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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2012 essentials server been running for years and started getting message it was not completly set up.  Users can login but server extremely slow and no users exist in users and computers console.

Need help!
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SBS 2011, admin password was changed, logged out and back into server with new password. The users are not administrators on their computers so someone with the admin password enters it when needed for an installation or download. The workstations are still able to use the old admin password, for how long I don't know but I'm assuming probably until the computer is restarted. Is there a way to avoid this?
A HP ProLiant DL380 G7 with Windows Small Business Server 2011 (equal to Windows Server 2008 R2) is stuck on a black screen after the "starting windows splash screen". I'm able to ping the server, able to do some remote management (services, event viewer, ...), can access file shares. But due to some services not starting, other (dependent) services also doesn't start.

So for example, I can't take over the server by RDP, the DHCP service is not running. All services trying to start through remote management give the error "error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start".

Someone any idea where to start solving this problem?
Ready to replace a SBS server looking at 2 options.

1. Windows 2019 Server Standard, RAID5, 1VM (PDC), 2VM (Exchange)
2. Windows 2019 Server Standard, ISCSI NAS device (Synologyw/RAID5). email in the cloud (365).

Security always a concern, speed/performance, redundancy, remote accessibility, approximately 25-30 users. Users are mainly using MS Office, Adobe, Remote access a big part as they continue to expand and work from home.

Feedback on which platform is better (in your professional opinions) is much appreciated. Looking more for the pros and cons of each.
We have a client with a SBS2011 (the DC) box and a 2012 terminal Server (just a member).  we are decommissioning the SBS2011 box but keeping the terminal server for the time being.  is it possible for us to remove the TS from the domain, add it to a workgroup and use local user accounts for people to login with?  the Remote licensing is installed on the terminal server itself.  the logins are just managed via the SBS box.
I need some assistance removing Exchange 2010 after a Remote Move / Hybrid Migration from SBS2011 before decommissioning the server and just leaving O365 in the cloud.   I might be overthinking the situation.

Original Setup - SBS2011 / Exchange2010
New Setup - Server 2016 Standard / Office365 Business - 80 mailboxes

AD Sync is currently setup on the Server 2016 box and working just fine.   All I want to be able to do is Sync AD Users and Passwords between the 2016 Server and O365 Business.  I no longer need Hybrid Exchange setup.  User gets setup in Local AD, creates the object in AzureAD - I assign the O365 license, setup the email address and go.  Future password changes stay synced between the Mailbox and local AD.

This is the first time I'm doing a Hybrid migration - I'm used to just doing a cutover style migration - once everyone is good in O365 I follow this guide to uninstall exchange - it's worked time and time again. -

He does have another article with what appears to be my situation   but it sounds like some supported frameworks might have changed since.   Currently the SBS2011 box I have doesn't serve any function currently.

Is it safe to just uninstall exchange 2010 like I normally do following the cutover migration?
how can i setup a guest wifi using a
draytek 2760 non wireless router and a draytek AP 810
DHCP is coming from the sbs server
How do i configure the network settings on the router and server
I have set the AP to AP mode and on the same ip range as the network
how do i setup the router etc
For the past few weeks, my SBS2011 is syncing very slowly with iphones and I run the Fix my network to check for any errors and the below comes up for exchange. Also when I try to add a new user, I get an error when creating the email address which I believe is also connected to the above.
Client is running SBS 2011 (Exchange 2010)

This problem came about after the client did not want to be on Office 365. We moved them back to there old SBS server.
Setting up outlook profiles produced a prompt - "Information you exchange with this site cannot be viewed or changed by others. However there is a problem with the site's security certificate." You could click yes to continue and the profile would be created and everything seemed to work well.

Yesterday, someone was going on vacation and wanted to set and Automatic Reply. They received an error that stated, "Your automatic reply settings cannot be displayed because the server is currently unavailable." After some research I found a lot of people suggesting this was an SSL certificate issue. Since the clients certificate was about to expire in a few months I purchased a new one. I created a new CSR and installed the new certificate using the SBS Control Panel. All seemed to go well. Rebooted the server and the users computer but still no luck in setting an Automatic Reply.

The certificate I created is for
On there external DNS I have created A records for and that point to the there public IP address. There is also an SRV entry for to

If I open a browser both internal and external and go to I get an error code 600 which I understand to be good. If I do…

I've a problem applying a new SHA2 Cert (from 123-Reg) to Exchange 2010

I created the request via the Certificate MMC as a custom request because this SBS 2011 server is SHA1 by default.   Right clicked the Certs and installed both the Intermediate and the actual cert for the host

When I looked in the EMC I didn't have the option to complete the Cert request, so I looked in IIS, the option was there and it completed as expected.

When I opened EMC to assign the Cert to the services SMTP etc, the Certificate page didn't load and generated error object get exchange certificates not found.  upon running Get-ExchangeCertificate from powershell the same error is displayed.

I could assign the new cert to the default web site via ISS, which took care of OWA etc but still not the SMTP services etc

I found that if I remove the new cert from IIS - the EMC worked again and the old certs are shown as normal..

hope that's enough info, any help or ideas would be appreciated?  

Thanks TC
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Hello All,

I have a new Server 2016 system that is a DC and will be taking over for an old SBS 2011 server once I have finished the migration.  For some reason I can't login as the Administrator account.  I can RDP into a server as the administrator but can't login locally.  I get the error "The sign in method you're trying to use isn't allowed.  I have checked gpedt and logon locally is set to allow all members of the administrator group and there are no deny logon users set.  So I don't know why I can't login as the Administrator.  I can login as other users that I have set up as administrators just no the Administrator account.  Am I missing something?


Hello All,

I have a new Server 2016 system that I have setup up a DC.  This will be a new server taking over for an old SBS 2011 system being decommissioned.  I am logged in as a domain admin but can't get Remote Access for VPN to install.  It keeps saying that the server needs to be restarted to finish the install but it won't finish.  It does the same thing each time I try to install the role.  I can install the snap-in and turn on RRAS and I can set up the VPN that way but  I don't know if it really is setting everything up correctly.  I can't test yet since the SBS Server is till the VPN host and I want to make sure this is set up before I turn that one off.   I have done this on other Server 2016 systems with no problem so I don't know what is missing here.


I am looking at migrating a very small network (6 users) from SBS 2011 to Exchange 2016 or 2019
Do I really want to go through the whole "migration" or can I simply export all mailboxes to .PST files and then import them into the new version of Exchange ?
Setting up a new Hyper V environment replacing SBS 2011
I have the opportunity to do a full setup of Windows 2019 server with Exchange 2019 to replace an aging SBS 2011.
I will need a new hardware platform and look for suggestions on the best practices:
1) Should the host OS be on an SSD rather than SAS 15K ? (it will be on a RAID 1 anyway and the Hyper V VMs will be on a RAID 5 or 10 depending on suggestions))
2) Should Active directory be on a VM or a physical machine ?
3) 2 or 3 VMs planned: 1 for Exchange, one for File and print sharing and may be another one for A/D depending on suggestions to 2)
We have a client who use exchange 2010 on an SBS2011 box.  they cant receive any external emails, internally its fine, and they can send externally.  they use Trend Worry Free Business for spam filtering which sits on the SBS server.  i have disabled Trend this and still the same result.  when i perform a message trace, it shows no external emails even hitting the server.

i have attached a bounce back for you to see.

any help will be appreciated.
SBS 2011 standard, tried to reinstall WSUS 3.0 sp2 as it wasn't working.
Had to remove .NET 4.1 as WSUS wouldn't install with it.
WSUS still won't complete, but want to just leave it off, but remote web not working now.
Tried to reinstall .NET 4.0 but no dice.
I believe .NET 4.1 was installed but can't find the installer for Windows Server 2008 R2.
Can anyone point to it?
We are trying to move Exchange 2010 to from the SBS 2011 server to a newly installed Exchange 2010 on a 2008 r2 server.  The 2008 r2 server has Exchange 2010 sp3 installed on the same domain and is not going to be a Domain controller.
How do we move the database and mailbox without eliminating the 2011 SBS domain controller without conflicts for now.  Eventually we will eliminate the 2011 SBS but need to insure Exchange is migrated to the new machine and is working correctly before decommissioning the SBS 2011.  We have internal conflicts on how this should be done

I have a old SBS2011 Server with Exchange 2010

I cannot access anymore to OWA. I get a message "440 Login Timeout"

I already tried to reset owa & ecp virtual directories and reinstalled IIS 7

The problem is still present

Any idea?

Best regards

I have an aging SBS 2003 server which I use solely for Exchange.  I have a number of clients that connect various devices for email comms.  Some just use Outlook 2010 using Outlook over VPN and some use OWA and some use Exchange push mail for hand-held devices.  Just before Christmas I renewed my Go Daddy SSL cert which secures my mail domain and now all services apart from Outlook over VPN have fallen over with SSL issues.  I need someone with SBS 2003 experience to help me through the minefield.
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Migrating SBS 2008 to 2016 Essentials using 'Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2008 to Windows Server Essentials"

The server is a Dell with 2016 Essentials pre-installed with the Essentials role, it was not configured as a domain controller.

In the above document I'm stuck at Step 2: Install WSE in migration mode
I don't have an option to install in Migration Mode, how do I get to that point?

I have installed a few SBS 2011 to WSE2012R2 but not SBS2008 to 2016, I would rather migrate than setup a new domain.

I'm looking for someone to help setup a new watchguard T15 and a BOVPN to an existing XTM25.  I know enough to be dangerous (maybe even that much).

I'd envision to have the person on the phone / remoted into my PC which would be on the LAN side of the T15 and I'd have team viewer connection to a PC on the LAN side of the XTM25 to set up the vpn (you are probably saying there's better ways to do the setup, but that's an indication of what I do and don't know).
I have some problems with a SBS 2011 server. It is running about several years now, but the customer changed his internet provider and also the router.
Then suddenly, exchange wasn't working anymore.

I can into the exchange management, no problems, but when I try to run the wizard connect to the internet, it fails. email not configured, run this wizard again to solve this.
I ran BPA and there was an empy windows with no information, but it didn't also give me an error.
Then I ran emtshooter, that program gave me no errors.

I also looked into the ctiw.log but there's so much information I don't know where to look, i did found out this error.
[7584] 181223.122940.5329: CoreNet: RebindConnectorsTask task failed
[10192] 181223.122940.5369: CoreNet: Exception caught in network detection/configuration with a specific router IP: Task: MessagingTasks.TaskRebindSMTPConnectors failed: Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.TaskManagement.Admin.TaskExecutionException.

You are my final stop before reinstalling the server, so hopefully you can help me out.
Helping a neighbor.  Uses a Comcast email account. Wants to have a calendar that stays in sync between a windows pc and iPhone. He uses outlook on win pc now for stand alone calendar and Comcast email

I know I could set up synched calendar w office 365 exchange online but that’s about $50 a year.

Any other alternatives for that cost or less?  I guess he could change app that he’s using.
We are upgrading our SBS 2011 to Server 2016, we are migrating both domain and exchange server. After going through some articles on web we have planned to do migration to 2 servers one for domain and dhcp and second for MS Exchange 2016. Our questions are

1. which server should we migrate over first.
2. when we migrate exchange do we require to do reconnections on the all desktops or the outlook would pick it up itself, we have outlook 2010 - 16
Am I difficult?  In outlook, I don't delete / empty the deleted items folder.  Invariably, there's something I have to look back at months later.

But there's loads of things that really could / should get deleted - USA Today, NY Times news things, etc.

I have a long list of senders that I can load into advanced search and delete  those emails from the deleted items folder.  but it's a long list and the search field for sender isn't long enough.  So I really have 8 lists of address1 OR address2 OR ....

Is there a way to link them or search for more than what will fit in the search field in advanced search of outlook 2016?

Yes, I've saved some space by using rather than (search by the domain not an exact email).  BUt they still take 8 lists.






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).