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  • Blog Post: Understanding Essential Business Server Client Licensing

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] We get a fair number of queries about CAL enforcement in Essential Business Server (EBS) support, so I’d like to try to clear up some of the common questions that our partners have. Because EBS enforces client licensing in a fairly strict manner...
  • Blog Post: How to Reinstall Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway on Windows Essential Business Server Security Server

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Manish Kapoor] INTRODUCTION This article describes how to reinstall Microsoft® Forefront™ Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition on Windows® Essential Business Server Security Server.  This may be necessary as a last-effort troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: How to Maintain and Reduce the Amount of Data Stored in the Systems Center Essentials Databases

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ed Walters] System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE) is a unified management solution that is included with the Essential Business Server package. The application is installed on the Management Server and is designed to give the network administrator the ability to proactively...
  • Blog Post: Replacing Network Adapter on Security Server may cause inbound/outbound email queuing up on Edge Transport Server

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ping Xu] S ymptoms: Replacing a network adapter on the Essential Business Server 2008 Security Server may cause inbound and outbound email to queue and not be delivered. Confirm this by checking the message queue on the Security Server: Start the Exchange Management...
  • Blog Post: How To Change the Public Certificate used by Windows Essential Business Server for Incoming Web Requests

      [Today's post comes to us courtesy of John Bay] Summary When Windows Essential Business Server installs, setup will generate a self-signed certificate name based on the name of you specify during installation.  The certificate name will always be the name you selected for your remote access...
  • Blog Post: EBS Console crashes every 5-7 days

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre, Damian Leibaschoff, Chris Puckett, and Justin Crosby] Microsoft recently published a hotfix for resource exhaustion in the TDI interface of Windows 2008 in KB 961775. This resource exhaustion may occur when a third-party legacy Transport Driver...
  • Blog Post: How to run the IT Environment Health Scanner in an EBS Environment

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] By default, TMG disallows WMI traffic as part of its security hardening.  However, the Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner ( direct download ) requires WMI to collect data for its analysis.  To work around this limitation, you must temporarily...
  • Blog Post: How to Install Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 on Windows Essential Business Server 2008

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Stephen Li] Recently Microsoft Exchange 2007 released Service Pack 2 . This SP2 enables customers to increase their operational efficiency and it sets the foundation for the transition to Exchange Server 2010. Enhanced auditing, Exchange volume snapshot backup...
  • Blog Post: Properly Handling an EBS 2008 Setup Failure

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] If EBS setup encounters a fatal error and cannot continue, you will be presented with the following window once you cancel: Figure 1: Installation not finished Note the warning: Do not manually delete any objects or settings in Active Directory. The...
  • Blog Post: Choosing an iSCSI Device During EBS Installation

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Kunal Ghotge and Mark Stanfill] EBS setup disables all network cards except for the LAN NIC during installation (the Security Server will enable its external NIC during setup). Hence, a data volume on an iSCSI drive connected through a network card will not be accessible...
  • Blog Post: EBS Console and SCE Management Console Crash Due to Application Pool Settings

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] The EBS Administration Console may crash if the IIS application pool default is configured to allow 32-bit applications. The SCE console will also crash with a distinct error: System.InvalidOperationException: Client found response content...
  • Blog Post: How to Change an EBS Server’s IP Address

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Sharique Ahmed and Mark Stanfill] This article describes how to change the IP addresses of your Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) computers. You can use the Change IP Address Settings Wizard to change the IP address settings of a network adapter on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: How to install FSE SP2 on EBS

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 2 (FSE SP2) is now available. This is an optional but recommended update for FSE customers, including EBS customers. The download is available here: http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Preparation Wizard/IT Environment Health Scanner fail with DNS WMI Provider error

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Vikramjit Singh, Stephen Li, and Mark Stanfill] Updated 10/29/2009 to reflect IT Environment Health Scanner information. If you are preparing to install EBS 2008 in an environment with Windows 2000 DNS servers, you may receive the following error while running the...
  • Blog Post: Using the Check Out Feature with WSS Behind TMG

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] When trying to use the Check Out (or Check In) feature of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 published behind TMG in a default EBS installation, checkout fails with the error below: Error Code: 500 Internal Server Error.  The request was rejected...
  • Blog Post: How to Change the SCE Run As and Data Warehouse Accounts in EBS

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] By default, EBS configures SCE to use the domain administrator account used during setup as the Default Action Account and also as the Data Warehouse account.  These accounts are used to accomplish monitoring activities, such as executing a monitor...
  • Blog Post: Update installation wizard dialog might be hidden by Windows EBS installation wizard

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Stephen Li] Sometimes, you will see that Windows EBS installation wizard appears to hang and some updates are not showing any progress. For example, the Windows EBS installation wizard will show “Installing…” while the “Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: EBS, SCE, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 (SCE 2007) included with Essential Business Server 2008 now fully supports Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients, but there are a few manual steps that must be performed before these clients can be managed from...
  • Blog Post: Top 3 Ways to Get More Out of Exchange with Windows Essential Business Server 2008

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of David Fabritius] Midsize businesses interested in upgrading to Exchange Server 2007 should consider Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008. EBS 2008 is an integrated software suite that is designed and priced for midsize businesses and includes Exchange...
  • Blog Post: OWA Address Book "Could not connect to a directory server” errors on EBS

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] When trying to browse through the OWA Address Book on a default EBS configuration, the first page of the address book will load, but attempts to browse to subsequent pages will fail with the error: Could not connect to a directory server. If the problem...
  • Blog Post: How to repair Windows Essential Business Server components using MMS.msi

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Ashish Sukhija] You may run into problems where some of the Windows Essential Business Server Wizards may fail to function correctly or when some of the binaries may have been accidentally deleted or corrupted on the server. The steps in this article can be used...
  • Blog Post: Gatherer Event 2436 Logged Every 5 Minutes on EBS Management Server

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] On EBS Management Servers with the Windows Essential Business Server SharePoint Add-in installed, you may see the an event similar to the one below in the Application Log in Event Viewer every 5 minutes:   Log Name:     ...
  • Blog Post: What’s in a Name? The Remote Web Workplace Users Group in EBS 2008

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] EBS controls access to RWW through membership in the Remote Web Workplace Users group.  For most installations this should be a unique object.  For domains that have been migrated from SBS 2003, it is expected that there will be two...
  • Blog Post: How to Enable Exchange 2007 Autodiscover in EBS 2008

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] [Updated Content on 7/8/2010] The Autodiscover service, which allows Outlook 2007 and Windows Mobile 6.1 ActiveSync clients to obtain mailbox connection settings with little user intervention, is not configured by default in EBS 2008. In order to...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Presents Multiple Prompts for Authentication in EBS

    [Today's post come to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] You may receive multiple prompts for authentication from Outlook clients connected to an EBS Messaging Server at roughly 5 minute intervals.  Both local and Outlook Anywhere clients can encounter this issue, but it is usually more pronounced on...