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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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 …
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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?
We are having an issue with Exchange following a SBS > 2016 rollout. With the OWA virtual directory ECP is working fine, mobiles are working fine but if you run /owa you are prompted to login but as soon as you click login you get a 500 error and the URL has redirected you to (this is internally and externally). Both addresses are actually set to

We have tried rebuilding virtual directories, updating addresses, applying updates, etc with no luck. Can someone point us in the right direction?
I went to decommission our SBS 2008 Server and hit a snag. I can't get in to add or remove roles. Server Manager comes back with error 0x800F0900. All the articles say I need to download the "package" for the KB but darn if I can find these packages. The CheckSUR.log is attached. Can anyone help?
On a recently upgraded win 7 home to Win 10 home desktop PC, user uses AOL webmail.

says that from some users, when they expect an XLS or DOC /DOCX file(s), they ONLY get a file ending in WDL extension.  That's a text document that has the expected file name - kinda like a packing slip in a box.  But that's all that's attached. Not the expected file, just this packing slip text file with the WDL extension.

I told them to have the sender resend and include me.  But sender is a law firm / concerned with confidentiality (but yet, he's using an AOL address : )

So we set up a gmail account and the sender will send to both the aol and gmail accounts and we'll see if it's a sender issue.

I asked if the sender is a new employee (doesn't know how to send attachments?) - the user said no
Did the sender start using a new email system that includes a link to a secure website to get the attachment - the user said no
Are the files too large? Supposedly no.  There's a number after the file name, supposedly the file size?  in one email, it was 256.  (bytes?  KB?)

Any thoughts on why someone would get a WDL file rather than the actual file?  Yes, there's loads of ways to approach this / try troubleshooting. But getting the sender to send emails / answer questions about what they are using to send, etc. is hard.  so trying to figure things out with limited info.

googling, it doesn;'t come up with anything about attachments / emails.  WDL is some gaming file extension …
I have a server that was doing 2 report summaries a day from the sbs console and they quit working. my memory useage from SQL was also way up all the time and the server was slow.

I ran the sbs report database fix which is supposed to make a new database for the reporting and now I cannot make a new report. it just errors saying that the report can't be saved.

I rebooted and tried again and it still won't allow me to make a enough report. I'm assuming it's a SQL problem but I'm not sure. any suggestions?
Exchange 2010 Database won't mount.

We had a power failure and the database is in the dirty state and won't mount.

I have tried the Eseutil /r /l /d and receive this error:
Error -501 (0xfffffe0b) JET_errLogFileCorrupt

Any ideas?

SBS 2011.  C drive is running low in space.  had an issue with backup drive and received and error when trying to configure a new drive.  The error occurred after formatting the new drive using the wizard to update the backup schedule.  Automatic backup's would fail but I would use the "backup once" option and run backup's of Drives and System State.  

Eventually I deleted the backup job, created a new one with the wizard, formatted a new drive, configured a full backup schedule and now automatic backup's work.  During all this time the exchange log files were building up and using a lot of space.  I expected the log files would be removed after I fixed the automatic backup problem.  The first backup that I ran with the new schedule was a full backup.  Subsequent backup's have been incremental.  However the log files have not been removed.

Need help troubleshooting this.
Unable to receive external emails. Able to send external emails and send/receive internally.
In house exchange 2010 on sbs 2011.

External user does not get a bounce back but shows sent.

Power outage/issue occurred but server never abruptly shut down. Powered down safely for a few how’s until power was restored.
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We as soon going to have to migrate off our current SBS 2008 Server. We are using the Exchange Server. The controller is concerned about the cost of moving the emails. $6 /email /month works out to $2880 per year for Office 365 email. For people who use basic email I must agree that is a lot. Are there other reliable options that don't cost as much as Office 365?
I have a Small Business Server 2011 standard that is running ShadowProtect SPX for its backups. We are now not getting backups using any backups software (ShadowProtect or Windows backup) and its looking like its due to VSS writers being in a failed state. We have tried to restart the service associated with each writer, but there are obviously some writers that we are unable to restart like this and would have to restart the server itself.
My question is how can we troubleshoot and hopefully resolve this problem with VSS?

I would post some screen shots here, but it would just be nearly every VSS writer in a failed state.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
An old DC holds the FSMO Roles and hasn't been turned on for a few (4-5) months.  What will happen if I turn it back on?

The old DC is SBS 2011, the new DC is 2012 R2.  I believe that, as the SBS 2011 held the roles, the Tombstone period may be 180 days, therefore I may get away with turning it back on so that it can be demoted gracefully.

My concern is, as the SBS held all the roles, what will it do with it's copy of AD when it comes back online?  Will it hose any changes that were made to the current AD?

I'm fine with seizing the roles if necessary but only if necessary...

I am at a process of migration SBS 2008 with Exchange 2007 SP3 to Server 2012 R2 with Exchange 2013. At later stage I will remove the SBS and will upgrade the Exchange server to 2016.

*The exchange server is running on Server 2012 R2, and there is a second domain controller - also Server 2012 R2.

However at the moment, I have the following issue:

 - Outlook 2010 started to prompt for password after the mailbox is migrated to the new exchange server (using cache mode) - this was fixed by changing the security settings for the account to use Password authentication (NTLM).
- If I upgrade to Office 2016 the Outlook prompts again for password in cache mode - in online mode everything is working fine.

All workstations are running Windows 10 Pro

What I tried so far:

1. Clearing all credentials in credentials manager.
2. Recreating Outlook profiles.
3. Clearing all credentials in credentials manager, rebooting the computer and recreating Outlook profile.
4. Adding registry fix to disable the auto discovery for Office 365.

Thank you for all you replies in advance :)
Hey Experts,
I have inherited a small business customer who's only server is a SBS2011 (25clients).
The SBS on premise exchange server is heavily used, and as it has been some time I've still had to maintain an exchange 2010 I've lost a bit of knowledge about these inhouse mailservers.
I've noticed 2 warning events popping up from eventvwr with eventid 26: exchange web services, informing me that 2 exchange certificates will be expiring soon.
When I check the services they are used for, it says they are used for nothing. (check attachment)
I'm someone who likes this to be as clean as possible, so can I just delete these?
Or will I need to renew? And if so, whatfor?
Please advise!
Kind regards,

I have quite an issue here that I am just stumped on.   Have a client that I did a server migration from SBS2011 to Windows Server 2016 Standard.  Pretty straightforward, Win16 Server is a new server, thus the migration and not an upgrade.    

 Things have been running for several months now but weekly the SBS server just shuts off.  nothing logged in the event logs.  I had already disabled the Sbcore.exe  - which is the file that auto shutdown an SBS server after 21 days I believe once it is no longer the main domain controller (or knows there is a now a new DC).   Yet it still will shut down.   When the SBS server shuts down, the network just comes to a halt.  users cant access files on the Win2016 server, financial software doesnt work (basically nothing is authenticating).  Even though the new DC is up and running without issues.

The Win2016 server is the AD, DNS, DHCP, File server.    I was just keeping the SBS server running as the print server and some archive storage files.  

All the FSMO roles are transferred over just fine and when I do a netdom query FSMO it lists the new server for all of them.     Wjhen I go to run a dcpromo to demote the SBS server it tells me it cant find another DC on the network????  so I cancel it until I can figure out what is going on.  I dont want to force that SBS server out of there if all the clients are still somehow reporting to it?

the workstations are all pointing to the new DNS server, AD seems to be …
I've taken over an account that has a SBS2011 (2008 R2) OS and when I checked on the Windows update status, I learned that the Windows Update feature was corrupt.  When I resolved this issue, I learned that 98 updates need to be applied.  The server is a production server and has been installed since 2013.

I've not experienced this number of updates on a peroduction server and am concerned if I just throw the update switch and let it run... I could experience bigger problems.

If anyone has experienced this before and, what is the best/safest way to approach this challenge?

Thanks, in advance, for your consideration.

The documentation I have found is a mess with broken links. Need to migrate SBS 2008 to 2016 Essentials. Surely there are docs somewhere?
Getting a new client changed over from SBS 2011 to a new 2016 Server. They are currently using 192.168.1.x for their internal scope - which I don't like. Have had issues with it in the past (with remote/VPN where user has same subnet at home).

Am I being overly cautious? Would be easier to leave subnet as is, but I think it is definitely worth the effort to change to something less 'common'. They have a mix of Windows and Macs with AFP connections, etc., so the change would require some work.

Looking for opinions with substantiation and/or 'been there / done that' reason why 192.168.1.x is OK or baaad.
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They are on a SBS 2011 Server using Exchange. Outlook 2016. The Accountant's Outlook will occasionally pop up and ask for credentials. It is a laptop but connected with a cable. I have deleted everything in the Credentials Manager. Can't figure out what is causing this popup.
An SBS 2011 mailbox migration to Exch 2016 is failing - 23gb in size - but 0 items skipped - please see attached. Is it falsely telling us it failed?sb.png
Successfully migrated SBS2003 to Windows Standard 2012 R2.  Simple network setup - single domain, subnet, location, 35x Win7 Pro x64 PC’s and 5x Win7 Pro x64 Laptops.  All Dell hardware and a few managed switches.  Single business cable internet connection a single Firewall/Router.  We successfully implemented the Essentials Role to use Remote Desktop Services - works great.  Almost all users have a primary desktop.

All appears well and we have successfully retired the SBS box.  One of the few remaining tasks is to re-implement Redirected Folders (which worked great in 2003).  Prior to the migration, we removed the existing SBS GPO for Redirected Folders and moved all redirected data back to the user’s local drive (and archived a copy on the server as a backup).

Enabling the Folder Redirection GPO that comes packaged with the Essentials Role seems to work as designed when I test it out however…..  our few laptop users are used to working with their offline files until they return to the office where it sync’s and all is well.  It is my experience of this new GPO that it does not cache or use offline files.  It instead removes the local folders and their contents and places them on the server.

I’ve followed a few docs online but cannot get Offline Files to work with the redirection.  That said - I am a complete rookie when it comes to Group Policy (and related OU creation).

I also note the default permissions set with the Essentials Folder Redirection GPO less than…
We have an SBS 2011 server which is working well. We have just upgraded one of our office Windows 10 laptops to MS Office 365. The problem we have is that when Outlook opens it it pulls down all the new emails etc and is connected to Exchange. As soon as it finishes this updating process a windows credentials box appears and asks you to put in the password. In the username it has the correct email address but shouldn't this be the users username not email. Either way if you put in the password it accept this and connects again and then after a small random time period it does the same thing. Its like it forgets the credentials.

We have tried deleting the credentials in credential manager but same thing  

Any help would be appreciated?
Hey all - i just did a SBS 2011 with Exchange 2010 to Server 2012 R2 and Office 365. Now did the 0365 part and we are all set there, and the 2012 R2 migration with files and everything is completed the with the move to SBS 2011.

How should i decom the SBS 2011 server? It's already powered off - so should i just transfer fsmo roles and a do a metadata cleanup?
Hey guys - i am transferring a really large mailbox to 2016 from 2010 - per EMC 2010 (under properties) it says the user's mailbox is 43.9GB. We have done all the rest of the mailboxes (about 150 fine, with no issues). Now it's been running dall day, and incrementing, however, it still says syncing and the data shows 44.83GB - Is this normal or should i be worried?






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).