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SBS 2011 Autodiscover record not working with Outlook
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Is there anything I can do to increase our VPN speed?  We use the built in VPN Microsoft has in Win7Po and SBS 2008. The SBS 2008 is at a data center with 100/100 speed and the Win7Pro machines have 100/10 connection speed.  However the VPN speed tests at 18/5 speed.  If I disconnect from VPN and speed test again, the speed is 65/9 roughly.  When I VPN connect again, speed tests at 18/5 again. So, why is VPN so slow and how can I increase the speed?

Another point is this: not long ago the Win7Pro machines where on a connection speed of 50/5 and when we VPN"d to the SBS 2008 that is on the 100/100 speed network, the speed was still roughly 18/5.

So, seems like the internet connection speed is not causing the limitation.  What should I look at?
the internet here will go out for 5 - 10 seconds several times a day.

Wondering if there's anything you can see that's a problem or just a loose connection on the pole somewhere (and how likely will they find it?).

I was using a new netgear docsis 3 modem and having this problem.
Got a Cablevision supplied motorola docsis 2 modem and put that in and problem continues
theres only the cable modem on the coax. No TVs.
Connections I can get to - both sides of the lightning arrester / grounding tap outside and the cable connection onto the modem are tight and cablevision installed connectors.
i set up to ping -t.  It'll go on for a while with time of 10 - 15 ms.  then it'll just stop for 5 - 10 seconds.  Then start back up with 10 - 15ms.
I was getting similar error messages on the netgear router, now these messages.  I'd think any systemic / DHCP address problems would have the connection be out completely, not for 5 - 10 seconds every once in a while. But are these errors indicative of other issues?

I called cablevision and they poo pood their old surfboard modem. So I put the netgear back in the network.  Got the errors in the last picture.  And internet went out for minutes and I rebooted the modem and it came back up.

There's a picture below of the signals at the netgear and it has a 6db attenuator in it. the rep said signals are ok / better with the 6db in there than without it.  But the uncorrected errors?  the outage needing a reboot?  And the …
SBS 2011 SSL renewal from Go Daddy.
I download the new cert,use the wizard to install and it gives me an invalid cert.

I had M$ dial in the last time on a different server and it involved serial number and thumbprint fixes to install the new cert.
Anybody got a real step by step guide on how to do this?
I am migrating from SBS2003 to separate DCs and Exchange 2013.  I've completed the migration to exchange 2010 so far and completely decommissioned the SBS.  Its been this way for a few months now and I'm ready to migrate further to Exchang 2013.

However before I start this process, there's one issue that's been bugging me. When the SBS was in place, there was an archive mailbox for the user 'info' which was stored in the public folders.  This was a default config of SBS  i believe.  Now when somone sends to, they get an NDR stating    "The message reached the recipient's e-mail system, but delivery was refused. Attempt to resend the message.  If it still fails, contact your system administrator. smtp;554 5.2.0 STOREDRV.Deliver.Exception:ObjectNotFoundException; Failed to process message due to a permanent exception with message  The Active Directory user wasn't found. ObjectNotFound Exception:  The Active Directory user wasn't found.

I didn't migrate the Public Folders as they were not required.  Whats the best way to remove the references to the info archive mailbox?

We have a windows small business server 2008 R2 which had some internet issues.
Upon attempted repairs it came across some other issue where instead of a domain the nic thought it was connected to public network rather than a domain. DNS DHCP can't connect to the local server and even SBS manager won't load the network tab, I frequently get the message the server is not operational and \\SERVER01\ (its own address) is just missing from the network tab.
I've tried running the fix network wizard and connect to internet but both fail.

When trying to initially repair the internet I did attempt to configure the DHCP to switch it to the router and DNS also, I've check the services and tried to rename the dns suffix to its original domain name but it says unauthorized next to it.

Please help
Hi,  we have a client with a server running SBS 2011 Essentials,

when we try to open Windows Server Backup to check the backups we get his error message (see attached file)

can anybody assist with this as everything we've tried doesnt work.  anything else that opens using MMC (DHCP, Services) seems to open OK.

I need the help of an IT Technician experienced with Exchange 2010, and setting up an Autodiscover DNS record between EARTHLINK Domain hosting and an on site SBS 2011 Server in default exchange configuration.
Does Access Anywhere in Server 2016 with Essentials Experience role enabled provide the same functionality as Remote Web Workplace in SBS 2008? I'm not talking about full RDS server access to a Terminal Server that requires CALs but only RDGateway so users can securely login over RDP/HTTPS to their own physical workstation without a paid CAL.
Search engine does not start search in Windows SBS 2011 Exchange

I write any character in the search box and the only thing I can see is that it changes the name of the window with the data I wrote but does not start any search.

+ I have Windows SBS 2011 Exchange Standard
+ I have Windows Search installed
+ The Administrator user account fails, some permissions do not handle them well.

Please!!!! Your help, I do not know what else I can do
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Server virtualization.

Currently have a multi server environment.  Two of the server have AD roles installed.  One is an old SBS 2011 server and the other is a newer Server 2016 running our Exchange.
We are going to replace the SBS2011 system, but there is some old accounting software that we need access to for historical/tax/auditing purposes.  I am trying to see if there is a way to convert the old server into a Hyper-V machine (which I assume there is).  However, there are two requirements.  One, the current system has a 2TB hard drive volume.  I can't have a 2TB virtual machine, I would need a way to decrease the volume to a much smaller amount in order to install it on our replacement server.  Also, I would need to change the computer name of the server because we need the "replacement" server to use the name of the old server.

Any ideas/suggestions on how to proceed?
Does anyone use Essentials anymore and if so why? What are the benefits for a small company of 10 or less people.

I've been using Server 2016 Standard more often for small businesses with 1VM as the PDC and the 2nd as Exchange. Have a client already on Office 365 thinking Essentials is the way to go. A concern is they may need an additional server, am I correct Essentials doesn't come with any VM's options and we would have to purchase another server?

Client also likes the remote access they had prior in SBS, this is an add on, correct?

Finally, am I correct and the 25 user CAL's are included in Essentials?
 I have SBS2011 and like users to be able to shutdown or restart the server when necessary. What kind of user account (with what kind of privilege/group) should I create to accomplish this?

Helping out someone that deleted a big folder from desktop on a stand alone machine.  It warned him 'too big for recycle bin' and he said yes.

It's a windows 10 machine. What's the best app these days to get it back?  It's on a laptop /1 hard drive.  would you take the drive out to slave it in another windows PC to run the app you recommend?  Or are there bootable disks with the app you like?

By the way. what's the story with enabling / disabling / what is the default setting for previous versions and the message 'no previous versions found'. (right click on desktop folder, choose properties, choose 'previous version' tab.

Hi, I'm migrating from 2011 sbs to windows 2016 std server.

So far I have migrated AD, DHCP and DNS to win 2016. For some weird reason, the DNS on the win 2016 keeps locking up after 2 days. To the point, you can't even restart the service.
I need to restart the server itself.
I have removed and reinstalled DNS from scratch on the new server and the same happened this morning.
I even transferred the fmso roles over the weekend as some last ditch attempt.

this is causing issues with client workstations as there DNS is pointing at the new server.

any idea's ?
Can you migrate from SBS 2011 with Exchange 2010 to a Single Install of Server 2016 with Exchange 2016 as a single DC ADC?    I know I can add the new server as a member server and then migrate Exchange from 2010 to 2016.  I then want to know once 2016 is live prod and 2010 is removed from the SBS 2011 server, Can I promote the 2016 server to a DC and then demote and remote the SBS 2011 server?   I know that during some installs of Exchange 2016 it has expressly stated that you can't promote or demote the server once Exchange 2016 was installed.  IS this still the case?  I do not want to run two servers or get into a Hyper-V or vmware environment as  this is a small shop and the licensing costs with Exchange alone are a near roadblock.  Having to add a second server license or add resources to work in a virtualized environment could send them over the edge.   I know as an alternative I could run Server 2016 and add that as a DC in the 2011 AD and then run HV and install server 2016 with Exchange 2016 in a VM host but again, I am trying to avoid that.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I currently manage Exchange 2010 in SBS2011 server, plan on going with Exchange Online service by Microsoft ($4/mo) and like to understand changes/adjustments that need to be made in on-prem SBS2011 as I move email function out of SBS and move it to cloud.

In the past I migrated stand alone outlook users to MS exchange online service. That was relatively straight forward: Create user email accounts in online exchange admin console, Export current email in Outlook into PST, Create a new Outlook profile in client Outlook and Import from PST. During the process, MS tech support helped me with necessary changes in Domain Name settings like 'A' or 'MX' record to make sure that email points to their mail system.

 In SBS2011 environment, email account is created automatically as I add a new user in SBS Console. When I create a new Outlook profile, it detects the existence of Exchange server  and finds the user's mailbox and that is it.
 When I add Exchange account on smart phones, I enter email address, password, server name "" and user account "mydomain\username".

 With online exchange service, somehow I need to make some changes to on-prem SBS2011 (which I will keep) so that client Outlook now looks for online exchange server instead of local exchange server embedded in SBS2011.

 (1) If you have done this migration, would you be able to tell me the changes that I need to make in SBS2011 like what to turn off in Services.msc, add/remove …
Hi Experts,
I need to migrate about 100 mailboxes from Exchange 2003 coming from SBS to Office 365, managing users on the local AD and performing password sync so I need AADconnect. Ideally, a user should be able to change her password on the local AD or on cloud and the password should be synced (password writeback)
What are my options in migration path and relative steps?
Thank you
We have the following situation running at a customer:
Hyper-V host server:
OS: Windows 2012 R2
CPU: 2x Xeon E5-2603
RAM: 4x 16GB
RAID 5 with 4 1TB Seagate SAS disks

Virtual Domain Controller:
OS: Windows SBS 2011
Assigned specs
CPU: 4 processors
HDD: 1 HDD file.

We have a few heavy mail users in here. We have already enable Online Archiving for the 2 users with large mailboxes.

Normal mailbox.
TotalItemSize - 40GB
ItemCount - 64980

Online Archive mailbox.
TotalItemSize - 50GB
ItemCount - 80110

Normal mailbox.
TotalItemSize - 9GB
ItemCount - 28516

Online Archive mailbox.
TotalItemSize - 45GB
ItemCount - 106315

The complaint the customer is having that User1 who works mostly in his e-mail keeps having performance issues. Slow \ not responding outlook. Forwarding a email having to wait ~10seconds for the screen to unfreeze. Working on the SBS is also really slow and sluggish. Server is updated to the latest version.

We have already disabled the following:
- Sharepoint
- SBS Monitoring
- On access scanning of Sophos Anti-Virus

Hoping a fresh pair of eyes might do the trick for us to solve this issue.
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On an SBS Essentials box with 10 PCs, the server hard drive is getting pretty full. Most of that is from the backups of the desktops.  Is there a way to see how much space each desktop's backup is  taking up (ie see who's got lots of data vs. others that don't have much stored on their PCs?)

SBS2011 with Windows 7 Pro x64

I have a client running on a domain created by SBS2011 using redirected folders. Searching within her redirected folder returns little to none results, but going alphabetically through the folder we manage to find the files. This does not happen to all files, but only some of them at random.

I have tried the following:
- Rebuild Index (make use folder is indexed aswell)
- Check permissions (SYSTEM has full acces, owner is the client user)
- Turn off Sync Centre Offline Files
- Rebuild index on server
- Check the event log (VSS times out alot due to inactivity)

Server has Windows Search service installed.

Any ideas?
I have run through Demazter's upgrade from SBS2003 to Exchange 2010 SP1 running on Win 2008 R2 (  This is my first step into getting email up to date.  After getting Exchange installed and all updates installed, directions say to reconfigure the firewall for port 25 and 443 for SMTP traffic.  I skipped that because I do not want to impact my users without fully testing and we are using Barracuda for SPAM and AV control as the gateway.  I also skipped the SSL Certs for now.  I realize that there is more to do, I'm just not ready yet.  After the install, I just wanted to test a singular mailbox migration from the SBS 2003 server to the Exch2010 server.

So I migrated the administrator mailbox to the new Exch2010 server.  This account has been forever set up to automatically forward to my home email account.  I did not change any of those settings in ADUC.  But for some reason two test emails from that keep appearing in my home mailbox every 10 mins.  I'm trying to understand why and how to stop it.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you!
Sbs 2011 trying to install updates during shut down and freezes.
SBS 2005 server was in use and user accounts were created on that Domain Server. There is another server added that is only a file server. The SBS Server died and served no purpose any longer, so I took it off line and every thing else was fine.

After a windows update automatically took place last night, one user is receiving error when trying to log into her PC  " Widows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service" Also, it turns out that the user name and password she was using was that of a former employee.

I found that I could go into the registry and correct the Group Policy problem  ( I think?). The problem is that I'd like to create her a specific account. I'd like to create an account for her, but since the Domains  server is gone, I'm wondering if I can do this so, she still has access to the file server. Can this be done with just a new local account?

Thanks in advance.
A while ago, I could enter a bill that had to be paid into quicken and then when it does the update with the bank, it would push that payment to the bank's bill pay system. If it was a new payee, I'd have entered the mailing info, account number all in quicken and quicken would push that all to the bank's bill pay system.

Then my bank changed things and now when I enter a bill into quicken, it doesn't go anywhere. I have to go to the bank's website, log in and enter the payment in their website to get them to generate a check.

That extra step of entering it in quicken and then enter it in the website worked... till now, when I accidentally set up a payment of $6,000 going to company B which was right below company A in the list on the website and company A was supposed to get the money. Then before the payment date, looking on the website / activity for company A, I see I didn't set up the payment!? i coiuld have sworn I did! So I set up the payment for $6,000 to company A.

Now company A AND B got the same amount, my overdraft kicked in and I have $60 in fees.

Anyone know if banks still let quicken pay bills through quicken? What is that called where quicken lets you do that? I guess the bank has to pay quicken some money to let them interface with quicken?

The bank won't do anything about reimbursing these fees so we're going to another bank that offers the quicken bill pay interface.

But which ones?

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