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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 have a VMWARE SBS2011 instance.  I have new hardware that I want to put it on.  When the instance was created it was done at the max size and we have an issue in that it will not save off correctly and migrate.  We have spent hours on it trying to get it to migrate.   It has something to do with the version of VMWare.  The SBS has some issues with DNS, etc.  And again, have spent hours trying to fix these issues.  We were hit with a ransomeware and I feel that that corrupted something possibly.  

I would like to Create a new VMWARE SBS on the new hardware.  If I do that, then I am looking at breaking the domain for the clients.  Is there are any way to migrate those profiles without having to break off the clients from the current domain and reconnect them to the new domain.  We have all kinds of software and email on those clients.  
Any help would be appreciated.
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Hi all,

I'm trying to do a mail migration in a slightly odd way.  Here's my scenario:

1) Existing SBS 2011 server is on site still active.
2) Existing user profiles are on site, still active
3) I've changed all external DNS records for mail to flow though an Office 365 like service (activesync/exchange)

My plan was to back up all the mail accounts from the user profiles (done), then proceed to create new outlook profiles for the users and connect directly to the external server for mail.

Issue is Outlook 2013 / 2016 client computers are constantly trying to autodiscover to the on site server, instead of my new external server.  In other environments, I have no issues with autodiscover working on this platform in the way I have configured it (office 365 standard).

What link in the chain am I missing here to get the local computers to stop pinging the local server when configuring mail as a different user profile?

A customer told us they emailed two of our people yesterday, but neither of them received the email.  I am also being told the emails were delivered to our Exchange server, but, we cannot find them on the users Outlook.  Also, they have received other emails from this same customer. It is only the email sent at 1:34pm to both of our people that was not received in Outlook.  They have since received other emails from that some customer.

We are using Outlook 2007 on Win7Pro machines using a .ost file.  Our server is SBS 2008 with Exchange 2007.  

How do I figure out what happened to the two emails at 1:34pm yesterday and how to do I determine if there is some problem with Exchange?
OK this seems shocking to me.  I've just started a new sys admin role (my 1st sys admin role) and I am looking after a clients SBS2011 server which has over 35000 updates waiting to be approved/installed.  I've got the number down a bit by removing superseded updates but I'm after some advice.  I'll be starting with Critical and then Security updates 1st by trickling them in but should I be looking at installing all of them or can I get by on just the Critical/Security updates?

A bit of extra background.  The current sys admin is leaving and the only other guy here is more 1st/2nd line so isn't much help.  Google has been my only friend so far.  That being said, advice is definitely required so feel free to chip in with your thoughts.
This is a New sbs 2011 Install.
I have two separate networks at my home Business. Im testing remote login to the Business Network that the server is on so my wife can connect to the server from the internet.
  Im trying to get Remote Login to SBS2011 working . I ran the wizard to setup server for remote access.
 I can not ping the server name or IP. I can Ping other devices Router and workstations from the other network and that is fine. I disabled windows firewall and enabled firewall on the router I Enabled upnp set up fowarding port 443
 I can access the Internet from the server.
when I ping the Server I get  Destination Host IS Unreachable
I dont know what to try next
This is s SBS 2011 Standard
Found out today that a client can't access email. A colleague jumped on the Server and found all the exchange services disabled, he enabled them and mail worked for a short time. Mail not longer works, here are the issues I have found.
Exchange management console shows this error
Connecting to the remote server failed with the following message : The client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request.  Verify that the service on the destination is running and is accepting requests.  Consult the logs and documentation for the WS-Management service running on the destination, most commonly IIS or WinRM.  If the destination is the WinRM service, run the following command on the destination to analyze and configure the WinRM service: "winrm quickconfig". 

Winrm shows everything is fine.
Strange things I have noticed, Update rollup 4-14 for Exchange server 2010 SP3 all installed with todays date. In the programs list Microsoft Exchange server 201 is showing an install date of today. I have all the services running for exchange.
When I hit "change" on exchange server it says "The LPVersioning file has an invalid value. Please check the Exchange Log for more info.
I also can't open the "Turn Windows Features on or off" it just opens Services.
What the heck happened last night?
Running SFC now.
I have a server that is running SBS 2011 and MS Exchange 2010.
We had a power outage, and when the server came back, email didn't.
Yesterday we were able to send email, but not receive.
Today we can't do either.

This system is old, and we are in the process of upgrading to a new server and OS/Exchange - hopefully in the next few weeks - but we need our email up and running today!!

I am currently logged in remotely, via LogMeIn (because the VPN was also reset as a result of the outage - router issues).
When I open the Exchange console, and try to connect to the Exchange server, I get an error - The attempt to connect using Kerberos authentication failed: the client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request. Verify that the service on the destination is running and i accepting requests.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Have a SBS 2011 , with Exchange 2010.
Setting up new pc's with Office 2016 that only support autodiscover set-up.
Have a certificate
Made a DNS cname record ; ->

Autodiscover setup i Outlook now works but gives waring on every startup (of Outlook).
Stating that there is a missmatch between the certificate ( and the server it connects to ( Which I understand. There is a missmatch..

So, was hoping to get around this without buying a new multi-sub-domain certificate.

Found a workaround:


4.      Click the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
5.      Type the name of the HTTPS server to which AutoDiscover can be connect without warning for the user, and then press ENTER. For example, to allow a connection to, the first String Value (REG_SZ) name would be as follows:

here I added (and +, when it didn't work) without any luck.

Outlook works (send and recive mail) even if I let the warning stay open, but would like to get rid of it.

- Only 3 pc's connected to domain.
Hi, just wanted to ask a bit of advice about changing IP addresses of a Server 2011 SBS network.  To cut a long story short I have to create some VPN connections between 2 networks that are on the same subnet and I need to change one network to be on a different subnet.

Both networks are on 192.168.101.x

2 questions really, if I change the second network to 192.168.102.x will that be enough to stop any VPN issues?

Secondly, the network I'm going to change consists of a Watchguard Firewall, Windows 2011 SBS Server and a network printer.  I have local physical access to the Firewall and Printer but not the server.  I'd just like a bit of advice on what device IP I should change first as I don't want to end up losing connection (will be doing this all over a remote connection).

Many thanks

SBS 2011 in production with multiple Event ID 7011 and the server seems to be sluggish, When I attempt to restart it stuck in:
Please wait for the System Event Notification Service until I hard booted it this weekend. the event IDs 7011 started to crawl back up this morning and the server is slower than normal responding.  
A timeout (90000 milliseconds) was reached while waiting for a transaction response from the nsi service, netprofm service, fdPHost service, and multiple others.
Also:The following fatal alert was received: 48. Event 36887 Schannel.

 in the application event viewer
Volume Shadow Service (VSS) enent ID 11 and 8193

I'm not sure if Schannel and VSS Error are effecting the symptoms I am experiencing.


Updated info: the server is Dell 2950 configured with 32 GB memory and it is all consumed by the end of the day.
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I have a VM that is running a very old be stable SBS 2003 server OS. I had a power failure last Saturday at the office and it seems now or any time after a log into the VM SBS 2003 server I get a notice saying that I need to activate windows. I saw an article online saying that it could possibly being caused by a script interface with windows activation running on the VM. however to remove the script manually it is telling me that I need to have the SBS 2003 CD.

I do not have that CD anymore.

Any suggestions
Had user who needed to have their Windows 7 profile recreated to fix a public folder issue.  Public folders are now displaying correctly.

After the new user profile was created with the same name, redirected folders are not showing up.

The folders are intact on the server, in the location where I expect them to be.

When I do a GPUPDATE I get the following:

Updating Policy...

User Policy update has completed successfully.

The following warnings were encountered during user policy processing:

The Group Policy Client Side Extension Folder Redirection was unable to apply on
e or more settings because the changes must be processed before system startup o
r user logon. The system will wait for Group Policy processing to finish complet
ely before the next startup or logon for this user, and this may result in slow
startup and boot performance.
Computer Policy update has completed successfully.

For more detailed information, review the event log or run GPRESULT /H GPReport.
html from the command line to access information about Group Policy results.

I did a GPRESULT /H  and under Component Status I see:
Printers and drives are mapping so I know GPOs are being applied.  This is only happening to this one user and only after I re-created his User profile on his desktop.

I have of course rebooted and logged off and back on several times.

He does have full access to his folders on the server.


I have small business server 2008 with exchange server 2007, how can I setup limit time trial password on OWA , if more than the limit, just lock the login for a period time, let said 5-10 minutes.


I keep on getting the following failure in the Hub Transport Role and can't figure it out. Any ideas:

The following error was generated when “$error.Clear();
      Install-ContextIndexingService –HubOnlyFilterRegistration
      “ was run: “srcFile: C:\\Windows\System32\naturallanguage6.dll’, lnkFile:
      “C:\\Program Files\Microsoft Exchange Server\V14\Bin\defbrkr.dll’, Error code:
srcFile: “C:\\Windows\System32\naturallanguage6.dll’, lnkFile: ‘C:\Program
Files\Microsoft Exchange Server\V14\Bin\defbkr.dll’, Error code: 2

Elapsed Time: 00:11:46

Any ideas would really be appreciated!
I have migrated all users from Exchange 2007 to 2013, now need to remove 2007 (it is on SBS 2008). I know all public folders need to be removed or moved to delete Exchange 2007, but really do not know if the system public folders need to be migrated to 2013 or can just be deleted? I have included a picture of the System Public Folders I see. Just wondering if anyone can clue me in as to what they are and if safe to delete or need to be moved. I will still have the SBS 2008 running until I create another DC.


 System Public Folders
What do you consider archiving when dealing with an SPS 2010 2011 exchange server? Or user wants to archive his older emails do you move them to a PST and then help would he get them if you need them later? Do you just move all the older emails from the inbox into a folder in his folder Tree?  Is there any real performance improvement by archiving older emails? And to add to the mix this specific user is on a Mac using Mac mail so not sure if the answers to the performance questions change because it's not outlook

And would archiving answer matter if it was office 365? There are caving more for the benefit of the client machine
Google has started verifying that the address in email headers came from the domain listed.     It looks like they do this by doing a query on the PTR record of the local ISP.    Our ISP (Cox Cable) confirmed they are the problem but do not seem to be able to do anything about it.    Meanwhile my emails to folks with gmail addresses get rejected.

The only solution I can see so far is to disable IpV6 in the registry
REG.exe query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters /v DisabledComponents

Any thought or solutions short of taking my ISP to court.    BTW we signed 3 year agreement about a month before Google started rejecting our email.

Thanks in advance
Hi all,

We have 2011 SBS server that was set up to send and receive emails for 2 different domains, let's say and

OWA access, autodicscover, etc were all defaulted to   The UCC SSL certificate referenced and autodiscover, and all worked fine, even with access to emails (which were accessed remotely by configuring the proxy server details in Outlook manually.

The issue we have now is that is no longer used and we want everything to reference instead, also some external users are now running Outlook 2016 which seems to insist autodiscover is correctly configured to connect.

Can someone please talk me through what I need to do in Exchange 2010 to make everything default to I appreciate I'll need to re-key the SSL certificate and will need to create A records for and but it's the stuff within Exchange I need to know about.

Many thanks for your help!
When running a Windows Backup on an SBS 2011 it fails and I get Event ID:  12344 in the application log:

Volume Shadow Copy Error: An error 0x00000000c000014d was encountered while Registry Writer was preparing the registry for a shadow copy.

Running: vssadmin list writers

All say no errors except:

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {13723119-17f4-4396-877a-fd6d8185f5d7}
   State: [9] Failed
   Last error: Non-retryable error

So how can I approach this? I think there could actually be an issue with the registry file (see backgroud below) Can I check the file or force the backup through?

The server is being retired soon but is carrying a 50 odd Exchange users with 400 Gigs of mail.  I need to get some level of backup running meantime.

There has been a series of hurdles before getting to this state.  It started when I replaced the server Drives.
It has 2 sets of RAID 1.
Data Volume - cloned successfully to new drives.
System Volume - clone was not successfull.  So I replaced the drives 1 at a time and let it rebuild.
The old System drives both showed reallocated sectors, but no errors or anything concerning.

After that the Windows backup would not run.  It got stuck on Application Exchange Consistency Check.
It took me a long time solve that.  Ended up having to create 2 new Exchange databases and move all the mailboxes off the original database …
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Hey all,

I've got a set up with a Synology device that is the main data store (read: many user shares), and is processing backups to an off site destination.  The SBS 2011 device is handing mail, AD roles and so on.

Since the Synology is doing the off site backup so well, I wanted to get away from using USB drives to back up via the SBS console.  Here is where I got to:

1) Create an iSCSI configuration of 500GB in size on the Synology
2) Via the Windows iSCSI manager, connect to said device on the Synology
3) Start the SBS console backup manager wizard, and get to the step where it says 'YOU NEED TO FORMAT THIS DRIVE IN ORDER TO USE IT'

So, being a wise man - I come to you dear internet strangers.  Is this iSCSI target smart enough to only format itself for the 500GB, or is it going to format the entire Synology box and set fire to the organization?

Forgive my ignorance here, but the SBS console has some powerful scripts and I want to make sure it doesn't go out of control when running this backup.

Picked up a job half way through and discovering lots of problems...
A customer has an old SBS2008 but is adding a  Server 2012R2 Essentials to replace the SBS.  Exchange has already been decommissioned in favour of Office 365.

The new server has been added as a DC and the migration started - FSMOs were moved over successfully.  I've been called in to help them make the final swap but I couldn't edit any Group Policy - then noticed that the new DC didn't have a SYSVOL or NETLOGON share.

Looked at the old server and there's lots of JRNL_WRAP_ERROR errors which have lead to this I think.  FRS error 13568 - these have been going on for a long, long time unnoticed.

As this server is going to be decommissioned shortly, are there any shortcuts to get round this.  Don't want to force it off the domain until I can edit Group Policy on the new server.  Also really, really don't want to have to demote the new server as they've installed a serious bit of software on it which we can't easily reinstall without great cost.

Any advice welcomed. Thanks, Ian
Today I started getting a problem with an SBS2003 server.
I know - don't tell me to upgrade and I shouldn't be running 2003 - anyway I can't migrate until I cvn fix this problem in order to do it!

The issue was no email arriving and Outlook couldn't connect.
the event log shows EVENTID 2114 from MSExchangeDSAccess and Services shows the Information Store is not loaded.
I cannot load the information store because I get an error about dependency services not starting.
In fact NetLogon won't start, Workstation service won't start and a number of others.

I tried running the IECW and it failed on all four sections, saying it had encountered an error in each case.

What can have suddenly gone wrong? This server has been running happily for years!
I have no idea where to start with this.
BTW I cannot access Remote Desktop either so I have to go to the server to do anything and it seems the server is not recognised as a member of the domain, as RDP says the remote computer cannot be accessed, maybe it is not part of this network...

HELP! I am email-less...

Thanks for any pointers - I know there's not much diagnostic info here but getting any logs off when I can't see the server from another computer is problematic.

Hi my dyndns account is not updating on windiws sbs 2011 please suggest
I have a SBS 2011 Standard server.

The VPN is enabled and I can connect to mapped folders on the server. ( Showing the VPN is Active)

How ever my Exchange mail box will not connect. ( It used to untill I had to reload my Laptop)  It remains disconnect no matter what I do.

Can anyone assist me to sort this out. Please I am stuck and I need to get my email when I am out of the office.
Exchange works perfectly when I am in the office and connected to the network.
I have taken on a client that has had several IT support groups over the years. Needless to say, this environment represents a series of break fixes, experiments and failed attempts.

It looks like the last support group was trying to move from Small Business Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

They have a daily failing SBS 2003 server, a 2003 Standard Member server (Housing their business application Sage Peach Tree) and an Exchange 2008 R2 server.

The old IT group managed to join the 2008 R2 server as a DC  along side the old SBS 2003 (which doesn't play well with other servers - even though Microsoft says it's doable). This move was extremely messy due to the fact that SBS 2003 comes out of the box with DNS and the Exchange server (they were using before the 2008 R2 install) . Long story short, I was never convinced of the health of the AD.

With the failing hardware of the SBS 2003 server, I decided to shut it down. The network works OK off the 2008 R2 - DHCP, DNS and files service. Unfortunately, the Exchange service is now corrupt and will not communicate well with the AD. Even with the SBS 2003 turned on, there has always been AD issues I could never resolve due to past history mistakes.

So........... I want to start from Scratch.

Remove the old original SBS 2003
Wipe Out/Rebuild the 2008 R2 server with a fresh AD
Join the member application server into the new Domain
Join the existing 10 user/computer accounts into the new domain






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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).