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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Which version of MS SQL server comes with SBS 2011, do you have a plain vanilla SBS2011 that you can check.

All of my clients that run SBS2011 have additional SQL server instances with different versions, so I am unable to tell for sure.  Please no guesses.
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SBS 2011, exhchange 2010, single server environment.  Suddenly yesterday, several users stopped getting email on some of their alternate email addresses.  each employee has and  they will receive one email but the other is returned 550 5.1.1 user unknown.
Unfortunately, we do have a higher headquarters that receives all our email, but they say it is not their item.

If I telnet from the exchange server, I get both email addresses to show up.

If they come from the outside, routed through the parent company, only one gets through.
SKype for Business is possible without Exchange server, if yes then please let me know the steps
I have a client that is still using Exchange 2010 STD on SBS and they are asking if there is a limit with SBS Server on the maximum file size that can be stored in the Public Folders. I have checked properties of the Public Folder and its set to 'use dbase quota defaults'  .... can anyone delve back in their distant memory and remember how i may find this out ???
HI there,
i just noticed on a SBS 2011 that the backups were failing with details "Volume shadow copy operation failed with error 0x80042306"

The eventlog shows volsnap Event ID 25
"The shadow copies of volume C: were deleted because the shadow copy storage could not grow in time.  Consider reducing the IO load on the system or choose a shadow copy storage volume that is not being shadow copied."

This started 2 months ago & the last completed backup is 12 June.

The Server is set up for a daily full backup at 20.00, the office closes at 18.00

All help is much appreciated.
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I have a HP ML370 G4 (Yes I know she's old) that is (was) running SBS 2003 R2 Server that has a 'no-operating system' error on start up. I would dump the server but unfortunately, it is running a custom database that is very important to us and that I need urgently to get back up and running. The system was running reliably and Barr a couple of hard drive swaps over the years she has always rebuilt herself and been faithful. I do have it connected to a WAN as we have XAMP Apache running on it in conjunction with a customised mysql database that acts as a web server for informational access to our organisation internally. All was well until one morning I walked into our server room and on the console of this server read 'no-operating system' and the obvious loop of rebooting itself. I have boot into the HP smart start 7.7ver CD and all is well with the hardware, disk array controller, batteries, drives and the actual raid array and logical drives all intact but it does report that there is no operating system! I don't know what has happened but I do have a suspicion that because the server was on the WAN that I may have been hacked or the obvious that windows server 2003 has crapped itself. I do have a backup although it's not up to date and as a last resort will use that to get it back up. But I'm hoping to get the system up again as there was some critical data that I needed that was inputed into the mysql database just after the last backup.
Please help as I …
We are running Small Business Server 2011 and use the public folders within Exchange 2010 heavily, saving all emails worth keeping into public folders.  The size of the public folder database is around 210GB currently.

We will be migrating away from SBS2011 soon, and are considering both on-premises Exchange and Office 365.  Users have noticed that when working remotely, public folders are noticeably less responsive than when in the office.  Remote users have a variety of Internet connections, including Fibre To The Premises, and all report the same behaviour.  The connection in the office is a 20/20 leased line.

Our questions are as follows:

1. Is Office 365 likely to reduce performance for all users (because is it remote for everyone)?
2. Are new versions of Exchange on-premises likely to improve performance, or leave it unchanged?

We are looking for real-world experience of one or other of the above solutions in order to make an informed decision on which option to choose.  Many thanks.
I have an SBS2011 Server and have discovered the SYSVOL directory is corrupted (by cryptoware a while ago)
There are no backups to restore these files from so am considering rebuilding SYSVOL and its content.
I am considering some steps shown here:
to rebuild this but wasn't sure if this was right and what the repercussions might be.
I have 8 workstations on the SBS network
Exchange used to be hosted on the Server but have recently moved to O365.
I've attempted to create a new user account and Exchange keeps messing up the username.

I'm using Exchange 2010. Every time I attempt to create a new mailbox -- whether through Exchange Management Console or creating a user account on the PDC then create the mailbox for an existing user -- I end up with a variation of that user account with some extra characters added to the end.

For example:

I've attempted to create "" and then when I send an email I get an undeliverable message with the following error:

#550 5.2.0; misconfigured public folder mailbox ##

And upon inspecting the account I find that the default SMTP reply addresses looks something like

And every time I try to remove the extra characters under Email Address I get an error:

"The command will clear the PrimarySMTPAddress property because the EmailAddressPolicyEnabled parameter is set to true. This action is not allowed."

(so it won't allow me to make the change.)

I tried making a distribution group and the same thing happened.

This is Exchange 2010 running on Windows Server 2008 R2 (yes, I'm already planning the upgrades and migrations, awaiting approval on new backup software first).

On a sidenote, the PDC on the network is a Windows Server 2016 and a few months ago we had to use it to seize the FSMO roles from an SBS 2003 server. I mention this because I'm …
I'm going to migrate SBS2011 to server 2016.
I'm testing Robocopy to migrate share folders to the new server.
I tested on one of the shares and it brings over everything with NTFS permissions.
The only issue I have is I have to re-share the folder. Doesn't Robocopy Bring the share Permissions also?
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Trying to renew / create a new Self Sign certificate on Exchange 2010 running on Windows SBS 2011 Standard.

Followed this guide to created the new certificate:

After completing the certificate request the certificate disappears from within Exchange Management Console.

I researched this and found this guide:

I ran the certutil -repairstore my "SerialNumber" command
Then attempted the Enable-ExchangeCertificate command.

But I end up with the error:
The certificate with thumbprint XXXXX was found but is not valid for use with Exchange Server (reason: PkixKpServerAuthNotFoundInEnhancedKeyUsage)

I have not been able to find a solution when I searched for this error.
I just migrated a SBS 2011 server to a 2019 Standard. All the email accounts were moved to Office 365. The old SBS Server is offline and has been for a month now. The problem is that when I try and set up Outlook for a new user it is still trying to use, and the auto discover still points to, the old SBS Exchange Server. This is a nightmare. How can I get Autodiscover to work properly?

   As a footnote the even changed email domains. When they had the Exchange server all their emails were @olddomain and when they went with the new server they went with a new email domain @newdomain.
Short description: Dell PowerEdge T300 logical drives keep disappearing about an hour or two after boot!

I've got a Dell Poweredge T300 server with 20GB RAM, 1.50TB storage, and running Small Business Server SBS 2011. The main function of this server is handling Exchange 2010. Roughly 1 to 2 hours after boot the server slowly begins to crash.

At first it looked like the SQL server database was full and something was possibly swamping the processes causing the server to freeze. While watching the disk accesses in the Resource Monitor I saw that the logical drives (C: and E:) would suddenly disappear . Once that happened all functions on the server would slowly crash and I would have to do a hard reboot. The reboot would take about 20 minutes before I could get to the actual desktop to view the event logs, task manager and resource monitor. Everything would run like normal then after about an hour or two the crash process would happen all over again (e.g. - logical drives would disappear, explorer freeze, need to do hard reboot, etc.).

This led me to check the RAID controller (Dell SAS 6IR). At times it froze while I was trying to go through the menu options. Having dealt with this before with another Dell server I suspected that the RAID battery might be failing. Looking at Array SAS1068E it shows a status of Degraded and and 0% Syncd. As I type this I'm about to return to the office to confirm which physical drive has failed.

On Friday afternoon I got in touch …
Hi –

I have a client running SBS 2011 and has 16 workstations attached to the domain.  They are either Windows/7 or Windows/10 clients.  They use RWW for remote access to the domain workstations.  Any Windows/7 workstation is capable of RWW – no problem to any of the workstations (Windows/7 or Windows/10.)  The problem is when the user attempts to access the domain clients from Windows/10 – they get the message
“Your computer can’t connect to the remote computer because a security package error occurred in the transport layer.  Retry the connection or contact your network administrator for assistance.”
The strange thing is the first time a Windows/10 client tries to connect through RWW it works.  After that we get this message.  Can access any workstation using Windows/7 so I don’t think it is the server nor the domain computer.
Tried deleting the history, download, etc from Internet options, but nothing changes.  Today, using a Dell laptop (Windows/10) was able to get on – but the second time I got the error message.  
Any help would really be appreciated.
Looking to migrate SBS2011 to Office365.
Just email to start with, I will need to keep the server for a couple months, until I can complete the data migration to OneDrive and SharePoint.

I am attracted to the Hybrid/Remote Move method, as I will not need to touch any end user OUtlook configuration, which surely is of huge benefit to anyone doing these migrations?
It is surprising then, that the documentation to achieve this is so lacking, and in a lot of cases conflicting.

My understanding is that Hybrid Migration is possible with Exchange 2010 (and therefore, SBS2011?)
Why is this not the primary migration method then, if it does better than 3rd party paid services, in terms of end user automation etc?

Anyone able to help me with some specifics on how to achieve this, please? The docs I have found, entail setting up a separate 2013 Exchange server, which as far as I can tell, should not be necessary?

Many thanks in advance
Customer engaged us because their physical server was down completely (hardware failure).  Old server was 2012 R2 Hyper-V server, running three VMs, one of which was SBS 2011 acting as their DC, file and exchange server.  We recovered the VHD files from failed server's disk and copied to another server, this one running 2019.  FYI - There is NO backup of the guest operating systems, just the VHDs we pulled and file-level backups.
Created new VMs on the new box and attached the recovered VHDs.  Everything seemed fine.  One server (the SBS and most important) has issues thoguh.  It boots fine and SMB shares, Active Directory, DNS, and everything work OK.  Exchange 2010 is a totally different story.  It keeps throwing errors about being unable to connect to a DC.
Server occasionally boots to blank desktop backgound with cursor (temporary) access to task manager, and all-around sluggishness.  Also likes to hang on Applying Settings - almost like it's looking for something that's just not there.
The DNS on the VMs NIC points to itself, and nslookup returns the local DC.
Among the errors received:
Process MAD.EXE (PID=3736). Topology discovery failed, error 0x80040a02 (DSC_E_NO_SUITABLE_CDC). Look up the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) error code specified in the event description. To do this, use Microsoft Knowledge Base article 218185, "Microsoft LDAP Error Codes." Use the information in that article to learn more about the cause and resolution to …
I have a hyper-v host that runs our clients SBS server as a virtual. There are 3 VHD drives in use all sitting locally on the host. One is for the OS, one is for Exchange and one for data. We are moving them over to a new host and will be using iscsi as storage. We are copying the VHD's to the new location by using XCOPY & FASTCOPY and we have had success with moving the OS drive 250gb and Exchange 525gb but the data drive just wil not copy, its about 800gb. Each time its failed its said Incorrect Function. Im suspecting there is some corruption somewhere but I could do with getting this copied today so I can ge them working for Monday, an integrety chack can be carried out later. Is there a way to just brute force this copy over to the new server so we can mount and test this weekend?
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I have a client with 15 workstations running on SBS 2011.  They are using RWW to get in.  I added two new workstations today and was able to get them both workstation to work with RWW by opening a port in the firewall.  An existing workstation however is not connecting using RWW.  I thought maybe there was an IP difference but i checked both the server and the workstation and they both show the same IP address.  I made sure all Remote Desktop service are active and running.  

Connection to the workstation fails with "Your Computer Can't connect to the remote computer because a security package error occurred in the transport layer....."

i cleared the credentials and i am pretty much out of suggestions - any help would be appreciated.

Exchange 2010 is on an older SBS 2011 server we are in the process of decommissioning.  I have a new DC already in place that is the FSMO holder, and I had installed an Exchange 2016 server on another 2016 Windows standard server.  So it's part of the topology, has its fingers all through AD, but timing hasn't allowed us to do the actual mailbox migration yet, so all mailboxes are still on the old server.

This weekend someone hacked an account and got ransomware going in their environment.  Not that big of a deal, they have a Datto on site, so the file shares on the domain controllers we could restore easily.  The SQL, Exchange, and terminal servers were infected though.  Easily enough to recover, the hack happened after the backups on Saturday night.

The SQL and Exchange were hyper-v guests, the terminal an older physical server.  

SQL was easy, I exported the VHDX file, mounted it in place of the corrupted one, booted up and we're going just fine.  Terminal, since it's older, and is being replaced in about 8 months, I decided to P2V, and that's now running just fine as a virtual guest on their host server (Windows 2019 standard for the Hyper-V host).  

But even Datto is totally unable to get the Hyper-V exchange server to boot.  I've done a dozen different things at their direction, exporting as Gen2 (which it was originally), Gen1, BIOS, UEFI, creating a new temp gen2 Hyper-V guest and doing a bare metal restore to it, doing a new temp gen1 Hyper-V guest and …
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I cannot connect to a domain on SBS 2011 using Windows/10.  I have a number of Windows/7 workstations as domain connected devices but when I try to connect a Windows/10 workstation it says it cannot reach the Domain.  I can ping the domain from the workstation, as a test, I dropped the firewalls, but nothing worked.

I have set the DNS to point to the server, have set entries in the Host file pointing the domain to the server but it still does not connect.  When we try to add the workstation through the wizard, When it asks for the domain name, the user id and password it accepts the information. On the second screen, when it asks for Domain name and user name, if either one is invalid, it stops me.  When both are correct it bring up the 3rd and final screen, it we enter the domain administrators' account, the correct password and the domain (sometime the domain and sometimes domain.loca) but neither worked.

Any help would be appreciated -

Trying to install Avast Business AntiVirus on a Windows Small Business Server 2008 until I move the server to a new machine.

Avast said that the product should install on SBS 2008

When trying to install I get the following error:  " The procedure entry point K32EnumProcesses could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll "

How can I deal with this error and install the software?

Need functional forest level on SBS 2003 box raised to 2008 so a 2019 DC can be added to a 2003 domain  
Does anyone know if/how this can be done?
I need malware protection for an older Windows Server:

The user has an older Windows Server:
Windows Server Standard FE, Service Pack 2  Copyright 2007

Is this a Small Business Server 2008?

What can I use for Virus, Malware, and Ransomware protection?

I have a license for Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection, but I can't locate a version of Malwarebytes that supports this system.

This server will be migrated soon.  I need to protect it for a while.
I am in the process of migrate one particular domain emails from On-Premises to Office 365 using a third party tool of Skykick. The cutover date is in 2 days.

The scenario is this:

The On-premises server is SBS 2011 which is Exchange 2010. It hosts 30+ emails with 7 Authoritative domains (see the attached). Users login on their Terminal Server (Windows Server 2012) to access all the company resources and exchange emails.

The moving away domain is not the primary domain. All Users (including the users with the moving away domain) are still login to the Terminal Server to access all their resources.

My query is:
What are the steps for the After Cutover Migration on the On-premises server to properly remove the Moving Away Domain email settings so that the internal mail flow will have no issue?
I have no issues with update DNS and MX records etc. for the moving away domains. Email flow outside the company domain environment should be all OK I believe.
Hello, so we have this (quite old) SBS 2011 Standard which has recently become abismally slow.

It's mainly a data server (we're not using Exchange) and sometimes when a client opens files on the server there are very heavy slowdowns, to the point where I had to reboot a client yesterday because it would hang on a small Access database.

I think I've found the culprit though. Disk activity is always very very high, and the processes behind this activity are related to SQL Server 99% of the time.

It looks like the main cause is the SBS Monitoring service, which relies on SQL Server to function.

So I think I nailed down the cause, but the question is: what to do about it? Is there a way to circumvent this? Thanks.






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).