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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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5 year old SBS 2011 standard domain with a 2008 terminal server, since Friday has been randomly loosing remote connectivity.

For a period of 20 min to 6 hours no rdp (to either machine) no RWW or mail delivered, I'm assuming the problem is with the SBS box as the RDP server uses it as the gateway and RWW goes at the same time.

Then when its back nothing in the logs that I can see, tried reboots, updates etc. full AV and malware scans.

Also iireset in-case one of the updates did the usual number on wsus/backups.

The router doesn't lose connectivity at any time.

I'd be grateful of any suggestion where to look next
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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
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
This is s SBS 2011 Standard
Found out today that a client can't access email. A colleague jumped on the Server and found all the exchange services disabled, he enabled them and mail worked for a short time. Mail not longer works, here are the issues I have found.
Exchange management console shows this error
Connecting to the remote server failed with the following message : The client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request.  Verify that the service on the destination is running and is accepting requests.  Consult the logs and documentation for the WS-Management service running on the destination, most commonly IIS or WinRM.  If the destination is the WinRM service, run the following command on the destination to analyze and configure the WinRM service: "winrm quickconfig". 

Winrm shows everything is fine.
Strange things I have noticed, Update rollup 4-14 for Exchange server 2010 SP3 all installed with todays date. In the programs list Microsoft Exchange server 201 is showing an install date of today. I have all the services running for exchange.
When I hit "change" on exchange server it says "The LPVersioning file has an invalid value. Please check the Exchange Log for more info.
I also can't open the "Turn Windows Features on or off" it just opens Services.
What the heck happened last night?
Running SFC now.
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 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.


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I keep on getting the following failure in the Hub Transport Role and can't figure it out. Any ideas:

The following error was generated when “$error.Clear();
      Install-ContextIndexingService –HubOnlyFilterRegistration
      “ was run: “srcFile: C:\\Windows\System32\naturallanguage6.dll’, lnkFile:
      “C:\\Program Files\Microsoft Exchange Server\V14\Bin\defbrkr.dll’, Error code:
srcFile: “C:\\Windows\System32\naturallanguage6.dll’, lnkFile: ‘C:\Program
Files\Microsoft Exchange Server\V14\Bin\defbkr.dll’, Error code: 2

Elapsed Time: 00:11:46

Any ideas would really be appreciated!
I have migrated all users from Exchange 2007 to 2013, now need to remove 2007 (it is on SBS 2008). I know all public folders need to be removed or moved to delete Exchange 2007, but really do not know if the system public folders need to be migrated to 2013 or can just be deleted? I have included a picture of the System Public Folders I see. Just wondering if anyone can clue me in as to what they are and if safe to delete or need to be moved. I will still have the SBS 2008 running until I create another DC.


 System Public Folders
What do you consider archiving when dealing with an SPS 2010 2011 exchange server? Or user wants to archive his older emails do you move them to a PST and then help would he get them if you need them later? Do you just move all the older emails from the inbox into a folder in his folder Tree?  Is there any real performance improvement by archiving older emails? And to add to the mix this specific user is on a Mac using Mac mail so not sure if the answers to the performance questions change because it's not outlook

And would archiving answer matter if it was office 365? There are caving more for the benefit of the client machine
Google has started verifying that the address in email headers came from the domain listed.     It looks like they do this by doing a query on the PTR record of the local ISP.    Our ISP (Cox Cable) confirmed they are the problem but do not seem to be able to do anything about it.    Meanwhile my emails to folks with gmail addresses get rejected.

The only solution I can see so far is to disable IpV6 in the registry
REG.exe query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters /v DisabledComponents

Any thought or solutions short of taking my ISP to court.    BTW we signed 3 year agreement about a month before Google started rejecting our email.

Thanks in advance
When running a Windows Backup on an SBS 2011 it fails and I get Event ID:  12344 in the application log:

Volume Shadow Copy Error: An error 0x00000000c000014d was encountered while Registry Writer was preparing the registry for a shadow copy.

Running: vssadmin list writers

All say no errors except:

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {13723119-17f4-4396-877a-fd6d8185f5d7}
   State: [9] Failed
   Last error: Non-retryable error

So how can I approach this? I think there could actually be an issue with the registry file (see backgroud below) Can I check the file or force the backup through?

The server is being retired soon but is carrying a 50 odd Exchange users with 400 Gigs of mail.  I need to get some level of backup running meantime.

There has been a series of hurdles before getting to this state.  It started when I replaced the server Drives.
It has 2 sets of RAID 1.
Data Volume - cloned successfully to new drives.
System Volume - clone was not successfull.  So I replaced the drives 1 at a time and let it rebuild.
The old System drives both showed reallocated sectors, but no errors or anything concerning.

After that the Windows backup would not run.  It got stuck on Application Exchange Consistency Check.
It took me a long time solve that.  Ended up having to create 2 new Exchange databases and move all the mailboxes off the original database …
Hi my dyndns account is not updating on windiws sbs 2011 please suggest
I have a SBS 2011 Standard server.

The VPN is enabled and I can connect to mapped folders on the server. ( Showing the VPN is Active)

How ever my Exchange mail box will not connect. ( It used to untill I had to reload my Laptop)  It remains disconnect no matter what I do.

Can anyone assist me to sort this out. Please I am stuck and I need to get my email when I am out of the office.
Exchange works perfectly when I am in the office and connected to the network.
SBS2008, Exchange server 2007.

About every other week the public folders contacts item is deleted. Not the folder but the content in it.

Very strange. I restore from backup so it's not a data situation rather a "what could be causing the issue?"
Hello, have a strange problem,

A user reports they add the exchange email account to their android phone, they accept the cert (happens on 2 devices), this works fine for a short while, a day perhaps ?  then emails stop syncing, if he goes back into the accoutn and accepts the cert again email starts working.

server is patched,
Exchange uptodate
Latest version of android
server restarted

Any ideas ?
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Trying to get Sophos Puremessage on Windows SBS 2011.
The Sophos Management Console is on a different server and have already successfully installed the AV client on this server.

When running the setup.exe for Puremessage 314 I get the the following error:

Setup encountered an error while gathering system information.
Error details: COM error-code 0x80041001 : IDispatch error #3585

I enabled the PureMessage logging in the registry as recommended on the Sophos site and the log file shows the same error:

MsiUtils.cpp         pr:3844 th:6396 ln:00392 12:31:18.673 INF   + Entering Function : UTIL::MSI::MsiProcessTextMessage()
MsiUtils.cpp         pr:3844 th:6396 ln:00399 12:31:18.674 ERR     0x01000000: Setup encountered an error while gathering system information.
Error details: COM error-code 0x80041001 : IDispatch error #3585

Would appreciate any ideas on where to look for issues.
There is no urgency now as we have decided to create a new Domain and rebuild everything but................ as I have spent all weekend attempting to recovery the SBS 2011 to new drives I would like to understand why this did not work for possible future restores.

Two Backups were taken before we started the drive swop, no we could not continue to use the old install its corrupt. The Drives were 2TB and the previous were 1TB (RAID 1). The restore went fine and completed. The server rebooted and you got the typical moving slide bar effect, changing to a black screen with the cursor showing. After a few minutes the server rebooted never changing from the black screen. Rebooting it went in to "Server Repair Mode". to cut a long story short I tried 2 other restores from 2 different Disks getting the same result. I went back as far as 2 weeks for one backup. With the last restore I did boot it in the Directory Restore mode and that worked, found nothing that may have caused this so rebooted and yes it did the same thing again.

This time I though ok lets build a new server and restore the Active Directory  from the backup disk. Everything was fine AD restored ok and the server rebooted but the same thing happed again. Rebooted in the same place.

I must point out I have missed out hours of work in trying to recovery this server but nothing did work so I am not going to bore you with details. We are well versed in this type of recovery but this is the first time its let …
We were hoping this server would make it through the year.  It is a Microsoft 2003 Small business server.  When it boots up just before the login you get and error message lsass.exe system error.  I have looked it up and I have rebooted into Directory Services Mode/safe mode and do not know where to go from here.  In this mode I can access all data, I have internet access and I can see other computers on the network that are marked as shared.  I was even able to copy the entire data folder from the server to a workstations shared folder.  I have found several articles but none go into details about how to actually repair it.  Attached is a PDF of the error. I am not currently at the site but I can remote into the server with a Remote Desktop connection.
Just wondering if it is possible to use the file recovery feature in Windows Server Backup on SBS 2011 with a backup drive from another windows server. In the event that we are unable to restore to dissimilar hardware I would love to know if we are still able to recover a clients data on a test box in the office. How if it is possible would one go about this?
I have a brand new server essentials 2016.
After initial setup, I just joined an existing domain with SBS 2008 (the goal is to remove this server).
After domain was joined and server rebooted, the Configuration Assistant asks for domain admin credentials then starts preparing the server but stops very quickly with error (translated from French):
"Problems occured during configuration" - "Reboot the server and reexecute the Configuration Assistant. If problem persists, check the help links to discover other resolution steps".

Of course rebooting and the help links do not help.
FYI the domain admin user account used is domain admins, enterprise admins, schema admins groups member.

I thank you very much if you can help me solving this issue.
See attached for screen shot of the console -

Recently noticed the "User's redirected documents data: is missing from the Server Storage Tab in the SB2011 console.  This was a migrated server, so not sure if that was the cause.  The amount of data used is showing in the "Other" used space indicator, but should be shown separately.





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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).