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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 need to build new SBS 2011 Standard server, and to complete this job we have very limited time, which I believe is not enough to complete installation, Live updates, and moving data from old Exchange server and File Server data.

I am planning to install SBS 2011 on VMWorkstation, do all the live updates, create users , folder redirection etc. and then Export VMs as OVF and import into ESXI 5.5 server. after this move exchange and file server data to SBS 2011.

My question is Has any one done this short of installation.?,
What are the issue that i should take in consideration?
What VM Hardware version i need to use on VMWarkstation to install SBS 2011 which can later be transfer ESXI 5.5
How to export VM without hardware driver and restore into new hardware machine?

The situation we have is :
We only have 1 physical server
Server does not have enough disk space and ram available to create new VM
ESXI on the server is 5.0 and its temperamental, so we need to re-format machine, with new RAID 5 and do a fresh install on ESXI 5.5 U3

Thank you very much
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so we have a SBS 2008 server (physical)

We are soon moving servers to a nearby colo.... hopefully it will be offline <48 hours but worst case if something goes wrong, I think ALL the domain PC's will be useless... The colo offers colo/cloud mesh, so I was thinking maybe I could restore the server from a backup into a VM they provide, and run it from there until the physical server gets there (hopefully only 24/48 hours), then shutdown the VM and power the original machine back on.

I'm curious if there are any problems with this...

A. if we don't make changes to users/config - should it be OK that the real SBS server won't know what happened during the time it was running in a VM?

B. Im sure the windows licenses are tied to the hardware... Is it OK/feasible though to run it in a VM for just a couple days for stopgap measures?   I would hope microsoft allows this sort of thing for these extenuating circumstances

C. If I can't do this - is there a way to "get by" for a few days on the other PC's?  e.g. I think if there is a problem with domain server you can unplug PC's from network, login, and then plug back into network... is that right?  And if so, could I also log in as domain administrator?  Or only if I had logged in as domain admin before the SBS was down?  And if I can, then could I temporarily change the DNS on the PC to a public DNS so it could atleast function at a basic level until SBS is back online?

Finally gonna pull the plug on the 2008 SBS I installed 7 years ago this weekend.
I've got 2 Dell PowerEdge T430seach with a Xeon ES-2630 & 64 GB of ram, that I plan on having 2 VMs running on each.
One of the servers will run Exchange 2016 & a DC (not on the same VM) & the other will be file & print server & a back up DC (again, separate VMs).
Any recommendations on this scenario, as far as allocating resources, etc?
Since there's no upgrade path from exchange 2007 to 2016 & I've only got about 30 mailboxes, I was going to export pst files & import into new exchange server. I also understand both cannot exist in domain at the same time during this process, correct?
After transferring FMSO roles to one of the new DCs, how do I gracefully remove old SBS from domain? Just demote & unjoin domain?
I'm also guessing there will be a 'point of no return' in this transition & want to be prepared.
I'm seeing this as a big jump off the deep end so any advice appreciated!
Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Hello Experts,

I have what is hopefully an easy question but I want to be sure before I proceed.  We have a server that has SBS 2011 installed as a physical image.  We would like to P2V it into ESXI so we can spin up a VM that will run RDS.  The OS that's on is the OEM licensed image installed at the Dell factory.  If we P2V that machine to the same physical hardware its always been running on will it activate and work after the process is complete?  We plan on upgrading the RAM in the server and the HDD's to increase the storage, the processor will stay the same.  


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
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?
our SBS 2011 scheduled backup keeps failing because of error 2155348129

on a previous accepted answer I found the instructions to command line enter vssadmin list writers so I did that and the only error I see is a

non retryable error for the SQLServerWriter

one other thing I noticed is that, in the Manage drive in file explorer, I went into our backup disk Disk 2 and changed the name of the drive (I did this this morning so it is not the reason for the backup not working).  but when running through the Backup Wizard it shows that backups are scheduled to go to Disk 1 and the name is the previous name before I changed the partition name.  The drive does not show up with a drive letter but backups still happened without a hitch.

any help is appreciated.
Allot of information around adding an additional DC in an SBS environment. I believe it references the additional DC being in the same domain which causes problems with FSMO. My question is it possible to add a 2016 Server as a DC with a separate (it's own) domain. Meaning it would be a two domain environment rather than SBS with a redundant DC.
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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We've just found out our 2011 SBS Server has been sending out spam emails by their thousands.  I've checked that there is no open relay in Exchange 2010 (and there isn't) and turned off all PC's on the network but the spam emails keep coming so pretty sure they are coming from the server.  Have virus scanned the server and it seems clean.  I've found that all the spam emails are all coming from the same external IP address.

The network is protected by a Watchguard XTM25 firewall.  My question is can someone please talk a newcomer to Watchguards how to set up a way of blocking these emails coming in from that IP address on port 25?  

Many thanks

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…
Hi - I have a problem with one particular client.  We are running SBS 2011 and for years everything has been OK.  Suddenly I am getting an error that the site can't be reached.  I setup the router (using Teamviewer) to allow remote management.  But I get the same error when I attempted to access the router remotely - so both the https://Remote.xxx.com or try to access the router with https://remote.xxx.com:8080 it fails.  

We are using Cablevision and they say they can reach the router and everything worked on their side.  Since the router is the entry point I thought that maybe the problem might be with the router so we replaced the router and it made no change at all.  

The problem happens exactly the same way if I use either the IP address or the remote.xxx.com.

One  more thing - Remote Desktop Connections works when I open the port (remote.xxx.com:3380)

Any help would really be appreciated.
For example, domain changed from https://abc123.com to https://abc234.com, what is the best way to change website names in SBS2008 to the new site address?

In the SBS Console\Shared Folders and Web Sites\Web Sites

Thank you.
I added a new 2016 server to an SBS2011 domain.  In the SBS Standard Console the 2016 server is shown listed under Client Computers and not under Servers.  Is this a problem?  Also, on the 2016 server in Server Manager > Servers the SBS2011 does not show up at all.  What have I missed?
We have SBS 2011 in place and its been running for a few years now without any issues.  But a few months ago the transport service started going down at seemingly random times with no predictable interval between the failures.  I went through the event log and found the below information.  I have done some research and have been unable to find any solutions, except for one post which suggested creating an event that triggers on failure and restarts the service.  That would technically work but I would prefer to solve the root problem.  I did see that a few people saw this issue when the receive size is unlimited, however ours is not, its set to around 48 MB on send and receive.  Let me know if I can provide any further information.  Thanks.

The service will be stopped. Reason: Microsoft.Exchange.Transport.TransportComponentLoadFailedException: Loading of component 'Configuration Certificate and Database components' failed. ---> Microsoft.Exchange.Transport.TransportComponentLoadFailedException: The transport component 'ConfigurationComponent' couldn't be loaded successfully. ---> Microsoft.Exchange.Transport.TransportComponentLoadFailedException: The configuration loader failed to initialize 'TransportServerConfiguration'.
   at Microsoft.Exchange.Transport.Configuration.ConfigurationLoader`2.RegisterWithAD[T](ADObjectId rootId)
   at Microsoft.Exchange.Transport.Configuration.ConfigurationLoader`2.Builder.Register[T](ADObjectId rootId)

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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.
I'm looking for the Windows 2011 SBS Essentials download.  I have already found Standard.
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i migrated sbs 2011 with exchange to windows server 2012 r2 .
on the new server is the domain controller with IP and exchange under Hyper-v also server 2012 r2 with the IP
both servers were migrated from SBS 2011 were exchange and DC was on the same windows .
after migrating every  thing working well ECP and OWA , all Data is on new Server.
the Problem i have is with Outlook if im trying to connect with IP address i get this error The connection to Microsoft exchange is unavailable. Outlook must be online or connected to complete this action.
because of the migration and that  the both DC and Exchange  was on same windows server so i tryed to connect to exchange with the domain controller IP
and i get this : it ask  for authentification and if i put my admin user and pass , it  will find the right server name and user.
after this i try to start outlook i get this error: your standard email addresse cannot open , before your folder with outlook file .ost syncronisiere . you need a connection with exchange with your actuel Profile.

sorry for my englich i tryed to translatte the error from German to englich.
so how can i by pass this error.
thank you
best regard
I got folder redirection(desktop,documents,pictures) enabled in 2011 SBS server.
I got a laptop. when i take my laptop out of network, all my files disappear from desktop, documents , pictures. I know this is how it should work.

But why my offline files are not working ? and if i take my laptop out how do i work on my files wjhich are saved in desktop. is there any other suggestions to make it work ? does vpn to my network will make my files appear again  ?

Thanks guys
Have a bit of an odd issue.  SBS 2011/Exchange 2010 configured with 2 email domains abc.com, abc2.com.

Email is flowing fine for both domains.

A UCC certificate is installed with remote.abc.com, autodiscover.abc.com, abc.com, abc2.com, autodiscover.abc2.com

External DNS for the 2nd email domain,abc2.com, is set to use an SRV record, pointing to remote.abc.com

Trying to configure Outlook 2016, running on Win 10 Home (not domain joined),  for the second email domain.  This is for a salesperson to use always outside of the office.

Finds the configuration xml fine, Allowed the installation of the autodiscover record

Problem is a user with email address user@abc2.com cannot login.  Have tried domain\user, with correct password and Outlook setup keeps failing.

Happens on multiple machines

User is not in the office.  Configuration is occurring externally.

Logging in as the user using OWA works fine.

MS Testexhangeconnectivity, using both Activesync (including syncing the inbox), and testing autodiscover, passes with flying colors.

Just can’t get the server to accept the users credentials.

Bonjour à tous,

j'ai un petit souci sur un serveur Exchange 2010 hébergé dans un SBS 2011. Depuis quelques jours/semaines il envoie des SPAMS depuis des adresses extérieures au domaine. A tel point que l'IP publique a été en blacklist.

Visiblement il n'est pas en Open Relay mais dans la file d'attente d'exchange je vois bien que des mails SPAMS essayent de partir en destination d'utilisateurs du domaine local.

Avez-vous une idée de où cela peut-il bien provenir et comment m'en prémunir?

Pour info, j'ai déjà testé d'éteindre tous les ordis du réseau en ne laissant que le serveur tourner et toujours pareil. J'ai également scanné le serveur avec Hijackthis, Glary utilities, spybot, Mbam et adwcleaner. J'avais quelques cochonneries mais le problème persiste toujours.

Merci d'avance.

For every 5 min. I get this error. The server is SBS2011. Any suggestion?

- System
  - Provider
   [ Name]  Microsoft-SharePoint Products-SharePoint Foundation Search
   [ Guid]  {1C415899-58B3-4BFC-9236-105E7FD38719}

   EventID 14
   Version 14
   Level 3
   Task 174
   Opcode 0
   Keywords 0x2000000000000000
  - TimeCreated
   [ SystemTime]  2017-10-17T12:35:33.127880700Z
   EventRecordID 901361
  - Execution
   [ ProcessID]  16876
   [ ThreadID]  16628
   Channel Application
   Computer servername.domain.local
   - Security
   [ UserID]  S-1-5-21-815571854-3579858326-2696300566-1161

- EventData

  string0 sts4s://remote.servername.dk:987/contentdbid={f3abbd91-19a0-4df9-b84e-efaf26417195}
  string1 Context: Application 'Search_index_file_on_the_search_server', Catalog 'Search' Details: An unrecognized HTTP response was received when attempting to crawl this item. Verify whether the item can be accessed using your browser. (0x80041204)
I got a 2011 SBS server. Got our mails in office 365 cloud. Server does not have any exchange roles.
But still am getting this "MS Exchange auto discover error" everyday about 50 times in application log. but no problems have came so far with our emails.

But still am concerned why its happening.
Have attached a screenshot of the server. Could anyone please help me with this.
Exchange auto discover errorapp-log-error-2.JPG






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).