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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 installed a server2016 essentials (new) my existing client PC is windows 10pro, it was previously joined to a sbs 2012 and outlook 2016 worked well. I demoted the PC to a local account and then re-joined the new domain. now outlook wont autodiscover my external provider supplying managed exchange services. (outlook 2016 can only autodiscover)
OWA Works fine and my laptop working via a non domain workgroup all ok too, if I revert to the server sbs2012 all ok too, so something points to the route through the domain to the external autodiscover.  Any suggestions appreciate
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I used this question in the past to solve a Remote Desktop problem:


However today I have a problem that is not resolving.  A user needs to remote onto her desktop and I keep seeing this:

Login failed. (4320)
 Try using Administrator credentials or ensure you have User Access Control permissions.

what should I look at? Her machine is Win7Pro and the domain server is an SBS 2008.
We have a Windows 2011 SBS server.   We never used the Exchange built in but it appears that our Outlook 2013 on the Windows 7 desktops have an ost file setup and the old external pop3 email we used with a small ISP for email.
We are switching to Office 365 shared Exchange and getting rid of the pop3 email.  We have setup the users in Office 365 admin portal.  Have exported the Outlook pst files on the individual users Outlook 2013 desktops.  We uninstalled Office 2013 from the desktop.  Downloaded and installed Office 2016 from the Microsoft Office 365 portal.       when starting Outlook 2016 on the desktop it tries to connect to the ost file we never used on SBS server and also the old pop3 email.   Do we need to delete the user's Outlook Profile and create a new one?  How do we do that and will it cause a problem with the users internal network login?  Will Windows SBS server try to force internal use of the Exchange built into it?
Do we need to actual remove the user from active directory in the Windows SBS console or can we just delete the Outlook profile   As I understand it things need to be done in  the SBS console or it may affect the whole server and network
Suddenly clients cannot RPC from Outlook outside the network - everything fine inside.
- Thirdparty Cert fine - common name is fine
- Passes Microsoft Connectivity Test - ALL GREEN
- Phones connect
- OWA Connects
- DCDIAG is perfect
Simply does not see the server. Tired Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 for connection over internet - everything fails

Any ideas?
Hello, I am trying to migrate a DC from Windows SBS 2008 server to a Win 2012R2 Standard server.  I have downloaded dcdiag and I have problems now with the domain controller being found.  I have not yet demoted the 2008 SBS Server.

I have reviewed the DNS and cannot get the connectivty test to work correctly which I beleive is part of the problem.

the dcdiag results are as follows:

Domain Controller Diagnosis

Performing initial setup:
   Done gathering initial info.

Doing initial required tests
   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\xyz2017
      Starting test: Connectivity
         The host bd8c4734-d1d3-4a57-8422-d17200041a41._msdcs.abcinc.local could not be resolved to an
         IP address.  Check the DNS server, DHCP, server name, etc
         Although the Guid DNS name

         (bd8c4734-d1d3-4a57-8422-d17200041a41._msdcs.abcinc.local) couldn't

         be resolved, the server name (xyz2017.abcinc.local) resolved to the

         IP address ( and was pingable.  Check that the IP address

         is registered correctly with the DNS server.
         ......................... xyz2017 failed test Connectivity

Doing primary tests
   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\xyz2017
      Skipping all tests, because server xyz2017 is
      not responding to directory service requests
   Running partition tests on : ForestDnsZones
      Starting test: CrossRefValidation
This either never came up before for us or a long time ago.
User A is on vacation but getting mail on their phone
User  B wants to send as that user to a customer

we don't know user a's password. I could change that in the SBS 2011 and user b logs in and sends as them in OWA or similar. But that would break his email on his phone and require talking to him on vacation. Don't want to do that and that is low tech way.

Some googling, I go into EMC, server, recipient, mailbox and added user B using action on the right side 'manage send as permission' to user A - or do I have that backwards?

User B closed & opened outlook.  Clicked on from button, typed user A name and tried to send to her personal email as test.  it failed - you don't have permission.

Repeated steps adding user A to user B's 'manage send as permission'. Repeat and still failed.

Tried "manage full access permission" on user A's account and still failed.

Does it take time to update in exchange?

Am I doing something wrong?

Then once they send as user A, how does user B see user A's mailbox for the reply?
Trying to move away from the &%$#$-ing 2008 SBS & yet another issue rears its ugly head.
When trying to run some of the pending updates, true to form, it rebooted & never did get to the desktop. I restored from a backup, but since then, network shares weren't available. They showed up with the red X on them & when double clicking, I'm getting the message;
\\Server is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
Logon failure:The target account name is incorrect.
Permissions haven't changed & name is correct, as has been the case since it was installed.  
I can ping the server by name or IP without problems.
If I go to map network drive, as soon as I select the server, I get that same message. But, if I put \\\share it maps the drive, no problem. Now, since I'm in the process of replacing this, I just re-created the shares on one of my new & improved servers, remapped everyone to those & all is well & I am only including all this, as it may lead to a solution my to bigger problem.
My bigger problem is when someone is using the remote desktop server (2008 R2) & tries to open outlook, a dialog box pops up,
Connecting to mailserver.mydomain.local, along with username (domainname\username) & a password box.
Entering password doesn't work, so Outlook never opens.
A few other things to consider as a possibility here, that version of outlook…
Windows does not have enough information to verify the certificate. Comcast modem (Hiltron?). Should be installed on the server. I am running SBS 2011 as a virtual server.
I have SharePoint 2013 running on Server 2012 R2 Standard.
We have a fairly basic site that consists almost exclusively of document repositories.
I've been trying to configure the Search Service Application to crawl the site for search indexing.
Initially, I followed recommendations found online to create a Default Content Access Account for the Search Service, and gave it permissions to both the SQL databases, as well as full read permissions to the Web Application for the site.

After adding the site as a Content Source, I started a crawl and received the following error:
Access is denied. Verify that either the Default Content Access Account has access to this repository, or add a crawl rule to crawl this repository. If the repository being crawled is a SharePoint repository, verify that the account you are using has "Full Read" permissions on the SharePoint Web Application being crawled.

To try and narrow down the permissions issue, I switched the Search Service to use an account with full administrative permissions to the Web Application, and received the same error.

So far, I've tried using an account that has explicit Full Control permissions both on the Web Application and the Site Permissions. As well as Full Control permissions on the Search Service Application itself, same error.
I've tried using the Farm account as well, same error.

I've tried creating a new Application Pool for the Search Service.
I've tried creating a new Search Service …
Email not distributing to users, now I have a group policy failures on workstations,  they can see the exchange server and send email, but can't receive emails, also the mapped drives are now not connecting as well.
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Is there any kind of an all in one update roll up available for 2008 SBS? I've currently got 177 pending & have been gun shy about running updates on this, since it's always ended badly, having to restore from a backup. I've tried all at once, smaller groups of 20 - 30, but again, they've all ended badly. I am (finally) starting the process of replacing it & in the migration guide I'm using, having it all up to date is strongly recommended. Are there any updates that are all inclusive? Is there a certain order I should let them run in?
Suggestions, please!
Our SBS 2011 Server at the moment seems to be using up disk space quite quickly. I have deleted as many logs as I can
think of which normally get it back to around the 10GB mark but later the same day it can be back around 4GB or
sometimes 2 or 3. I now really need a permanent solution to this as i cannot keep continually monitoring it.

I have run TreeSize (See attached)

Thanks in advance
I have a server running SBS 2011 and Exchange 2010, Have configured domain DNS SVR Record and our remote web access site works just fine, but for some reason I can't get the Autodiscover to work from outside the network using outlook (any version).  When I run the remote connectivity test for activesync with autodiscover I get the following
An error message was returned from the Autodiscover service
XML response:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<Autodiscover xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/autodiscover/responseschema/2006">
<Response xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/autodiscover/mobilesync/responseschema/2006">
<DisplayName>UGW Admin</DisplayName>
<Message>No external URL is available to access this mailbox with Exchange ActiveSync. Your Exchange server configuration needs to be adjusted to allow access.</Message>
HTTP Response Headers:
Persistent-Auth: true
Content-Length: 736
Cache-Control: private
Content-Type: text/xml; charset=utf-8
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:55:31 GMT
Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
X-AspNet-Version: 2.0.50727
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
Elapsed Time: 1384 ms.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I have exchange 2010 SBS migration project(32 users)
Exchange 2010 needs latest rollup update,SP,hotixes…befor migration,but server is is hanging by a thread.
It takes 10 min to open ex 2010 console.If I install RU,SP,hotfixes and restart server there is a possibility to crash the server.Usual migration is not an option.
What else can I do?
Install exchange 2016 and than what?Migrate pst?
Any advice?
Hi there,

We want to import our customers email (phone etc) from an excel list into Outlook/Exchange, for all users in our organisation. Some of our customers also have the same email address.

We have a Windows SBS 2012 Environment (Exchange 2010), clients are using Outlook 2010/2013.

What is the best way to do this?
Drive Configuration on SBS2011Hi,
 I like to try Migrating a Physical SBS2011 to Hyper-V  VM using Windows Server Backup. So far what I gathered from the various postings on this job is this:
(1) Do a complete backup of SBS2011 on an external USB hard drive.
(2) Create a Virtual Machine with same CPU count, RAM and HD space bigger than current size.
(3) Start the VM with SBS2011.iso.
(4) On Installation screen, choose "Repair your computer".
(5) ON "System Recovery Options" window, choose "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier".
(6) From "Select a system image back" screen, somehow point to the external USB hard drive.
(7) On "Choose additional Restore Options" window, make additional adjustments necessary.
(8) Click [Finish].
I got this information from this link: http://blog.ronnypot.nl/?p=615

Before I proceed, I have questions.
Q1) I have been doing Windows Server backup on a external USB hard drive for years. Can I use current external USB backup drive or should I make a separate complete backup on another external USB HD?
Q2) How do I make USB hard drive - (that I created in Step (1) -  show up in Step (6)
Q3) Current physical SBS2011 has completely different hardware than new Hyper-V server. Having said that, what adjustment should I make in Step (7)?
Q4) As seen on Disk Mgmt screenshot, I have three drive letters. C & F are from same hard drive and E is on another hard drive in RAID system. If I allocate 2TB of hard drive space …
Task Scheduler - WSUS Log CleanerIIS - Max File sizeHi,

  I discovered that  C:\InetPub folder on SBS2011 is taking up more than 14GB.
  I found an article where I saw two ways of managing it:
 (1) Open IIS manager/WSUS Administration/Logging and set Maximum fie size (in bytes). This field is currently empty.
 (2) Open Task Scheduler/Microsoft/Windows/Window Small Business Server 2011 Standard, select WSUSLogCleaner task/Actions and change the default value of 100 in "Add arguments (options):" field to something less.

 I am curious what other experts do in these settings?
 Why do I need these log files?


We have 4TB NAS storage receiving backup data generated by ArcServe D2D v.16.0.11174 via iSCSI from SBS 2011 server. The backup disk is now full and we need to free up space.

Recently we copied apx. 600GB data from win server’s internal disk to another internal disk. It seems that it didn’t consumed backup storage disk space. But the customer used to have SBS’s Exchange and since we now use o365 I wonder if we can delete exchange backups from the NAS storage.

How to accomplish that?
Any other ideas how to free up space from the backup target?

ArcServe D2D v.16.0.11174
Win SBS Server 2011
VMware ESX.i 6
Strange the fonts only change in Outlook on the remote device. Fine when I'm working remote however when I get into the office it's hard to work in Outlook on my desktop.  

To clarify only Outlook fonts are smaller everything else has not changed.
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Environment: SBS 2011, Exchange 2010

I am trying to configure Remote Web Workplace for users to access emails and Office PCs remotely.

After installing an SSL certificate for "remote.domainname" I was able to log in to the RWW with no issue

When I try to then access the OWA, i.e remote.domainname/owa I get the following message:

"This site can’t be reached

The webpage at https://remote.domainname/owa/auth.owa might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

Within iis I binded the newly installed certificate to .443.

I'm assuming there is something else I need to do to associate the exchange services and the rww with the new certificate but I'm not sure what, or how to.

Can anyone offer some insight?
Exchange 2010 SP3 RU15 on SBS 2011 and can't get either RU16 or RU17 installed. Goes all the way through, then goes to rolling back.

Windows 2008 R2 is fully patched and a VM on a 2012 R2 server with latest Integration Components. Still on PowerShell 2.0 - read that beyond that is not supported on 2010.

I see this is C:\ExchangeSetupLogs\ServiceControl.log
[16:12:39] System.Management.Automation.RuntimeException: Cannot index into a null array.
   at System.Management.Automation.ArrayReferenceNode.GetValue(Object target, Object index, ExecutionContext context)
   at System.Management.Automation.ArrayReferenceNode.Execute(Array input, Pipe outputPipe, ExecutionContext context)
   at System.Management.Automation.ExpressionNode.Execute(Array input, Pipe outputPipe, ExecutionContext context)
   at System.Management.Automation.ParseTreeNode.Execute(Array input, Pipe outputPipe, ArrayList& resultList, ExecutionContext context)
   at System.Management.Automation.StatementListNode.ExecuteStatement(ParseTreeNode statement, Array input, Pipe outputPipe, ArrayList& resultList, ExecutionContext context)

Doesn't give me a lot to go on. Are there other logs files anywhere that might give some clue as to the issue? I would leave it alone, but have a user complaining that their calendar stopped syncing on their iPhone and wanted to get Exchange as current as possible.
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Hi guys,

I'm having an issue with a client and their Out of Office not working through Outlook 2013/2016 and I'm given the lovely error message of "Your automatic reply settings cannot be displayed because the server is currently unavailable. Try again later".

* The server is an SBS 2011 (aka Exchange 2010) server, running SP3 UR18
* I have rebuilt the Virtual Directories (couldn't access OWA initially, internally from the server, but can now)
* InternalURL and ExternalURL for each VD are set to the FQDN with the SSL certificate
* Autodiscover is set up via http://<url>/Autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml and is accessible
* I've tested by setting up a profile externally (aka on my work computer) and OoF WORKS
* OOF is accessible via OWA
* Internally machines are configuring via SCP, however have implemented a registry override which sets it to ignore SCP and this doesn't work either
* Initially the server (and environment time) was out by 13 minutes, however this was gradually brought back into sync
* All relevant ports are open to the exchange server (SMTP / 443)
* Compared the settings to a known working SBS 2011 client and cannot find any differences
* checked permissions of website in IIS manager, everything matches above mentioned client
* I've checked the settings in AD Sites and Services
- Services > Microsoft Exchange > [CLIENT] > Administrative Groups > Exchange Administrative Group > Servers > [Server] > Protocols > Autodiscover | Properties | Keywords…

I try to migrate since 1 week from an exchange 2007 ( OS: Windows SBS 2008) to Office 365.

I follow prerequisites bellow :
- Check exchange 2007 version : 08.03.0485.001
- install cerfificate SAN
- Check outlook anywhere ( problem with rpc over http which was in conflict with ts gateway, that can be solved after reinstallation of Rpc over Http and remove ts gateway on Windows SBS)
- Check Outlook connectivity from https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/ => All is green
- Give the rights for admin exchange to all mailbox on exchange on premise

But the cutover migratation doesn't work, the error bellow appears : Object reference not set to an instance of an object appear for all the mailbox

Here results of powershell command :

On Exchange OnLine[PS] C:\[PS] C:\Users\Administrateur\Desktop>Test-MigrationServerAvailability -ExchangeOutlookAnywhere -Autodiscover -EmailAddress administrateur@domain.com -Credentials $Credentials

RunspaceId         : 4473ff68-84ad-4613-b2d2-a0067fe1f6b9
Result             : Failed
Message            : The migration service failed to detect the migration endpoint using the Autodiscover service. Consider using the Exchange Remote
                      Connectivity Analyzer (https://testexchangeconnectivity.com) to diagnose the connectivity issues.
ConnectionSettings :
SupportsCutover    : True
ErrorDetail        : Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.AutodiscoverLocalException: The Autodiscover service couldn't be …
Im currently migrating SBS 2011 (Exchange2010) to Exchange 2016. The migration is successful for most of the part. I do have a strange autodiscover issue. So far i migrated about 60 mailboxes and for some reason i have only about 5 users which wont connect after migration whereas all the others have no problem
I run the test email config in outlook and it cant see any autodiscover methods. This is not a problem in outlook 2013, i can setup the exchange proxy. However in outlook 2016 i have no option to point manually to the exchange server.
I did notice going to the account settings that outlook was still trying to connect to exchange 2010 rather than exchange 2016.
Any idea why this only affect a few user any help appreciated.






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).