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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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A client is looking to do a migration from their SBS 2011 server - i have never worked with SBS but people i talked to tell me its difficult to work with. Basically the client wants to not only migrate\upgrade to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory but they want to migrate to a new domain as the company has been bought out and they want to start fresh.

Is this doable? Would ADMT be the best route to migrate users, computers, servers? Exchange would also need to be migrated to Exchange 2016 on-premise. We suggested O365 but they are pushing back.

Thanks
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I know there are a lot of posts here about the size of the winsxs folder, but nothing has given me a way to address the size.

I have a client running SBS2011 Essentials, SP1. Their C:\ drive is about 60GB, and 28GB of it is taken up by winsxs. Some files in winsxs are dated as old as July 2009. I can't believe there is a valid reason to have files saved here that are almost 10 years old. C:\ is down to 2GB free. Nothing else is taking "unusual" space... the closest folder is system32 at 5GB. I've tried disk cleanup (including system files), I tried "DISM /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded"... nothing has touched the size of this folder. I just can't believe Microsoft thinks continuing to grow the size of this folder indefinitely is a good design.

There are about 100 files in C:\Windows\winsxs\Temp\PendingDeletes dating all the way back to 2009... why are they still "pending"?  There is almost 1GB in C:\Windows\winsxs\Backup with dates from 2009 to current.

There has to be a way to remove 10+GB from this folder without causing potential system issues. There are lots of warnings about not deleting files from this folder because that might make the system have problems with future updates, or worse... but I find it hard to believe that 28GB of 1000s of multi-year-old files are needed to ensure successful operation.

Any help on how to free up some of the space taken up by winsxs would be appreciated.
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Hi, I have an SBS 2011 Server and PCs with Outlook 2010 that connect over the LAN to the exchange Server. One of the PCs keeps changing the connection details for exchange to connect over http, does anyone know how I can stop Outlook ticking that box?
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I am using SBS 2011 and getting a message about "The certificate that is helping to secure your website traffic will expire in less than two weeks. Before then, run the "Fix My Network Wizard" from the connectivity subtab on the network page of the Windows SBS console.
I did that but I am still getting the error message. I checked the certificate tool and I see the list in the attached file.  It looks like I have multiple certificates that I may not need and that may be keeping me from fixing this problem.  I uploaded that file.
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Domain12.com
Domain1.local



Our public facing domain has domain12.com but our Small Business Server 2011 is set to domain1.local. We have a valid certificate having a common name of domain12.com and SANS Server01.domain12.com and Server02.domain12.com.  I have domain12.com setup as one of the accepted (True) domains on Exchange 2010 (Rollup 26), domain12.mail.onmicrosoft.com (False) and domain1.local (False).  We subscribed to Office 365 and successfully passed the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard using Azure AD Connect and other tools. We validated the connection both incoming and outgoing at Office 365 Admin Console. For extra measure, we added an alternate UPN domain12.com suffix on the On-Premise AD Domains and Trusts to reflect the right usernames synched on the Office 365 Admin console that defaulted to user@domain12.com instead of user@domain12.onmicrosoft.com. We tried to migrate one user with 10 items on the mailbox and each attempt failed. Next, we utilized Exchange Connectivity Analyzer to test autodiscover and that failed as well. I PShell Get-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory | fl Name, Server, InternalUrl, ExternalUrl, Identity. The results gave a blank InternalURL and ExternalURL. Could this be causing the hybrid migration failure of Office 365 and Exchange 2010? If I need to supply the ExternalURL and InternalURL value, do I use server.domain12.com?  We are also thinking of purchasing the domain1.com and binding it with the domain1.local …
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Hi

For the last few days, we have been unable to log in to SBS 2011 server that we have at home.

When we try to log in, we get :-

"There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request." (A)

This is true whether I attempt to log on using a domain or a local account, at the server's console or over the LAN.

Other salient (?) factors:-

-Although we cannot actually log in, RDP'ing to the server, using the current domain credentials DOES establish an RDP session - even though it then fails to actually login (and thus repeats the message shown in (A) above).

- When trying to log in to the server console, it seems to suggest that the server's machine name might have changed, because when I click on "How do I log on to another domain", the proposed local domain name looks like nothing that we would have set (e.g. WIN--EM52P6N....), rather than the expected HToo-Alpha01.

Now given the fact that both we cannot login AND that the machine name appears to have changed, then we cannot rule out that the server has been compromised. However, there is very little 'visible' externally (no ports forwarded to the server etc) and nobody in the family is admitting, say, to clicking on a 'dodgy' link....

So the question is - where do I go from here ?

Obviously, I can (and given the time, will) unplug the server's HDD and scan it for infections, but thereafter, how do I get access back to this machine and domain ?

To compound things, I am …
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Good morning,
                  I need to configure an exchange 2010 (SBS 2011 product) with two ISP providers to send and recieve mails from. Send part is easy because i add a second A record on my AD DNS and it works. But i don't know how i can recieve from second ISP because i can't use 587 port for both ISP. Should i create a FW rule on my router? External record are created with both MX records.

Thank you very much,
Regards,
Martín Averame
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Have a client with a SBS 2008 server. In the upgrade process to get to Exchange 2019 primarily so they can use Outlook 2016. Have done the interim upgrade to Exchange 2013. Have the mailboxes moved. Public folders moved. Outlook 2007 connects to 2013 fine. Outlook 2016 tells me that the resource is on an unsupported version of Exchange.  I wanted to test this to make sure all was going to work before uninstalling Exchange from the SBS. Do I have to do that before Outlook 2016 will work? I should be able to figure this out, but I'm a little brain dead today. Thanks in advance.
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Restoring a ShadowProtect backup on to a new RAID5 array. This is Thinkserver TS430 with LSI Megaraid 9240-8i controller (no cache or battery backup) supporting a 3-drive RAID 5 with 450 GB Cheetah drives. Original array has been having issues, and We decided to replace with a set of 3 identical but "refurbished" drives from ServerSupply.
Backup of full 650 GB system volume (server only has one voluem) on to a SATA drive on same controller takes 2.2 hours. We attempted a restore to the new array and found that restore times were a full day or more- the transfer rate was only 5.75 MB/s.  Is this normal for this hardware or are we missing something in our configuration of Shadowprotect?  We have a bootable USB stick that is allowing us to do the restore.
My options are
1. Stick with the original plan and do the restore over a weekend to not have business impact to customer
2. Change configuration for restoring to another destination, like a Single or RAID-1 SSD
THe server is 5 yrs old and needs to work for another year. It has Small Business Server 2011 with Exchange and SQL Server for produciton use by 7 people office.
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I am in the process of deploying a new server, running Server 2016 Standard, to replace our SBS 2011.  Exchange is long gone, in favor of Office 365, so I'm down to applications, data and some AD infrastructure, most significantly DNS, DHCP and CA.  I have promoted to new machine to a DC and moved the FSMO roles to it, which means I now have 2 DC's (at least until my SBS melts down from the licensing issue).  Last weekend, I attempted to shut down the SBS as a name server, so DNS would only run on the new server.  I configured the zones to be identical on the new box to the old, reconfigured the new machine to point to itself as the name server and disabled DNS on the old one. My clients are configured to "Obtain DNS server address automatically."  After disabling the service on the old server, the clients were unable to find a DNS server, unless I configured them with the IP address of the new server.  I did not switch DHCP to the new server yet.  I have a few questions.  Must DHCP be running on the same server as DNS, in order for clients to find the DNS server?  Is there any real relationship between the two? Based on the process I describe, does it appear I missed any obvious steps?  The grace period on my SBS license is rapidly disappearing.  Thanks in advance!
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SBS2011 VM Memory Usage
Hi,

  I converted a physical SBS2011 server as a virtual machine in Hyper-V server. A standalone SBS2011 had 24GB of RAM and I assigned the same amount when creating a virtual machine for it.
  Recently we migrated Exchange from SBS to Online and I disabled all Exchange related services in Services.msc.
  Do I still need to assign 24GB of RAM for this virtual machine? Sharepoint is probably still running in the background although we don't use it.

Thanks.
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windows small business server 2011 - exchange server -

shared calendar created by an authorized user disappear after a few seconds

Ideas?  Ask me for any other info.
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I'm cleaning up the Group Policy on a system i'm taking over and its a Server 2012 R2 domain that has been migrated from SBS 2003.  The Small Business Server is gone and there is no trace of any SBS object left in AD and Exchange is completely gone as they have migrated to Office365.

My question is is it safe to remove the old "Small Business Server" policy's from GPMC.msc?  Attached is a screen shot of the console, i would like to disable and then delete them in a couple days.  It appears they all have the default settings and where never modified.

Thanks

-Eric
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I am migrating our domain from SBS2011 (old box)  to Windows Server 2016 Standard (on a new box).  I have already migrated the mailboxes from Exchange to Office 365 and removed Exchange from the SBS box.  I moved the FSMO roles from old SBS to 2016 DC yesterday.  I have a few more things to do before migrating group, user and computer accounts and then Apps & Data.  I've started getting errors that I'm out of compliance withe the SBS license.  Upon reading the license, I went out of compliance when I moved the FSMO roles off the SBS server.  I seem to recall reading that I have 7 days of allowed non-compliance before SBS starts spontaneously shutting down with maddening regularity.  Can anyone verify that time period and add any other interim consequences I should be watching for?  Thanks in advance.
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I have an issue with a Dell PowerEdge 2900 server running SBS 2008 where Dell OpenManage application fails to open (see below).

Any ideas how i can troubleshoot as i am receiving monitoring info via 3rd party application using SNMP however it would be good to access the GUI via OpenManage

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Considering moving from exchange server sbs to hosted exchange or O365 for users. What I must be able to do that we do now is for users to have the ability to share and edit other users calendars.
Is Hosted exchange better for this or O365 ; a plus would be for other users on either Exchange hosted or O365 on outside domains to edit calendars .
We have several companies with differing domains , that individuals need to see the General Managers calendars to arrange ,meetings  etc .
Currently we are all under one domain; with one very tied Exchange SBS server, and it appears hosted exchange or O365 is the future .

Also we are talking about a very small group of individuals that need this ability
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We have migrated our (relatively plain vanilla) setup from SBS2011 to a new "full" AD, ie two standalone 2016 servers (Exchange, SQL and file servers) to which we have moved all the AD roles.
Overall everything seems to work as expected.
However we still have the legacy "myBusiness" structure in our AD (I don't really mind) and, much to my surprise, I have recently joined a new 2019 (test) server to my domain and by default, it ended up in SBSComputers.
  • What setting did I miss (ie. I still have something that refers to the SBS setup) ?
  • Is it safe to move my regular users from SBSUsers to Domain/Users ?
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SBS 2011, admin password was changed, logged out and back into server with new password. The users are not administrators on their computers so someone with the admin password enters it when needed for an installation or download. The workstations are still able to use the old admin password, for how long I don't know but I'm assuming probably until the computer is restarted. Is there a way to avoid this?
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Ready to replace a SBS server looking at 2 options.

1. Windows 2019 Server Standard, RAID5, 1VM (PDC), 2VM (Exchange)
2. Windows 2019 Server Standard, ISCSI NAS device (Synologyw/RAID5). email in the cloud (365).

Security always a concern, speed/performance, redundancy, remote accessibility, approximately 25-30 users. Users are mainly using MS Office, Adobe, Remote access a big part as they continue to expand and work from home.

Feedback on which platform is better (in your professional opinions) is much appreciated. Looking more for the pros and cons of each.
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hi,

I've a problem applying a new SHA2 Cert (from 123-Reg) to Exchange 2010

I created the request via the Certificate MMC as a custom request because this SBS 2011 server is SHA1 by default.   Right clicked the Certs and installed both the Intermediate and the actual cert for the host mail.zyx.com.

When I looked in the EMC I didn't have the option to complete the Cert request, so I looked in IIS, the option was there and it completed as expected.

When I opened EMC to assign the Cert to the services SMTP etc, the Certificate page didn't load and generated error object get exchange certificates not found.  upon running Get-ExchangeCertificate from powershell the same error is displayed.

I could assign the new cert to the default web site via ISS, which took care of OWA etc but still not the SMTP services etc

I found that if I remove the new cert from IIS - the EMC worked again and the old certs are shown as normal..

hope that's enough info, any help or ideas would be appreciated?  

Thanks TC
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Setting up a new Hyper V environment replacing SBS 2011
I have the opportunity to do a full setup of Windows 2019 server with Exchange 2019 to replace an aging SBS 2011.
I will need a new hardware platform and look for suggestions on the best practices:
1) Should the host OS be on an SSD rather than SAS 15K ? (it will be on a RAID 1 anyway and the Hyper V VMs will be on a RAID 5 or 10 depending on suggestions))
2) Should Active directory be on a VM or a physical machine ?
3) 2 or 3 VMs planned: 1 for Exchange, one for File and print sharing and may be another one for A/D depending on suggestions to 2)
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We are trying to move Exchange 2010 to from the SBS 2011 server to a newly installed Exchange 2010 on a 2008 r2 server.  The 2008 r2 server has Exchange 2010 sp3 installed on the same domain and is not going to be a Domain controller.
How do we move the database and mailbox without eliminating the 2011 SBS domain controller without conflicts for now.  Eventually we will eliminate the 2011 SBS but need to insure Exchange is migrated to the new machine and is working correctly before decommissioning the SBS 2011.  We have internal conflicts on how this should be done
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I have an aging SBS 2003 server which I use solely for Exchange.  I have a number of clients that connect various devices for email comms.  Some just use Outlook 2010 using Outlook over VPN and some use OWA and some use Exchange push mail for hand-held devices.  Just before Christmas I renewed my Go Daddy SSL cert which secures my mail domain and now all services apart from Outlook over VPN have fallen over with SSL issues.  I need someone with SBS 2003 experience to help me through the minefield.
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I have some problems with a SBS 2011 server. It is running about several years now, but the customer changed his internet provider and also the router.
Then suddenly, exchange wasn't working anymore.

I can into the exchange management, no problems, but when I try to run the wizard connect to the internet, it fails. email not configured, run this wizard again to solve this.
I ran BPA and there was an empy windows with no information, but it didn't also give me an error.
Then I ran emtshooter, that program gave me no errors.

I also looked into the ctiw.log but there's so much information I don't know where to look, i did found out this error.
[7584] 181223.122940.5329: CoreNet: RebindConnectorsTask task failed
[10192] 181223.122940.5369: CoreNet: Exception caught in network detection/configuration with a specific router IP: Task: MessagingTasks.TaskRebindSMTPConnectors failed: Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.TaskManagement.Admin.TaskExecutionException.

You are my final stop before reinstalling the server, so hopefully you can help me out.
CTIW.log
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Helping a neighbor.  Uses a Comcast email account. Wants to have a calendar that stays in sync between a windows pc and iPhone. He uses outlook on win pc now for stand alone calendar and Comcast email

I know I could set up synched calendar w office 365 exchange online but that’s about $50 a year.

Any other alternatives for that cost or less?  I guess he could change app that he’s using.
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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).