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 can't login to Windows SBS 2011 Server in SafeMode because it doesn't load the logon service. How can I log into the server to get to view what has been installed... SafeMode with Networking message after entering password: "An attempt was made to logon, but the network logon service was not started".
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I've moved all FSMO roles for an old SBS server to a new DC - we have two DCs in our single forest, single domain network. New new DC is DC1 and theres also DC2.

I've moved the PDC Emulator role from SBS to DC1, and changed time on DC1 so it sync off the internet, rather than SBS as before. The SBS is still syncing to the internet as well

However; DC2 and the other servers are still syncing to SBS rather than DC1 - how do I change the other servers to sync all time from DC1 or DC2 rather than SBS?

On DC2 I ran w32tm /config /syncfromflags:domhier /update andn stopped and restarted the time service but it still syncs to the old SBS server.

So to sum up, we have two DCs, DC1 and DC2 an old SBS - all FSMO roles have been moved to DC1, and I want to sync time on DC2 and other servers to DC1 as they still point to SBS.
Hi, we have SBS 2008 installed on our server and It looks like SharePoint Services files take about 100 Gb of system disk. We don't use sharepoin services at all. Is it possible to reduce this amount of data? Thanks a lot. Rad
A 2016 Standard server has been added as a replica DC to a remote SBS2011 server. The two sites are linked via a IPSec VPN and all has functioned well until today.

The SBS2011 site has had a powercut over night so the intersite VPN is down.

None of the AD tools on the 2016 replica DC will work (ADUC, ADSS etc). The error is "Naming information cannot be located because: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted".

It was my understanding that the replica DC would still function should the main DC (SBS2011 in this case) "do down".

What's up?
Many thanks.
Using Outlook 2007 using .ost file on a Win7Pro machine connected to SBS 2008 and Exchange 2007.  A couple days ago I hit a key on my keyboard and that seemed to change the view I see in the column under the All Mail Items...this is the column where you click on an email and it displays in the window to the right.  The window to the right looks fine. It is the area where I click the email in the list.  That used to be a minimal view, that only showed sender and timestamp and subject line.   Now it shows a lot more and I don't like that.  How to get this area to show the minimal view again?  To be more clear, this is the area where all the inbox emails show up, one after another, sorted using "A on top".  This column shows all the emails in my inbox and the list is displayed with too much of the email, making the list of emails run on and on.  It used to only display the senders name and timestamp and the subject line only.  Now it shows that and also the first couple of lines of the body of the email, as well, and that takes up too much space.
I currently have a Cisco RV-110W router set up for 2 VLANS - 1 is the private network (IP addresses from the SBS server acting as DHCP server, 1 is a public network - those devices get IPs from the router acting as DHCP server.  There's a 3rd admin VLAN for the wireless access points - they get a address, also from the router as DHCP server.

That router lets you choose tagged / untagged for each vlan on a port by port basis (packets on port 1 that are untagged are considered vlan 5, etc. ) is this untagged capability a common / uncommon feature?

Port 1 of the router has all of the wired PCs connected through an unmanaged switch.  All these devices are the private VLAN  devices & get IP addresses from the SBS server also on port 1.

Port 2 has all the wireless access points (they get the IPs because this port is set for untagged packets are on the admin vlan).  Then the access points each have 2 SSIDs - devices connecting to the public SSID  with no encryption get the IPs and can't get to the private machines on port 1.  devices connecting to the private SSID with encryption key get a IP and CAN get to the private devices on port 1.

That router is failing and I want to move to a unifi USG.

Some people say I don't need managed switches to tag the desktop PCs on port 1... other people say I DO need a managed switch to tag those devices as being on the private …
Backup Exec on Small Biz Server 2008 (Hyper-V), with VSS problem and error V-79-40960-38521.
Cannot find the hotfix for Server 2008, only 2008 R2 and above.  The backup fails about 40% of the time because of this error on the virtual server.

Can anyone find the hotfix or provide more information on this problem?
we have a SBS2008 server that had recently been effected by malware.
Our webroot antivirus program saw it and deleted it.
now the server backup will not run.
it still shows in windows features as being installed but there is no block level backup in services.

Would removing the feature and adding it back fix this issue or do you think its something bigger that would need Microsoft support involved?
I help out a charity that has a Windows server 2012 R2 running as Essentials. Exchange is done by office 365.  Twice now, they are loosing access to the server and internet (as the DNS server for the machines on the LAN) after a few days.  A reboot cures everything.  I have an RMM agent on the server and both times, the server last checks into the RMM tool around 4AM.

Wondering how to troubleshoot that.

Some background:

Recently, there was a lightning strike nearby. Fried the key card door entry system, alarm system, phone system along with some of the computer network

Side note / question: the other systems were OLD... electronics are more susceptible to surges as they age, right?  caps dry out, etc.  A surge that might have not affected a newer machine could cause more harm to an older system?

Anyway, it blew out the main 16 port switch in the telco closet.  Getting that replaced.  Blew out a couple older data switches in a couple offices (using a single data line to that office to put the printer and PC on the internet), blew out a PC and monitor in another office.

The server appeared to be OK... but we're starting to see that need to reboot it.  twice now, they lose access to the server from the machines on the LAN.

Sitting at the server, I can ping it's own IP address.  Can't ping any other IP addresses.  From other machines, can ping other machines and the router.  I can do most anything - browse files on the server, check event logs, open apps. …
Microsoft AAD Sync Services and Processes taking a lot of resources on SBS 2011 server.

I did delete a recent update from the weekend related to microsoft .net framework.  The rollback did not help after restarting the server.picture of azure sync service with high resources
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We are having an issue with our Exchange server

We are only a small organisation (approx 12 users) using 2008r2 Exchange 2010 sp3 48gb RAM 1tb drive

The server is a DC and file server. It’s not a SBS.

There is loads of free disk space on the server.

We have backup assist software to backup the system and spam fighter software to provide spam filtering for the server.

The server stops sending and receiving mails at approx 4 pm every day and takes a reboot to start sending and receiving mails again. I thought that this may be a “stress” related issue but having read a post regarding this and disabling monitoring we still have this issue.

The server has 2010 exchange SP3 installed the spam fighter and backup assist software is up to date. I have had a look at the mail queues and all seems OK
A user deleted a public sub folder and when using recover deleted items we get an error

"Outlook was unable to recover some or all of the items in this folder. Make sure you have the required permissions to recover items in this folder, and try again. If the problem persists, contact your administrator"

We have tried setting up outlook as the user who deleted it as well as the domain administrator's account. This is a SBS2011 server with exchange 2010. The client uses outlook 2007 and I have tried setting up the accounts in outlook 2013.

We have checked the permissions and it shows that everyone are owners. The "All Public Folders" does not have the option to change permissions and just says summary with nothing listed. It just says Custom next to where is says permissions under the summary tab.

Thanks for any advice!
I have sbs 2003 server, I also have cablevision as my ISP, we just moved and I have to open a new account with my provider, so the Static IPs were changed.

Now I cannot remote access into my destops.
I updated the new WAN ip on the router, updated the A record on my DNS with the new IP, Re configure the firewall on the server, open ports 80 and 25 with the ISP, and still not able to have remote access. Can someone help?
On an SBS domain with exchange running in-house.

Bob leaves the company. He has email,  His Pc's desktop has all kinds of shortcuts to LoB apps, shortcuts to shares he needs, and his  mailbox has all kinds of contacts and mail.

Joe replaces him.

What's the steps to keep as much as possible - desktop icons, mail, etc.  And mail coming into bob@ gets into the joe@ mailbox?

I could think of some ways to do some of it - change the user bob to joe and create an alias for bob.  Or start from scratch new user?

But beyond that? Joe logs into that desktop PC, is he going to get the bob desktop layout?  And the folder will be c:\users\bob?

There is NO need / desire to freeze / litigation hold or anything like that for the old mailbox.  Just give the new employee all the old emails / folders / contacts / calendar...

Best practices?

I have a single user reporting the following.  This is a Win7 Pro workstation, on a 2008 SBS Server, with about 40 other users.  Other than the following there are no other network lag issues being reported by this user,

When the user goes to open a file on a network share, there are times when it takes minutes (2-3) to open a file - this is regardless of size of the file and it happens on various shared drives (this user has four separate shared drives on the same server).  Once the file opens the next file(s) are quick to open and the problem seemingly goes away, only to return later on during another file open task.

During this lag, the user can do other things with his computer.  I am thinking its the Workstation, Windows, and or Network Card/Card Settings.  I plugged in a new cable and bypassed his wall port, VOIP phone, and went directly to switch, still had the problem.  Tried a different Port on switch - still the same issue.  There are 8 other users/devices on this switch, none of whom are reporting a similar issue.
I'm currently replacing (NOT migrating) an old Windows 2003 SBS server (running AD,DNS, DHCP & File Sharing) with a new 2016 Essentials server.  The current 2003 SBS server is currently only server on the network with about 5 users, so it's a small implementation.   Email has been moved to O365 so nothing needs to be done with mail services.

Since the 2003 AD is cluttered with junk from over the years, I'd like to setup the new 2016 server with a completely new domain and NOT joining it to their existing 2003 domain. I'll setup the DHCP & DNS configurations, and the few users and shares can be added from scratch on the new server, then unjoin the workstations from the old domain and join them to the new domain.  

Also, after the new server is on the network and the workstations are joined to the new domain, I'd like to keep the old server on the network so I can copy some files to the new server.

I understand that since the old server is running DHCP & DNS, I'll have to turn those services OFF on the old server once the new server is on the network and handling those services.  I'm sure there are other caveats that I'm not thinking about.  

Has anyone done this type of server replacement (NOT a migration), and if so, can you provide any information or "gotchas" that I need to watch for?

Thank you.
Trying to add the company calendar to Outlook 2013 from http://companyweb doesn't have the option to connect to Outlook in the dropdown. Also manually tried to enter under Internet Calendars and it tries to connect as a pst file.

Ive got a sbs2011 box and we have a share (called FDrive) which has a number of user folders on. These folders now need to be locked down to just the users and domain admins. So Ive logged onto the SBS box and right clicked and removed the inherent permissions and added just the user who is associated with the folder and the domain admins. When I go in and check the permission I can see sometime the top folder has the correct permissions but the folders undeneath are not correct. The inhernet accounts have all been removed and the two account have been added but the user account doesnt have any access. So Ive been going through all the folders which reside under the parent and clicking  on security/edit and click the top tick box which then provides access to all the objects in that folder. Not idea since i just went through my first user and he had 30 folders within the parent which all needed the above tweak.

Question is how to I just amend the top folder (the user folder) and ensure the permissions are apply down to the other folders? I can confirm when I take the inherent permissions away and the two accounts, Im selecting the box which ask if you want the permission to propagate to the child folders underneath. It appears SBS is a bit flakey when doing this sort of thing so is there a third party tool I could use which will ensure when I apply the permission to the top folder, it actually does apply to all the child folders as well?

Naming convention for Server 2016 Essentials SSL certificate.

Setting up a Server 2016 for remote user access.

I've set up sbs 2011 and usually I name the certificates using along with when getting them from Godaddy.

So,my question is this still the way to go or is it different?
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We have one client that has a SBS2011 with Exchange 2010.

One of the users decides they want to use a mac in the environment for external use and internal.

They use the built in email app that buit into the ios OS.

I have added A records on the server DNS for pointing to the exchange servers IP address.

DO I need to add anything else because it still does not work.

I have the internal and external server settings on the app to both
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?
Removing a Domain Controller that has been removed from the site.    I have a Windows Server Standard FE SBS that shows two other AD controllers.  One of these controllers has been removed for quite a while i am told.  But was never removed from the Domain Controller role.   the domain has three controllers DC1 / DC2 and SBSSERVER. see attached DC1.png

netdom query dc & netdom query fsmo
List of domain controllers with accounts in the domain:

The command completed successfully.

Schema master               SBSERVER.thedcpfirm.local
Domain naming master        SBSERVER.thedcpfirm.local
PDC                         SBSERVER.thedcpfirm.local
RID pool manager            SBSERVER.thedcpfirm.local
Infrastructure master       SBSERVER.thedcpfirm.local
The command completed successfully.

++ Checked replication as below.

repadmin /replsum
Replication Summary Start Time: 2018-06-12 05:50:44

Beginning data collection for replication summary, this may take awhile:
Source DSA          largest delta    fails/total %%   error
 DC1              /60 days            5 /   5  100  (1722) The RPC server is unavailable.
 DC2                       53m:37s    0 /   5    0
 SBSERVER                  59m:14s    0 /   5    0
Destination DSA     largest delta    fails/total %%   error
 DC2                       59m:35s    0 /   5    0
 SBSERVER         /60 days            5 /  10   50  (1722) The …
Problem description:
Can not ping nor RDP to Windows10 SBS domain client running virtual.

Environment description:

Hardware: Dell Poweredge 410 server
Software:   MS Server 2016 with HYPER-V role installed

SBS2011 running as virtual computer.

The client with the problem is a Windows 10 domain client running virtual.
The client can make outbound connections, but it does looks like it is completely unavailable from the outside.
It does not even respond a ping.

On SBS ALL group polecies are disabled.
When you examine the client Defender and firewall services, you notice, that you can NOT change settings for DOMAIN NETWORK.
Futhermore there is a warning saying something like (translated from Danish)

Does anyone has a clue?






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).