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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
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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 usatoday.com rather than news@usatoday.com (search by the domain not an exact email).  BUt they still take 8 lists.
Can someone help with what are likely brain dead simple questions?

A user has a desktop. He wants to be able to get to the files on his laptop also. The old way is to share the my docs and desktop folders. But then he can get to them only when on the LAN.

So I install ondrive for business on the desktop (he has office 365 Business).  I check the boxes for protecting the desktop and my docs, which puts those folders in onedrive.

Now on the laptop, I'll install onedrive for business, use the same user credentials.... when on the desktop, he'd go to my docs normally to get to the files.  On the laptop, he'd go to the ondrive folder and then docs?

Is there a more consistent way to set things up so he goes to the same place regardless of the machine he's on?

And what happens if you check the boxes to protect the desktop and my docs on the laptop?  Does it out the files from the desktop's desktop and my docs into the laptops's desktop and my docs?  That's kinda I think the best way - effectively mirroring the desktop and my docs on both machines / he'd go to desktop or my docs on either machine and see the same files?

1 key thing is that he's using a local username... and both have to be the same for recent file pointers to work.  they can't be c:\users\bob on 1 machine and c:\users\Bsmith on the other, right?
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,
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

Please tell me I'm wrong:  When using S4B to call a business that has a telephone auto-attendant, our S4B dialpad works just fine.  However, if I and an employee call a business together in a S4B call, the dialpad buttons do not work.  MS tends to suggest that this is a known bug.  We're about to agree and leave it at that... and leave S4B.

But really?  What an obvious thing to need to do.  We REALLY need to do this to train our employees on calling clients, etc.

MS seems to be moving from S4B to Teams.  Teams seems to be entirely geared toward pre-scheduled meetings where all attendees have agreed to join.  This is not our need AT ALL.  We need on-the-fly ability to add a voice call to an existing voice call AND be able to punch a dialpad for auto-attendants.

Therefore, we're looking for economical (5 users or less) solutions for our VOIP needs.  MS Office 365 E3 (which we'll keep) runs us $20/month, but in addition, for Skype PTSN dialing we also need $12/month/user for Domestic Calling Plan and $8/month/user for Phone System.  Therefore, our phone system needs are $20/month/user.

Can someone recommend some economical VOIP solutions? Thank you, yes we've looked - but that process is EXTREMELY unproductive (i.e. false/misleading claims on websites, feature listings are incomplete, etc., etc.)

Thank you!
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?
I have a need to change the Public domain used by an SBS2011 server.

The client has changed their business name and we have registered a new Public domain name and I wondered if with SBS2011, to change the public domain name, I just need to run the  "Setup your internet Address" wizard to replace the old external domain with the new.
I also recognise I need to
  1. redo the SSL cert.
  2. reset the email addresses
  3. Check the receive connectors
  4. ditto for send

Has anyone tried this?
I have installed a DC server (Windows Server 2016) in parallel to SBS server, to replace SBS. But, somehow I couldn't connect with shares on new server from any domain computer. I can still ping the new DC but I can browser shares. Error: Network resource is unavailable.

I checked the firewall inbound rules, form SMB to TCP. Its blocked and I couldn;t find any way to turn it on. Its says its controlled by system administrator.

Any help will be much appriciated
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SBS2008: I want to start using RWW to connect to my office pc. I already worked out that IE is the only browser that will get you in there, and then only after adding the site to the compatibility view settings.

So now I can get into RWW and see the screen with the 3 main buttons. When I click the 'Connect to a Computer' button I get the list of available computers, but when I choose the computer I want, a blank window pops up and I can get no further (see attached image)

Can anyone help me with this please?
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
We Just took on a new client that is running SBS2003 as the DC and they also have a VMware Server Running 4 guests one of them Is the secondary domain controller.
There are around 9 users on the domain, and we would like to know if it will be easier to just create a new Domain or go through the whole process of backing up their profiles and adding them to the new domain. then restoring their profiles.

If we do go with a new Domain what would be the easiest way to setup the Workstations without having to recreate a profile on the workstations. Is there any freeware out there that will help with this issue.
I have a client with a SBS2011 server and about a dozen workstations. (I know SBS is old, but it works and he's fine with it for now.) He just bought two new computers with Win10 Pro on them. They joined the domain fine, but I found that remote desktop is not working. The SBS domain group policy to allow RDP is enabled and firewall rules are set to allow. All current and recently added Win7 computers pick up the group policy rules just fine and RDP works on them.

When I go into the Win10 Settings -> System -> Remote Settings the switch to turn on RDP is off and greyed out. The weird thing is when I open the old Control Panel (I like that way better than the Win10 settings app) and check the remote desktop settings, it says it is on and configured by the group policy. Soooooo....

Any ideas would be great appreciated. Thanks!
How to Export / Extract a list of mail box names and alias's etc. from MS Exchange 6.5

We have a very old version of MS Exchange, version 6.5 when came within MS SBS 2003 ( which 15 years later we are moving away from, it has served us very well, and we have been living on a wing and a prayer that we didn’t get hacked on an unsupported platform, phew!. Fair dues to it, it help up through all the MS updates and various attacks. Hopefully o365 is as good)

We are in the process of migration to Office 365.

Other than sitting with a laptop and a spreadsheet in front of the exchange server, is there and faster way of exporting all the exchange user accounts/mail boxes, alias's, who the aliases forward mail to, contacts that are setup as external addresses but do not  have mail boxes, etc.

It would be very helpful.

Thank you.

Any good help would be very much appreciated.
I have had an issue with APC Powerchute Business Edition  9.5 on Windows SBS 2011. When rebooting the server it gets stuck when trying to run the APCBEserver services. Only stopping this service would allow Windows to start. APC would not automatically uninstall so followed instructions here:

restarted server and the services etc were gone.

Then tried installing Powerchute 8.6. Agent ran fine but when trying to install the server it got stuck on starting service. Again followed above instructions with mixed results. It looks like APC is not fully installing (see below for full details)

Entries for 64 bit System:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\APC\PowerChute Business Edition\agent
Present in registry: Yes
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\agent
Present in registry: No

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\agent
Present in registry: No. Howver secondary key of v:upsmanager is present. (Attachment 1) Screenshot1

Present in registry: Yes

Present in registry: Yes
Present in registry: Yes
MS SQL corruption error

Getting this error on a sbs 2011 server

The description for Event ID 8646 from source MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.

If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.

The following information was included with the event:


The specified resource type cannot be found in the image file

Any ideas?
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.

A customer is running Windows Small Business 2011 Standard.

I am unable to connect using Remote Web Workspace to any workstations (or server).  I do see the list of available machines.  However, when attempting to connect, I receive the following error:

Remote Desktop Connection
Your computer can't connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server is temporarily unavailable.  Try reconnecting later or contact your network administrator for assistance.

I have tried using different login names, with the same results.  Any suggestions would be welcome.


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SBS2008 boots and functions as a DC, Gateway etc but the D drive is not recognised.
In device manager and Disk Management the drives are recognised, but Disk 1 comes up Unknown Not Initalized.
If I try to initialize it id comes up "the System Cannot Find the File Specified"
It appears there are some chkdsk errors... this is an old SBS 2008 server... already EOL, we are planning to replace first thing 2019.  

This server has some critical files on it (Accounting, HR, etc)

I am a bit nervous to run the chkdsk /f due to risk of data loss/problems/it running for days... etc... but of course I realize there must be risk running with these errors.

Curious if anyone has any input on how bad these errors might be (given that it does atleast say 0 bad sectors)

See screenshots for details

We have a client whose is running Exchange on SBS 2011. The Exchange program has corrupted & we are unable to get any of the services started.

We were planning to move them to 365 anyway so have done this. Most of the users have local cached copies of their mailboxes so we have been able to transfer the history using this.

3 users however did not so we have used Kernel for Exchange Server to extract the 3 pst files from which extract ok. The issue is when we come to import the data into the new 365 account all the received dates are either showing as none or 01/01/1601. I have used this program mutiple times before and has worked fine so I dont think its the program.

I thought maybe the EDB was corrupt so I have run a ESEUTIL repair & run the extract again but I get the same results. If you drill down into the pst from within Kernel the emails are showing with the correct dates so the EDB is giving the dates.

Has anyone else come across this issue? I have until Sunday evening to solve this problem!
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?


We have a client using SBS 2011 with a self issued cert.

They have a few people who RDP to the ext IP of the Terminal Server from home. All are fine except 1 user. User is on Win 10 Home (all other users are using pro)

When they try to connect to the server they get the following errror -

This computer cant verify the identity of the RD Gateway "***.***.***.***". It's not safe to connect to servers that cant be identifed. Contact your network administrator for assistance.

I have gone to View certificate & installed the certificate locally like all the help docs say but it still gives this error message.

This has worked before but stopped about 2 weeks ago. Nothing has changed on the users laptop/server.
I Have a number of similar sbs2011 server all configured similar all working fine
SSL Certificate Valid till to at least 2019
only recently One has issues with Autodiscover,  server has been restarted, all required services running
I was using the A record also tried SRV, Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer test Okay either way
OWA works fine no errors & existing users local or remotely are still connected to various outlook versions
When trying to connect to outlook 2016 Internally or remotely “enter email address”
The password prompt keeps bouncing back to me (regardless of the account)
It will connect to other email accounts on different sbs2011 servers
It prompts for the password & gives the user as an email account & I can manually to domain\user
But as soon as I hit apply comes straight back,
Same issue when trying to connect via outlook directly
Tried setting up a new user, same issue
I can connect with outlook 2010 with full manual setup msstd, etc






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).