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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Our small company currently has a Windows SBS 2011 Standard and a Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

The SBS is the DC.  We recently moved our Exchange to a hosted system.  

We have about 45 user/workstations that login to SBS.

The Windows 2008 server is used for our accounting system, inventory system, attendance system and file sharing access.
We would like to remove the SBS and just use the Server 2008 box.

What would we need to do I order to accomplish this?
Last night our SBS 2011 server (with Exchange 2010) had a RAID failure. Would not boot but I could run repair / command prompt and actually copy all of the data to an external drive. RAID drive status is "uninitialized".

 I setup a new SBS server and recreated the 20 or so user mailboxes. The users are back to receiving and sending email on their phones. Outlook clients are the next thing to look at...

I have the entire Mailbox Database folder on an external hard drive. Is there someway that I can dismount the Exchange Store; empty the mailbox Database folder; copy everything from the external drive and mount the Store again?

I also have multiple Server Backups but they are from 11/30 and before.
I had a Windows 10 machine die on me and now I am trying to set up a replacement. I am running Windows SBS 2011 and used the backup feature for the (now dead) machine. I am now trying to connect the new machine to the server so I can restore the backup, but whenever I run the http://[server]/connect command, the client software installation stops with the message: "Cannot connect the computer to the server because either another software installation is in progress, or, the computer has a restart pending. Either complete the installation process, or, restart the computer and try to connect it again."

I have restarted both the client and the server computers since I first got this message; no joy. I have joined the client computer to the domain; it can see the server and other devices on the network.
I thought this would be easy, but...

Helping a neighbor with new computer. Moved from using Windows Live mail? app on old PC to outlook on office 365 on a new computer

Concerning auto complete.... I got their contacts moved over by exporting then importing the contacts as a csv.

But now, for example if bob smith has email robertsmith@yahoo, he wants to be able to type bob on the to line and have autocomplete show that. But it doesn't.  Only if you type on the to line Robe...will it autocomplete the email address.  )and then it shows the entry as bob smilth (there IS a contact with both his name and email address).

Is there a way to control autocomplete to search on name as well as email address?
We have Small Business Server 2011.  As administrator, at times, I need to sign in as the user to help troubleshoot the user's issue but since we have a policy where users are forced to change their passwords regularly, it requires me as the Admin to ask them for their password.  My question is, is there an option to set up SBS 2011 where I As the Administrator can sign in as the user using a main password (i.e. this password can allow any user on the domain access).  I know this may sound as though it defeats the purpose of higher security but only I would know this password.  Not sure if this is doable nor if feasible.  Any ideas?

I am currently using a Microsoft Small Business server 2008 for an office with three people. They are only using the server for file sharing and dhcp. The dhcp can be handled by the firewall. What could I replace this ailing server with? It has to be something onsite as the internet connection is extremely slow...
working on a win 7 computer that's 5 years old.  It's running slow - but has 4GB ram, so that may be the issue.

trying to clean things up.  Right click on c drive, click on properties.  the disk cleanup button is not there.

I saw links to check / create a registry entry for cleanmgr.exe.  but that is there and I am running that manually as a work around.

But the pages also talked about right click on recycle bin.  On this machine, the checkboxes are greyed out  for settings for selected locations and the box at the top (where drives would be listed)  is blank.

also I notice that in windows explorer, folder options, view, I can check show hidden files and uncheck hide protected files... it warns me as expected., I say yes to continue and then they show as I want.  Click OK, and don't see the files.  go back in to the view page and those things are back to 'don't show hidden files' and hide protected files is checked.

What else could be wrong? An easy fix?

I do know that is does show some previous versions under the properties of the c drive. but didn't try actually restoring anything.  so some things aren't broken...
Working on a SBS2011 experiencing the usual SBS WSUS errors that create disk space issues. I decided to clean up the WSUS database by following two articles.

Reinstall WSUS on SBS tried removing from add and remove programs and it errors out. As mentioned in this article I proceeded to the document below to remove the role but have a database question prior to deleting.  

WSUS uninstall is failing I made the changes to the registry mentioned in this article and removed the role which completed successfully. Step 10 states, once WSUS is uninstalled, manually remove the WSUS content and/or database files from the hard drive. This is where I would like to clarify before deleting data. For obvious reasons I want to make sure what I’m deleting will not cause an instability.

My understanding of SQL is it’s installed on the C: partition below where the system databases are displayed. Rather than tamper with the SQL installation the only data I removed here was the log files which grew over 12G. FYI I copied them for further review.

SQL system files located C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\ with the following folders:
LOG (12.8G) cleaned up the log files

On the D: partition there is D:\WSUS with the following folders:
SUSDB.mdb (26.5G)
SUSDB_log.ldf (2.6G)

I opened SQL Studio and see the following SUSDB database
Hi Experts,

I am wondering if someone can clarify an issue.

We have taken over a new client who has 2 servers. 1 x SBS 2011 and 1 x Server 2012 Std. Email is in the cloud and exchange not in use on the SBS 2011 box. The Server 2012 std box is the main server now and has all the active directory FSMO roles set to it including PDC, operations master etc. The SBS 2011 box had a hardware malfunction and has been offline for almost a month but had not been removed from the network prior to failure.

As the active directory roles are already on the 2012 box, can we just remove the old server entry from active directory and DNS without causing any issue as we wont be able to demote SBS 2011 and do things the normal way with it being offline?

Many thanks
It is a SBS 2011 domain, single server. They are using Exchange. Whenever a new profile is set up Outlook automatically autodiscovers the Exchange Server and configures Outlook. I am going to be migrating them to Office 365 and don't want this autodiscover to keep automatically configuring Outlook to the Exchange Server. I basically want to disable autodiscover on the SBS 2011 Server.

   There are a million different articles about it and each one seems different. Has anyone actually done this on a SBS 2011 Server and can confirm that it works? What are the steps?
SBS 2008: I have four pc's out in the factory to which I would like to apply a lockdown  group policy. I have created a 'Shop Floor' security group of which all four pc's are a member. The lockdown policy is applied to that group.Two of the pc's are XP and the policy is being applied just fine. The other two pc's are Windows 7 and the policy is not being applied. Why would this be?
SBS2008 Server on a 1G network doesn't show on the network on all devices. All other computers, WIN7, WIN10, and 2012 Server Standard show all computers minus SBS2008. Any help why the SBS2008 doesn't show would be helpful. There aren't any login issues or DNS problems I'm aware of.
This is Exchange Server 2010
An external user sent an email to A, and CC'd B and C. All 3 users are on the same domain hosted on Exchange 2010.
A and C did not receive this email but B did.
I checked "Tracking Log Explorer" in the Toolbox from Exchange Management Console, it did not show the email arrived at A and C's mailbox, but it showed the email arrived at B's mailbox.
I also checked the antivirus software's log, it did not block anything related to the missing email.

What could be wrong?

1.      Installed a new 2012 r2 server for a client as a new Domain Controller to replace their current 2011 Small Business Server.  (Using Virtual Machines)
2.      Installed Exchange 2013 on the server as client insists it has to be on the same server. New Exchange is set up and ready to go live with new emails as they are eliminating the other emails due to company name change.  However, they want to keep the old email (on Exchange 2010) until all of their contacts (old and new) have the new email address.
3.      Now need to move the old Exchange mailbox from the old 2010 Small Business Server to the new 2012 r2 server with Exchange 2013.
4.      Would like to have both emails on the Exchange 2013 server if possible

I have recently deployed a new Exchange 2016 server in our current SBS 2011 (Server 2008 R2) environment.  The SBS 2011 server is the current domain controller.  I have noticed that ever since moving the Arbitration system mailboxes from the old Exchange 2010 server to the new Exchange 2016 server I am now receiving a Directory-Services-SAM Event ID 16969 error every 15 minutes which states:

"XXX remote calls to the SAM database have been denied in the past 900 seconds throttling window."

  I am not sure if moving the mailboxes is what caused it, but I was not receiving this error before.  After checking the domain controller I did not see any policy that specifically defines this security policy so I am not entirely sure what is causing this to fail since in the local security policy on the Exchange 2016 server has the local Administrators defined to allow access.  Any idea as to what would be causing this?  

Thank you
I am installing a new active directory / exchange 2016 server for one of my clients.  They have at the moment Kerio for their email on the old server that this one will be replacing. Just as a history for it they did have before the kerio an sbs 2008 server which had exchange 2007 on it. The problem I am having at the moment is I have setup the exchange server just like I have done for other customers but for some reason when I try to connect outlook on the computers that are on the domain it will find the email with the autodiscovery and when it searches for it then it puts up a box for credentials. Which these being on the domain and logged in as that person should not do but either way I have even tried to put their credentials in with local domain\username and  username@local domain in the username field and it keeps popping up.  when I do this I make sure the computer is pointing to the correct email server.  If it helps they have outlook 2016 and they get it with office 365.  I did get one user to work correctly I had disabled and deleted the mailbox from exchange then remade the mailbox.  Her computer continued asking till I rebooted it then it worked just fine.  I then disabled and recreated the other users mailboxes but they still have the problem even after a restart.  Also to note that on the computer with the person that it is working correctly with I logged into somebody that it was not working right on and even on that computer it still asks that person for …
I am ready to migrate users from Small Business Server 2003 to Exchange 2010 however I cannot get ActiveSync working for existing users.  If I create a new user on my  Windows 2012 DC and a new mailbox for a user, activesync works fine.   But, anyone who migrates from SBS to Exch2010 does not work.  Also, this only seems to be affecting iPhone users.  Androids seem to work fine.  The Outlook app works as well.
Windows SBS Server 2008

Exchange 2007

Suddenly my long-running Exchange box has started crashing the Transport service. The sequence goes something like this:

Start the Transport service (either manually, or through reboot) with clean Queue folder.
Mail flows fine, but as it does, the mail.que file begins to grow, and TRN*.LOG files accumulate.
Eventually the disk fills up, the Transport service can't write to disk any more, and it craps out.
If I clean space from the disk, then try to restart, The Transport service begins the sequence of replaying the TRN*.LOG files, but it never finishes and eventually the service stops (again).
If I rename the Queue folder to Queue.old and create a new, empty Queue folder, Transport service starts, but we go through the exact same sequence again.

I've investigated this post and performed as many of these functions as seem relevant on an Exchange 2007 installation -
I turned ON circular logging (it was off on all my mailbox databases)
I've disabled Transport Agents
I've disabled antivirus (Defender)
I don't know what to do next. Ideas?
I have a Windows PC that a user is going o take home
it on our Small Business Server 2011 Standard which includes Exchange server 2010
it's using his account

Outlook email account
Server: servername.domain name.domain.pvt
Under more setting
Exchange proxy settings
"Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP" is enabled
proxy server MSSTD:

What do I change on the Outlook email account so the user can continue to  use his Outlook from home?

We’re restocking our cat 6 preterminated data cables.

We’ve ordered from monoprice for years and like them.  Anyone have a better vendor we should try?

Wonder what else we should add in the way of adapters and cables. Usb 3.0? A? B? C? Male? Female? In what combinations <g>

HDMI to Mini DisplayPort? VGA to hdmi? Mini hdmi to vga?  

Haven’t dealt with DPI connectors in a long time.  But there’s loads of vga monitors and newer computers don’t have vga ports

I’d like to be able to be at a client and get the adapter or cable I need from the truck and not have to order it and make a return trip.

Does anyone have a list they could share?
I am doing my first sbs 2011 Standard to office 365 hosted exchange migration.

I am using migration wiz and 4 of 5 mailboxes failed. one talked of actively refiusing the connection.

It reminded me - there's a watchguard firewall at the sbs 2011 location.  I remember once someone else having a problem with too much data going to /. from 1 place that the watchguard shut it off - there's a setting to limit amount of data to / from 1 external location that was on by default.

Anyone know where that is?  Could that be why they are failing the migration?

can you tell me where to look to disable that if it's on. and maybe where to look to see if that feature was activatted in the last 48 hours?

OrganizationId is blank in Exchange server (part of SBS 2011)
I want to set OrganizationId to something as it is required parameter as per the following expert-exchange solution 

My question is: Is setting the value safe? If yes, May I set it to any value or would you like to recommend any value?

ObjectClass                                               : {top, container, msExchOrganizationContainer}
WhenChanged                                               : 11/3/2018 1:03:27 PM
WhenCreated                                               : 12/26/2013 5:52:09 PM
WhenChangedUTC                                            : 11/3/2018 7:33:27 AM
WhenCreatedUTC                                            : 12/26/2013 12:22:09 PM
OrganizationId                                            :
OriginatingServer                                         : DC.ppp.local
We have a new 2nd building on property we own.  someone got verizon fios at the 2nd building (it was already in the 1st building).  They are about 1,200 feet apart with line of sight.

We need the 2nd building to be able to access the network in the first building (and minimize costs).   the 2nd building will have 1 -2  users and MAYBE some file transfers between the 2 buildings, but mostly email, web surfing

I'm trying to see the costs for connecting the 2nd building to our existing network / do we need fios at that 2nd building

Some options I thought of?

1) Setup a VPN - we have a watchguard at building 1 already and that has a VPN to another office in another state.  So add a Watchguard unit for $500? at building 2 and some config time / costs.  and still have the fios ongoing costs.  Anyone know the throughput of a vpn using Verizon fios at both ends?  it's lower than the speed you are paying for from verizon, right?

2) wireless? Maybe Unifi Nanobeam 5AC gen 2 

$113 each and we need 2 of them, plus time / moneh for hardware, mounting poles, etc. That  Would get 400Mbit which is fine (mostly email / web surfing etc at the far end).  But What if we want gigabit on wireless?  Is that doable at a reasonable cost? And can cancel the FIOS

3)  Fiber? I called and they are saying the fiber cable would need to be outdoor rated (regardless of being …
I have a machine that is on a domain.  When I go to Windows Explorer, it shows the network drives.  Also, when I go to properties for "This Computer", it show I'm on the domain.  But when I go to manager and look at the administrator group, it points to the local computer.  When I check "Locations", it only shows the local computer.  This is on a Windows 10 computer which is on a SBS 2011 network.  Any ideas?

On an sbs 2011 standard server I take care of break fix (rather than proactively)., we recently set up reflexion in front of the server for mail spooling and spam filtering. I am not a fan of Reflexion / they seem to block too much legit mail (certainly not a huge amount...1 - 2 a week, but that's still more than I think they should... and mail I would say is clearly spam gets through).

Anyway, a user said they use myemma?? as a database mailer.  They've sent tests to themselves previously and will get them.  This time, they didn't.

I looked at reflexion's log and it said it was sent on successfully to the server, but failed with this message:

failed after I sent the message. STARTTLS proto=TLSv1; cipher=AES128-SHA. Remote host said: 550 5.7.1 Message rejected as spam by Content Filtering.

The exchange box has content filtering?  I never managed it.

1) What's the best way to turn it off?  I went into EMC, organization-> hub transport, anti-spam tab and disabled content filtering.  IS that good?
2) Is there a way to run a report of the mail that was stopped by this filter?  I'd be curious how routine this was happening.
3) Any thoughts on why it 'worked last time' and not this tme?  The actual content of the email?  Does content filtering get updates on its own?

Thank you!






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).