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 have a single server running 2008 SBS that will be replacing with a new 2019 STD server. When trying to promote 2019 to a DC I found that I need to migrate FRS to DRSR, no biggie. Looking at the event viewer on the 2008 SBS DC under File Replication Service I came across error 13568 which is a Journal Wrap Error.

My question is if I enable the registry flag to Enable Journal Wrap Automatic Restore on a site with a single DC where will the SBS 2008 DC pull a copy of the SYSVOL folder from? Or, am I other thinking it and it will restore the current SYSVOL folder and clear the error state that AD is in? I just don't want to set this registry value and the machine will delete the SYSVOL folder and have nothing to restore from. I haven't run into this in an environment with a single DC and want to use caution.

Always best to ask others in a case like this. :)

Thank you,
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We have been trying to remove Exchange 2007 from an SBS 2008 server inorder to complete a migration to O365 and server 2016.
DC Diag is clean on both the SBS server and the Server 2016.
We tried to remove the Exchange using Control Panel Add Remove Programs and after having issues regarding the OAB and mailboxes we thought that we had some success - however we are now at the stage where it seems to have passed the prerequisites but the uninstallation would not complete.  We have now removed some of the roles - however we get the error below when attempting to remove the Mailbox Role. Please see attachment.  We have also tried the following:
 -Uninstalling using Control Panel
 -Right clicking to on ExchangeServer.Msi and selecting uninstall - we get the patch error you can see attached.

We are at a loss now as what to do?

Any suggestions would be appreciated?

Thanks Stuart
ChkDsk message prevents boot of sbs Server2011. upon booting  sbs 2011 chkdsk  keeps running in a loop how can I repair and then re image my system file without load os from scratch
Cannot get Exchange 2007 Uninstalled from SBS2008 Server
We manage a law firm's computer network.  The server operating system is Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2.  We installed the new network in 2015, and overall it has worked very well.

One of the senior partners at the firm lives a long distance from the office.  As a result, he relies on the Remote Web Access (Anywhere Access) to work remotely.  His desktop computer has Windows 10 and he uses Google Chrome as his primary web browser.

Until recently, the RWA system has worked very well for him.  Recently, though, he has been unable to connect to Remote Web Access.  Instead his attempt to do through with Chrome results in a timeout error and failure.  Please note that he has used Chrome for this function since 2015 and it has worked consistently and reliably.  Also, he is able to connect to many other web address without problem.

We tested connecting to their Remote Web Access system from our office, using various browsers, computer and operating systems (Windows 10 and 7) and in every case we have connected easily to RWA.  The only time we experienced the timeout error with Chrome was when we incorrectly typed the RWA address.  Once that was fixed, everything worked perfectly.

Given this background and recent problem, does anyone have any ideas how we can fix this?  Thanks very much for your help.
I'm migrating to new hardware from SBS 2011 to Window Server 2016 Standard (not Essentials), I will add the Essentials role. I've done half a dozen SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and to 2012 R2 Standard but it's be a while and this is 2016. We are not migrating Exchange, already on Office 365. We don't use WSUS or Sharepoint.

I am looking for a step by step document, I previously used but that is from 2014. Is there a more current step by step for 2016?
Forwarder in DNS ManagerGoogle Search ErrorHi,
  I have SBS2011 Network and starting yesterday no one can do the search in Google Chrome. It returned "This site can't be reached".
  Last night I added and in Forwarders tab in DNS manager and the problem went away.
 However this morning, the same problem is back.
 I restarted DNS Server and DNS Client in Services.msc, but to no avail.
 Users can do search using or for now, but as long as it uses Google search engine, it fails no matter which browser they use (IE, Firefox)
 Can you help?
Hi Team!  We're mid migration between SBS 2011 and SErver 2016. Issue is Exchange specifically.  Following the install path outlined everywhere, Exchange 2010 needed to be SP3, RU 11.  I'll save granular details, but short answer is that took, but the EMC and Shell failed to come up.  I'm seeing lots of EID 2280's and 5139's.  Have done the re-register of exppw.dll, I've reinstalled and moved up to CU 29.  The error's when you open the EMC suggest easy paths to fix. Nothing's working.

Now, the detail that's eating at me..  the error on the 2016 install side that stopped the process was a complaint about exchange 2003 in the environment.  The SBS2011 server started way back as a seperate sbs2003 server and thus old exchange 2003.  It was migrated to SBS 2011 / exchange 2010.   Obviously something hanging out in there.  But on paper shouldn't be the cause of the exchange failure behavior across the network (users can't open outlook with out prompt, owa is sketchy as I'm trying to fix, phones won't connect, emc won't open...)

So, all this said, the bottom line is I've run Exchange SP3 to RU 29 and it's pretty unhappy.  Any guidance is appreciated.
Got a 2008 SBS (yeah, I know...), that C Drive is just about full. according to Tree Size, it’s mostly sharepoint stuff (as shown in attached pic) & users aren’t even using any sharepoint services. didn’t know if I could just delete files, have to do it from a command line or anything like that, or will I need to disable any services?
(posting this from phone, will need to add pic when I get to laptop)
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.
Hi Experts,
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 …






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).