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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So we're doing some housekeeping on the server to cleanup any unused accounts etc before we start migrating emails to hosted exchange and then migrate to server 2016. When deleting a user account we get the warning 'Powershell pipeline returned an error. Please consult your log file for further details', firstly I'm not sure what log file it's referring to and secondly I'm not even sure this is something we need to be concerned with as the account and associated email address does seem to get removed, at least it no longer shows in the SBS console or in Exchange.
Does anyone know what steps we need to take to identify and resolve the problem or even if we need to bother if we're planning to migrate to hosted exchange and server 2016 in the next few months? By the way, this only affects deleting accounts, creating new accounts works fine.
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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
A customer told us they emailed two of our people yesterday, but neither of them received the email.  I am also being told the emails were delivered to our Exchange server, but, we cannot find them on the users Outlook.  Also, they have received other emails from this same customer. It is only the email sent at 1:34pm to both of our people that was not received in Outlook.  They have since received other emails from that some customer.

We are using Outlook 2007 on Win7Pro machines using a .ost file.  Our server is SBS 2008 with Exchange 2007.  

How do I figure out what happened to the two emails at 1:34pm yesterday and how to do I determine if there is some problem with Exchange?
OK this seems shocking to me.  I've just started a new sys admin role (my 1st sys admin role) and I am looking after a clients SBS2011 server which has over 35000 updates waiting to be approved/installed.  I've got the number down a bit by removing superseded updates but I'm after some advice.  I'll be starting with Critical and then Security updates 1st by trickling them in but should I be looking at installing all of them or can I get by on just the Critical/Security updates?

A bit of extra background.  The current sys admin is leaving and the only other guy here is more 1st/2nd line so isn't much help.  Google has been my only friend so far.  That being said, advice is definitely required so feel free to chip in with your thoughts.
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.
I have a server that is running SBS 2011 and MS Exchange 2010.
We had a power outage, and when the server came back, email didn't.
Yesterday we were able to send email, but not receive.
Today we can't do either.

This system is old, and we are in the process of upgrading to a new server and OS/Exchange - hopefully in the next few weeks - but we need our email up and running today!!

I am currently logged in remotely, via LogMeIn (because the VPN was also reset as a result of the outage - router issues).
When I open the Exchange console, and try to connect to the Exchange server, I get an error - The attempt to connect using Kerberos authentication failed: the client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request. Verify that the service on the destination is running and i accepting requests.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Have a SBS 2011 , with Exchange 2010.
Setting up new pc's with Office 2016 that only support autodiscover set-up.
Have a certificate
Made a DNS cname record ; ->

Autodiscover setup i Outlook now works but gives waring on every startup (of Outlook).
Stating that there is a missmatch between the certificate ( and the server it connects to ( Which I understand. There is a missmatch..

So, was hoping to get around this without buying a new multi-sub-domain certificate.

Found a workaround:


4.      Click the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
5.      Type the name of the HTTPS server to which AutoDiscover can be connect without warning for the user, and then press ENTER. For example, to allow a connection to, the first String Value (REG_SZ) name would be as follows:

here I added (and +, when it didn't work) without any luck.

Outlook works (send and recive mail) even if I let the warning stay open, but would like to get rid of it.

- Only 3 pc's connected to domain.
Hi, just wanted to ask a bit of advice about changing IP addresses of a Server 2011 SBS network.  To cut a long story short I have to create some VPN connections between 2 networks that are on the same subnet and I need to change one network to be on a different subnet.

Both networks are on 192.168.101.x

2 questions really, if I change the second network to 192.168.102.x will that be enough to stop any VPN issues?

Secondly, the network I'm going to change consists of a Watchguard Firewall, Windows 2011 SBS Server and a network printer.  I have local physical access to the Firewall and Printer but not the server.  I'd just like a bit of advice on what device IP I should change first as I don't want to end up losing connection (will be doing this all over a remote connection).

Many thanks

Had user who needed to have their Windows 7 profile recreated to fix a public folder issue.  Public folders are now displaying correctly.

After the new user profile was created with the same name, redirected folders are not showing up.

The folders are intact on the server, in the location where I expect them to be.

When I do a GPUPDATE I get the following:

Updating Policy...

User Policy update has completed successfully.

The following warnings were encountered during user policy processing:

The Group Policy Client Side Extension Folder Redirection was unable to apply on
e or more settings because the changes must be processed before system startup o
r user logon. The system will wait for Group Policy processing to finish complet
ely before the next startup or logon for this user, and this may result in slow
startup and boot performance.
Computer Policy update has completed successfully.

For more detailed information, review the event log or run GPRESULT /H GPReport.
html from the command line to access information about Group Policy results.

I did a GPRESULT /H  and under Component Status I see:
Printers and drives are mapping so I know GPOs are being applied.  This is only happening to this one user and only after I re-created his User profile on his desktop.

I have of course rebooted and logged off and back on several times.

He does have full access to his folders on the server.

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
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Hi all,

We have 2011 SBS server that was set up to send and receive emails for 2 different domains, let's say and

OWA access, autodicscover, etc were all defaulted to   The UCC SSL certificate referenced and autodiscover, and all worked fine, even with access to emails (which were accessed remotely by configuring the proxy server details in Outlook manually.

The issue we have now is that is no longer used and we want everything to reference instead, also some external users are now running Outlook 2016 which seems to insist autodiscover is correctly configured to connect.

Can someone please talk me through what I need to do in Exchange 2010 to make everything default to I appreciate I'll need to re-key the SSL certificate and will need to create A records for and but it's the stuff within Exchange I need to know about.

Many thanks for your help!
Hey all,

I've got a set up with a Synology device that is the main data store (read: many user shares), and is processing backups to an off site destination.  The SBS 2011 device is handing mail, AD roles and so on.

Since the Synology is doing the off site backup so well, I wanted to get away from using USB drives to back up via the SBS console.  Here is where I got to:

1) Create an iSCSI configuration of 500GB in size on the Synology
2) Via the Windows iSCSI manager, connect to said device on the Synology
3) Start the SBS console backup manager wizard, and get to the step where it says 'YOU NEED TO FORMAT THIS DRIVE IN ORDER TO USE IT'

So, being a wise man - I come to you dear internet strangers.  Is this iSCSI target smart enough to only format itself for the 500GB, or is it going to format the entire Synology box and set fire to the organization?

Forgive my ignorance here, but the SBS console has some powerful scripts and I want to make sure it doesn't go out of control when running this backup.

Picked up a job half way through and discovering lots of problems...
A customer has an old SBS2008 but is adding a  Server 2012R2 Essentials to replace the SBS.  Exchange has already been decommissioned in favour of Office 365.

The new server has been added as a DC and the migration started - FSMOs were moved over successfully.  I've been called in to help them make the final swap but I couldn't edit any Group Policy - then noticed that the new DC didn't have a SYSVOL or NETLOGON share.

Looked at the old server and there's lots of JRNL_WRAP_ERROR errors which have lead to this I think.  FRS error 13568 - these have been going on for a long, long time unnoticed.

As this server is going to be decommissioned shortly, are there any shortcuts to get round this.  Don't want to force it off the domain until I can edit Group Policy on the new server.  Also really, really don't want to have to demote the new server as they've installed a serious bit of software on it which we can't easily reinstall without great cost.

Any advice welcomed. Thanks, Ian
Today I started getting a problem with an SBS2003 server.
I know - don't tell me to upgrade and I shouldn't be running 2003 - anyway I can't migrate until I cvn fix this problem in order to do it!

The issue was no email arriving and Outlook couldn't connect.
the event log shows EVENTID 2114 from MSExchangeDSAccess and Services shows the Information Store is not loaded.
I cannot load the information store because I get an error about dependency services not starting.
In fact NetLogon won't start, Workstation service won't start and a number of others.

I tried running the IECW and it failed on all four sections, saying it had encountered an error in each case.

What can have suddenly gone wrong? This server has been running happily for years!
I have no idea where to start with this.
BTW I cannot access Remote Desktop either so I have to go to the server to do anything and it seems the server is not recognised as a member of the domain, as RDP says the remote computer cannot be accessed, maybe it is not part of this network...

HELP! I am email-less...

Thanks for any pointers - I know there's not much diagnostic info here but getting any logs off when I can't see the server from another computer is problematic.

I have taken on a client that has had several IT support groups over the years. Needless to say, this environment represents a series of break fixes, experiments and failed attempts.

It looks like the last support group was trying to move from Small Business Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

They have a daily failing SBS 2003 server, a 2003 Standard Member server (Housing their business application Sage Peach Tree) and an Exchange 2008 R2 server.

The old IT group managed to join the 2008 R2 server as a DC  along side the old SBS 2003 (which doesn't play well with other servers - even though Microsoft says it's doable). This move was extremely messy due to the fact that SBS 2003 comes out of the box with DNS and the Exchange server (they were using before the 2008 R2 install) . Long story short, I was never convinced of the health of the AD.

With the failing hardware of the SBS 2003 server, I decided to shut it down. The network works OK off the 2008 R2 - DHCP, DNS and files service. Unfortunately, the Exchange service is now corrupt and will not communicate well with the AD. Even with the SBS 2003 turned on, there has always been AD issues I could never resolve due to past history mistakes.

So........... I want to start from Scratch.

Remove the old original SBS 2003
Wipe Out/Rebuild the 2008 R2 server with a fresh AD
Join the member application server into the new Domain
Join the existing 10 user/computer accounts into the new domain

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?"
I am trying to migrate a customer from SBS 2008 to Office 365.  This SBS is running Exchange 2007 SP2.  I am trying to export the PST with powershell.  I have read that this should be done on a 32 bit OS PC with Outlook 2003/2007 "This computer requires linkid=92858" the time zone patch.  this patch is no longer available.

Is there a work around for this or can I export the PST from the SBS server using powershell?
Pretty regularly - 1 or 2x a day, I get a popup on 1 computer (win 7 SP1, fully patched) about 'your computer is infected', we're from microsoft call us, etc.

I realize it's a scam.  But curious how it's getting on there.  I've run malwarebytes, superantispyware, hitmanpro and they don't find anything.

I am streaming a radio station based in NY.

Am I mistaken that the people running the malware buy ad space on legit websites and thats how they get on the machine?

these have been easy to get rid of - just close the browser by clikcing on the x in the top right corner (it takes over the tab the radio station was on, another indication that's where the malware is getting in from?).  I've seen other versions where you have to kill browsers through task manager or reboot the computer.
I added some WIndows 10 PC's to the network and it is deleting exe and dll files from one program Label Traxx. If I disable Trend and WIndows Defender they still get deleted. These files do not get deleted on any WIndows 7 Pro 64 bit PC. All PC's have Trend Micro and our joined to an SBS 2011 domain. I excluded the folder and the exe files from Trend and WD and they still get deleted.

I have no idea what is deleting these files, I looke in the Defender quaranteen folder and it is empty.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am stuck with an SBS 2011 server that seems to block all ports incoming. At first I thought the router I used for testing may be a problem, so I switched the server to a router that is currently used on an SBS box without problems. Ports still blocked. Quickest check for me now is simply disable firewall on the server - Firewall settings in control panel and stop the firewall service. Still, incoming ports (25, 443, 3389) stay blocked.

I verified this with MX toolbox as well as and

Any ideas?

As I said, the router on the server at this moment is the same router I use on my own server - the ports are open and working on my server. But on this one they show blocked.

I have an office that's running a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 (Dell Poweredge) that's about 6 years old.  Let me preface this question with: I've inherited the server from the former technician who set it up--it would not be the way I would have originally set it up (all IT guys say that, right?).  

There has been some indications with this server that it's nearing the end of it's life.  The owners would like to look at going to "the cloud."  They have recently had a taste of Google Docs from moving many of their Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to Google Sheets and really like it.  I've let them know about the pros and cons to using Google Docs.  They were curious about Google versus Microsoft.  They're considering moving their email server to Google Apps so that everything is on Google.  Their end goal is to completely get rid of their server.  They still need active directory for their 10 workstations on the network but I was thinking that can be possibly done with Microsoft Azure.  

I've been fighting going to "the cloud" for years but the current is getting really strong to go to a cloud based solution.  My question is two fold.  Have you had experience going to Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365?  What are the pros and cons?  Also, for Active Directory.  I've had experience with Google Apps and Office 365 but not with Azure for Active Directory.  What are the pros and cons for going to something cloud based for Active Directory?  Any help or …
We have an SBS 2011 server and have been using exchange for years. Have moved to a cloud based hosted solution and need to add an outlook profile pointing to that - if I try to add a profile it defaults to the in house exchange server and doesn't give me an exchange option - only office 365 or pop/imap. I have stopped the exchange services - that hasn't helped. If found this: taking about office 365 - if I run this command will it enable me to set up a profile in outlook with an externally hosted exchange server?
Been battling this for 2 days.

Sat morning at 6:30 am was receiving email from filter service Fusemail to server. At 7 am noticed emails being deferred and building up in a queue on Fusemail Portal. Nothing changed in these 15 minutes. Fusemail's portal says "error reading banner" on public IP of server and the remote. OWA mx record.

I have done the following to troubleshoot,

Rebooted several times.
Recreated default receive connectors,
Looked thru the IIS system, no issues.
Exchange 2010 IS sending emails as normal.
Double checked the MX records for Fusemail, They are accurate,
Entered the ip addresses of Fusemail servers in the Watchguard T30 FIrewall box to send mail to port 25 (they were NOT there before  but emails were coming in)
Can go to and enter the public IP and port 25, and it is OPEN,

All emails were coming in before any changes made. They simply stopped and they are of no real help, just saying "your server is not allowing connections".

If I cannot find the answer here, they are getting migrated to Office 365 asap.. They, like other businesses cannot be down on email for days..

Any ideas?
Hi experts

I'm wondering what the best way to migrate an SBS server to a server 2016 would be. I've heard that I might come across issues moving the FSMO roles.

Any advice would be great!!
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.






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).