or how can I configure my IIS to redirect any request to the RPC over HTTP for migration purposes.

Second issue is MAPI mail store error:
"Attempting to ping the MAPI Mail Store endpoint with identity: server.doamin.local:6001"
I do have the registry key VALIDPORTS configured with FDQN and NetBIOS names to ports 6001-6002 and 6004.

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Other notes I should add:

I can access the following sites manually …
I am trying to upgrade Exchange 2007 from SP1 to SP3, I followed the Microsoft documentation (disbaling antivirus etc) and I always run into the same error when it reaches the "Hub Transport Roles". I get a popup with "ExsetupUI.exe has stopped working" with following details.

  Stopped working

Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:      CLR20r3
  Problem Signature 01:      exsetupui.exe
  Problem Signature 02:
  Problem Signature 03:      4be1ee5d
  Problem Signature 04:      System.Management.Automation
  Problem Signature 05:
  Problem Signature 06:      4acfac13
  Problem Signature 07:      2dca
  Problem Signature 08:      23
  Problem Signature 09:      FatalError
  OS Version:      6.0.6002.
  Locale ID:      3081

Emails are still working, its just the POP and IMAP services arent, everything else seems fine. When I try re-run the update it continues on @ the Hub Transport Role part of the update, then fails soon after.

I have tried everything I can think of.
Antivirus Disabled... then completely uninstalled
.Net Reinstalled number of times
Running elavated
Downloaded the installer again from microsoft
Tried SP2, got the same error at the same point
Even loaded a backup image to a different server and tried a bunch of riskier things, but still always getting that error.

Does anyone have any ideas?
It is currently acting as a file server and Exchange email server and running on old hardware.  Is there anything I need to look out for in terms of functionality and/or licensing?  I plan to virtualize on a new Dell server running Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V.
Trying to piece things together on the phone system and emails.

There was a test message sent from the phone system to some users email addresses.  I'd like to find that email in the 'exchange logs'. to see what they are sending.  We have a distribution list for emergency@.... and supposedly the phone people say that when someone leaves a voicemail in the emergency mailbox, they email to that emergency address only.

Want to double check that. And also learn about the exchange log.

Is there a search front end of emails or just huge text docs about emails that have come in / sent on an sbs 2011 exchange server?

Good Morning Everyone.

One of our clients is having an issue with their OWA. When they try to delete an email, delete a draft, or archive mail they get an error "Server Operation Timed Out. Please try again later." We have attempted to reboot the server and have done an IISreset. As this server is an SBS there are less options for troubleshooting. We can't do a lot of reboots because it would take down the whole site.  It's Exchange 2010 Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard. It is a VM but I don't think that would cause any issues.

This system has been working for years, we did an update to Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate the weekend that it stopped working.
I have a MAC server (latest version) running on a macOS Sierra 10.12.6 in a VMWare ESXi 5.5 environment on a HP DL380 G7 server.
Server has 4GB of memory, there are 5 users connected to it.

My users are complaining about slow speeds when opening files and when saving files (like exporting to PDF from adobe Indesign).

Before this, the files were on a SBS 2011 server and opening files went faster. We switched to a MAC server because we had constant issues saving files, they were always in use.

We use a product called Intronis to conduct snapshot backups of our SBS 2011 server that includes Exchange 2010.  

The backups have been reporting the following error over the last few weeks.

Checksum verification timed out for E00.log logs in d:\program files\microsoft\exchange server\v14\mailbox\mailbox database. eseutil.exe returned -1 []
Explanation: The backup software waits a calculated amount of time for eseutil to scan the log files.
Resolution: If it always times out for your installation, then you should periodically perform a checksum verification manually.

The Intronis software vendor has not been very helpful in diagnosing the problem.  What the message suggests is that Intronis has a predefined amount of time that it awaits the eseutil command to complete verifying checksum.  It seems like eseutil is not completing in the given time, consequently we receive the above warning.

What is the appropriate process to perform the checksum manually?  
Does the database have to be taken offline in order to run this process?
Any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

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Got a ip pbx and i want to send the voice mail via e-mail in the office we got a Miicrosoft 2011sbs standar with exchange 2010
altho i have create the account and configure the ip pbx the pbx is not able to send the email with the voicemail. i have testet the email created and work.  The pbx is nec sl1100
Looking for best migration tool to migrate 25 mailboxes to Office 365 from Exchange 2007/2010. Also looking for tool or steps to move SBS Servers to Windows Server 2016
I have been manually downloading and installing updates for a while now.  A tech did something to our SBS 2008 server a couple of years ago that knocked out auto download, so have been having to manually check and download.  That has been working fine. However, today, for some reason, it is finding zero downloads. I know that is not right, as it has been about 1 month since I last ran updates and at that time I intentionally did not install the June and July updates (which is my normal practice).  What should I check?
Can this be done?  I am having issues with what appears to be the Schema.  The issue with the Server 2003 is that it appears to have a corrupt system file causing it to not be able to run windows update, and launching the update process over and over.

This is for a small client that has 4-5 users on the domain, and the server is just DNS/DCHP, and a file server.  Nothing else.  It used to be the mail server as well but we got them moved to Office 365.

I have tried to complete the Windows Essentials configuration but it fails each time.

I read that I may have to upgrade to 2008/2012 then to 2016 - but we don't have the license or the server to do that.  

There is no website tied to the current domain  (which is .local) or email.  Any thoughts?
Hi all, doing some testing here. We have SBS 2011 (a vm), we are just testing the built in Windows Server Backup. Now, the backup is stored to a NAS.

If we wanted to restore this server 'bare metal' what is the correct process? Assume its being restored virtually again back to vmware.

I have a Microsoft Server 2016 Standard with Essentials installed. I have the VPN access enabled through the Setup Anywhere Access wizard. But when I try to connect via Windows 10 VPN connection I keep getting the following error: "The remote connection was denied because the user name and password combination you provided is not recognized, or the selected authentication protocol is not permitted on the remote access server.






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).