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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Hi all,

Existing domain xxxxx.local, new domain xx.local. Existing domain is controlled by an sbs (2011). New domain DC is server 2012 R2 and a seperate server (again 2012 R2) hosting exchange 2016.

Subnet .252. some computers on 54.x and all others (inc;luding all servers) on 55.x. (52.x and 53.x to be utilized later on for voip/guest wifi).

Old AD is a complete mess, better to start from scratch than attempt migration. New AD has been set up correctly, all ad accounts exist, clean security groups, new mailboxes to boot.

Need to 2 phase the site migration as too much work to squeeze in over a single weekend whilst offering client a mostly live environment (they need to remain operational during most of the weekend too).

Phase 1 exchange migration, the intention is to set all outlook (2010 and 2013 mix) clients on site machines to have new profiles that are pointing at the new exchange server using outlook over http, using remote.<external domain>. Exchange 2016 virtual directories all configured to use the external domain, including autodiscover. New SSL cert for remote.<external domain> installed to new exchange 2016 server. The intention is at the point of phase 1 of migration, change sbs dns forward for remote.<external domain> from itself to the new exchange server.

Phase 2: over a weekend move all pc's to new domain and change domain on data server (which is seperate to the sbs but hosted on its own physical box currently on the sbs's domain).


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I'll preface by saying, yes, I'm rolling out a new 2012 based Active Directory, but...

Our FSMO master died in a way that didn't want to be resurrected.

Originally I had, all Win 2003 SBS AD domain controllers, currently running win Windows 2000 native mode:

AD01 - Primary, FSMO master
AD02 - secondary DC
AD03 - Tertiary DC

AD01 died in a way where it was not salvageable.  

With AD02, I Seized the FSMO roles, and made it the new "master"

Now, replication between the two are broken. AD02 (new master) has the "DSA Now Writable" Dword (4) in it's registry.
AD03 was up a while when we were configing AD02, so the databases became out of sync.

Most all instructions I see say the only way to fix replication is to demote, remove from domain, rejoin, and promote the "bad" server, in this case, my Master (now AD02).

Currently, I made AD02 as the Master via seized roles from dead AD01.
AD03 is my only other DC, acting as secondary to now-master AD02.

Another method crossed my mind, and wanted to see if anyone has tried this...or, if anyone else has another way out, other than demoting my primary AD02.

What if I were to DCPROMO AD03 (a secondary DC which is not receiving replicated data), and remove it from the domain as as AD server, then re-join as a new secondary server?
Would this also clear the "DSA Not Writable" flag on AD02?
I do not care about the orphaned objects on AD03. If it would simply pick up exactly what my new master has, that would…
My client has sbs 2011 server , exchange running, on her local machine she deleted a folder structure ,she needs to recover that structure.
We have storagcraft backup from the server , but no arrangement for individual PST files on users folders. Is there a way we can recover from the server her folder as its roaming profile?
thanks in advance

Her machine is windows 8 , with outlook 2010
They also have GFI mailmax
he whole system appeared to be running correctly and I have connected all of the workstations as well as the shared folders.  It is now live and running

I then attempted to run the configure Implement Group Policy Wizard after removing all of the old SBS2008 policies from AD.  It failed.

I then run the Essentials Tester Power Shell Script.

This showed that there where two certificates for the dashboard, on OK and one not (I don't think this was relevant).  I removed the incorrect certificate from the personal store and the script now shows no errors

The dashboard log is showing an error, but I cant work out what it is telling me.  I 'think' this is certificate related but I cant see where.

I then ran the Office 365 integration wizard to see  if that was also affected, which it is

The log is as follows:-

[10300] 170720.095223.4991: General: Initializing...C:\Windows\system32\Essentials\Dashboard.exe
[10300] 170720.095223.5772: General: Failed to open ADTestHook registry key.
[10300] 170720.095223.5772: General: Failed to open ADTestHook registry key.
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Color branding started
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Processing Microsoft default SKU branding colors XML
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Branding colors XML parsing started
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Branding colors XML parsing ended
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Looking …
I have exchange 2010 on sbs 2011. I accidentally deleted a users inbox, went to try to recover the orphaned inbox but exchange did not save the orphaned inbox. I found a back up of the edb file and want to try to retrieve the users inbox from it. is it possible to mount the old edb file and export his inbox to a pst so I can import it into his new inbox? can this be done without causing issues on the current live mailbox?

On a server we administrate, the POP3 Connector seems to stop randomly once every week or so for the last 6-8 weeks. This is resolved by just starting the service and all goes back to normal.

Going through the event log doesn't show up anything, just various errors relating to failed email delivery.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what may be causing this to happen?
Hi all,

I'm attempting to update what is an SBS 2011 server's Exchange version 2010 to SP3, so that the organization can install a 2016 Exchange server.  The current version of the Exchange is 14.01.0438.000.

When attempting to install I get the following error.

[REQUIRED] The Mailbox server role is not installed on this computer.

Whats more odd; is about 50% of the time, I also get same error relating to the hub transport role.

And even the log file thinks Exchange role is installed, line 31.

Line 25: [07/18/2017 01:54:18.0286] [0] The following roles are installed: BridgeheadRole ClientAccessRole MailboxRole AdminToolsRole
Line 31: [07/18/2017 01:54:18.0468] [0] 'MailboxRole' is installed on the server object.
Line 49: [07/18/2017 01:54:35.0017] [1] Setup launched task 'Start-PreConfiguration -Mode 'BuildToBuildUpgrade' -Roles 'LanguagePacks','BridgeheadRole','ClientAccessRole','MailboxRole','AdminToolsRole''  
Line 51: [07/18/2017 01:54:35.0651] [1] Beginning processing Start-PreConfiguration -Mode:'BuildToBuildUpgrade' -Roles:'LanguagePacks','BridgeheadRole','ClientAccessRole','MailboxRole','AdminToolsRole'
Line 57: [07/18/2017 01:54:35.0933] [1] Loaded component 'Prereq Configuration' with 2 task information blocks from 'res://MailboxPreConfig.xml'
Line 81: [07/18/2017 01:54:36.0606] [1] Executing: $RoleRoles = 'LanguagePacks,BridgeheadRole,ClientAccessRole,MailboxRole,AdminToolsRole'
Line 257:             # Install any
I'll be doing this tomorrow but wanted to get a head start as far as information goes today..

Added a Windows essentials Server 2012 into an environment and set up so they both sync to each other.  Everything worked fine for a couple of weeks.  With intentions of getting rid of the 2003 server shortly. They were replicating to my knowledge because all of the users etc transferred over to the new server.

Fast forward to now the 2003 server is shutting down every hour saying that there is a license issue. This is causing clients to lose internet access and other resources.

What do I need to do to completely get rid of the 2003 server?
I was there this morning and the 2003 server is getting a journal wrap error?
hello I have a Dell poweredge server running SBS 2008 which hangs when applying computer settings. I can log on to it with safe mode for networking, when I try to go into directory Services restore mode I get an error that there are no logon servers available.  I've disabled any non-critical Services, ran sfc scannow.

any advice would be greatly appreciated, TIA
I have domain currently on Windows Small Business Server 2003. It has 20 users. It provides Active Directory logins, DNS, DHCP, limited file sharing (most I’ve migrated to Office 365).

I’ve created an account in Azure and have it linked with our business Office 365.

Instead of a migration, can I purchase a new Windows Server 2016 Essentials and sync it to the Azure account I’ve already created?
Do I just use the same domain name that is with Azure during setup?
What fees would be associated with this on Azure? It’s is per user or per device?
Should I even be considering this type of setup?

This is at a church and I’m the IT department.

Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.
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Recently a user's mailbox became corrupted and could not be accessed by Outlook or OWA.  I deleted the mailbox and then created a new mailbox for the same user.

The delete process instructed me that the user would be deleted also.  We don't use the server for anything except email and no other servers involved so I was okay with that.  I created a new user account and mailbox using the same alias and info as the original account and mailbox.

Windows Small Business Server 2011
Exchange Server 2010
Outlook 2016

When users attempt to send an email to this user, the cached version of the email address must be pointing to the deleted mailbox because the email bounces back with a recipient not known condition.

If you delete the cached address in Outlook and then select that person, the emails flow fine from that time forward.  Deleting the cached version is all that is needed.

However, I don't have that same functionality in OWA and I have one user who refuses to use the Outlook Windows client.  :(

Is there a way to remove the one address from the OWA cache so that like Outlook it will pick up the new version of the address?

This OWA user is 80+ years old and refuses to use Outlook because her recipients are not cached in Outlook and she doesn't want to have to re-enter them into Outlook.  As a result, clearing the entire OWA address cache is not a solution as then she would have no addresses in the cache.  :(

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
In the process of adding 2016 servers to an existing 2008 SBS domain - should I have a 2016 DC in the mix before doing this?
After replacing a failed disk in my server ,it appears as if the db isn't mounting.
It worked for a while after the hot swap,but has been down since about 5 yesterday.

Any suggestions
Have SBS 2011 w / 1TB drive this morning it shows maybe 30 MB on drive . Not sure what's eating up the disk space since Users Files and Exchange database is on separate drive showing plenty of room ...
Could this be log files doing this ? best way to find out what's taking up the space and if it can be deleted ASAP to put the Server back in operation ..
I am migrating SBS 2011 to new hardware. Running the migration wizard and I get to the step to MIgrate Exchange Server mailboxes and public folders. If I click the link to run the wizard, it opens a web page instead of enabling the next button. The NEXT button is still greyed out. There is no way to get it to continue the migration. I am stuck. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
In the process of restoring SBS 2011 to another identical hardware for troubleshooting and testing purposes. and it is prompting:
'To restore this computer Windows needs to format the drive that the Windows Recovery environment is currently running on. To continue with the restore shut down this computer and boost it from a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc and then try the restore again.'
'If you don't have a system repair disc you can create one now.'
Just setup a new email address for a new user. I have then created a new user account on the SBS 2011 standard server.

Everything appears ok but when you log into the OWA you get the following error.

An unexpected error occured and your request couldn't be handled. You can send emails
but you don't appear to be able to access the options menu. I was going to reboot the
server later on. anything else I should try first.
Does going from 2008 (non-R2 on SBS 2008) require a double hop to get to 2016? Looking to move from SBS 2008 to a new host with 2016, a 2016 DC, and Exchange 2013.
HI recently i saw some unexpected behavior in my SBS  2011 standard server , sometimes getting restarted or switched off . or applications not initializing so i have to restart the server .
also please see the attached small clip of HDD light signals . do i have to replace the HDD ?
how should i check the health of my server any utility is there ?
how should i check wither i have to replace my HDD is required , is any application available ?
please advice
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I have a VMWARE SBS2011 instance.  I have new hardware that I want to put it on.  When the instance was created it was done at the max size and we have an issue in that it will not save off correctly and migrate.  We have spent hours on it trying to get it to migrate.   It has something to do with the version of VMWare.  The SBS has some issues with DNS, etc.  And again, have spent hours trying to fix these issues.  We were hit with a ransomeware and I feel that that corrupted something possibly.  

I would like to Create a new VMWARE SBS on the new hardware.  If I do that, then I am looking at breaking the domain for the clients.  Is there are any way to migrate those profiles without having to break off the clients from the current domain and reconnect them to the new domain.  We have all kinds of software and email on those clients.  
Any help would be appreciated.
Hi all,

I'm trying to do a mail migration in a slightly odd way.  Here's my scenario:

1) Existing SBS 2011 server is on site still active.
2) Existing user profiles are on site, still active
3) I've changed all external DNS records for mail to flow though an Office 365 like service (activesync/exchange)

My plan was to back up all the mail accounts from the user profiles (done), then proceed to create new outlook profiles for the users and connect directly to the external server for mail.

Issue is Outlook 2013 / 2016 client computers are constantly trying to autodiscover to the on site server, instead of my new external server.  In other environments, I have no issues with autodiscover working on this platform in the way I have configured it (office 365 standard).

What link in the chain am I missing here to get the local computers to stop pinging the local server when configuring mail as a different user profile?

This is a New sbs 2011 Install.
I have two separate networks at my home Business. Im testing remote login to the Business Network that the server is on so my wife can connect to the server from the internet.
  Im trying to get Remote Login to SBS2011 working . I ran the wizard to setup server for remote access.
 I can not ping the server name or IP. I can Ping other devices Router and workstations from the other network and that is fine. I disabled windows firewall and enabled firewall on the router I Enabled upnp set up fowarding port 443
 I can access the Internet from the server.
when I ping the Server I get  Destination Host IS Unreachable
I dont know what to try next
SBS 2011 in production with multiple Event ID 7011 and the server seems to be sluggish, When I attempt to restart it stuck in:
Please wait for the System Event Notification Service until I hard booted it this weekend. the event IDs 7011 started to crawl back up this morning and the server is slower than normal responding.  
A timeout (90000 milliseconds) was reached while waiting for a transaction response from the nsi service, netprofm service, fdPHost service, and multiple others.
Also:The following fatal alert was received: 48. Event 36887 Schannel.

 in the application event viewer
Volume Shadow Service (VSS) enent ID 11 and 8193

I'm not sure if Schannel and VSS Error are effecting the symptoms I am experiencing.


Updated info: the server is Dell 2950 configured with 32 GB memory and it is all consumed by the end of the day.

I believe I got the server to where it does not lock up.  It was the w32time & CryptSvc services were stuck in starting.  I downloaded MicrosoftEasyFix50395 from:

However, I still have the other events. and I believe that the exchange database is corrupt but functioning could be the result of few hard reboots.  I have backup up the complete server backup (System Reserved,C:,D:, Bare Metal Recovery, System state) using windows server backup but unable to restore to another identical hardware so I am…
I have a VM that is running a very old be stable SBS 2003 server OS. I had a power failure last Saturday at the office and it seems now or any time after a log into the VM SBS 2003 server I get a notice saying that I need to activate windows. I saw an article online saying that it could possibly being caused by a script interface with windows activation running on the VM. however to remove the script manually it is telling me that I need to have the SBS 2003 CD.

I do not have that CD anymore.

Any suggestions

I have small business server 2008 with exchange server 2007, how can I setup limit time trial password on OWA , if more than the limit, just lock the login for a period time, let said 5-10 minutes.








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).