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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SBS2011 VM Memory Usage

  I converted a physical SBS2011 server as a virtual machine in Hyper-V server. A standalone SBS2011 had 24GB of RAM and I assigned the same amount when creating a virtual machine for it.
  Recently we migrated Exchange from SBS to Online and I disabled all Exchange related services in Services.msc.
  Do I still need to assign 24GB of RAM for this virtual machine? Sharepoint is probably still running in the background although we don't use it.

windows small business server 2011 - exchange server -

shared calendar created by an authorized user disappear after a few seconds

Ideas?  Ask me for any other info.
I'm cleaning up the Group Policy on a system i'm taking over and its a Server 2012 R2 domain that has been migrated from SBS 2003.  The Small Business Server is gone and there is no trace of any SBS object left in AD and Exchange is completely gone as they have migrated to Office365.

My question is is it safe to remove the old "Small Business Server" policy's from GPMC.msc?  Attached is a screen shot of the console, i would like to disable and then delete them in a couple days.  It appears they all have the default settings and where never modified.


I am migrating our domain from SBS2011 (old box)  to Windows Server 2016 Standard (on a new box).  I have already migrated the mailboxes from Exchange to Office 365 and removed Exchange from the SBS box.  I moved the FSMO roles from old SBS to 2016 DC yesterday.  I have a few more things to do before migrating group, user and computer accounts and then Apps & Data.  I've started getting errors that I'm out of compliance withe the SBS license.  Upon reading the license, I went out of compliance when I moved the FSMO roles off the SBS server.  I seem to recall reading that I have 7 days of allowed non-compliance before SBS starts spontaneously shutting down with maddening regularity.  Can anyone verify that time period and add any other interim consequences I should be watching for?  Thanks in advance.
I have an issue with a Dell PowerEdge 2900 server running SBS 2008 where Dell OpenManage application fails to open (see below).

Any ideas how i can troubleshoot as i am receiving monitoring info via 3rd party application using SNMP however it would be good to access the GUI via OpenManage

Considering moving from exchange server sbs to hosted exchange or O365 for users. What I must be able to do that we do now is for users to have the ability to share and edit other users calendars.
Is Hosted exchange better for this or O365 ; a plus would be for other users on either Exchange hosted or O365 on outside domains to edit calendars .
We have several companies with differing domains , that individuals need to see the General Managers calendars to arrange ,meetings  etc .
Currently we are all under one domain; with one very tied Exchange SBS server, and it appears hosted exchange or O365 is the future .

Also we are talking about a very small group of individuals that need this ability
We have migrated our (relatively plain vanilla) setup from SBS2011 to a new "full" AD, ie two standalone 2016 servers (Exchange, SQL and file servers) to which we have moved all the AD roles.
Overall everything seems to work as expected.
However we still have the legacy "myBusiness" structure in our AD (I don't really mind) and, much to my surprise, I have recently joined a new 2019 (test) server to my domain and by default, it ended up in SBSComputers.
  • What setting did I miss (ie. I still have something that refers to the SBS setup) ?
  • Is it safe to move my regular users from SBSUsers to Domain/Users ?
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?
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.

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
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)
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 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.
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.
Hi all,

I want to make sure that only one person is able to logon on to the Remote Web Access of Windows 2012 Essentials. However, when I delist a user from the group in AD it is not working.
Can you help me with this?

Best regards,
I am doing a migration from Exchange Server running on a SBS 2011 server to Office 365. With Outlook 2013 you can edit the account and see what server it is connecting to. With 2016 you can't. So how can I tell what server a Outlook 2016 client is connecting to?
How do I install .Net 4.6 / 4.7 on to SBS 2008r2 so I can upgrade Sage Account v23 to v24
Hi, I had a Client's Virtual Server (VMWare/ESXI server) infected with .adobe (Dharma) ransomware. I haven't been able to restore it from a Windows Image Backup. I do have a backup of all the data/partitions as vhd files from a manual backup. I haven't been able to get Windows Server Backup to see this location though.

The good thing is I still have the old physical server that the current virtual server image was taken from earlier this year. It still boots up and seems to work ok. The plan is to attach the VHD's via Disk Management and manually copy/restore the data. I will have to update Active directory with the new users that were added since earlier this year.

I have a question regarding Active Directory and Exchange.

1. If I create the user profiles again in active directory, will the users be able to see their mailboxes when I mount the backed up Exchange database?

Server OS: Windows Small Business Server 2011 r2
Exchange: Exchange 2010

Note: I know this is a messy situation. Ideally I would have liked to just create a new virtual server and restore the data but in this circumstance it hasn't been possible.

Thanks in advance

Outlook 2016 (Office 365 home account) for Mac not working with on-premise SBS 11 server.
I can create the account and it begins to sync.
I cannot send an email (eventually get an error 17119 and it is done).
Outlook logging yields absolutely nothing of value.

Exchange SP3 with update rollup 24.
Latest build of MacOS on brand new iMac with fully up to date Office 2016.

The customer installed the 365 Home version himself.
I thought that this was not allowed (365 Home running against Exchange 2010 mailbox), but there are no errors to the contrary.
The first one is on his iMac and is working (but if he tries to add the second account to his iMac he gets the same issue on this second iMac.

Have tried this on the same LAN as the SBS box and on wireless that goes out through a different public IP address - no difference.
I also blew away all the Outlook accounts and tried setting up another customer's administrator account that runs SBS 2011 and it did not function either - same issue.
I have an SBS 2011 standard  server. The AD seems to be broken. I can't add PCs to the domain. I can add them via the AD Users and Computers but they don't "attach". We can access the server by logging into the PC with the domain credentials but they ask for them again when we go to the share. Exchange is not functioning. The self-assigned certificate was not working and I did the repair on that but I'm not sure it worked.  DNS is not being used on the server as we have customers use our wireless and we don't want them to have access to our internal network.

What other information would you like to help me with issues?






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).