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  • Blog Post: Revisiting SBS 2011 Standard Migrations

    We have been experiencing some good amount of volume around SBS 2011 Standard migrations recently. If you are stuck on one of such migration issues please start by following these outstanding yesteryear blogs: SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in an Existing Active Directory Environment

    [This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in an existing Active Directory domain. Some key points to keep in mind in this scenario are: The Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials once...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter with Windows Server Essentials Experience role in an Existing Active Directory Environment

    [This post comes to us courtesy of Sandeep Biswas and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with Windows Server Essentials Experience role in an existing Active Directory environment...
  • Blog Post: SBS Migrations: Troubleshooting Moving Public Folder Replicas

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] We are seeing quite a few calls where public folders, Offline Address books, and Free/Busy information are not replicating to the new SBS 2008 server after following the “ Move Exchange Server public folders for Windows SBS 2008 migration ” steps...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2011 Standard Migration – Keys to Success – Part 3: Post Setup and Common Failures

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett, John Bay and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] First Part: SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success Second Part: SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success – Part 2: The Setup Phase This is the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Edge Video: SBS 2008 setup

    SBS 2008 program manager Becky Ochs appears in a TechNet Edge video, providing an in-depth overview of setup of an OEM box. Have a look. Joel Sider
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server 2003 Migration Update 943494 Released

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] The software license terms for Windows SBS enforce a limitation that permits the presence of only one Windows SBS server in the domain. However, there is a grace period where you can have a second SBS server in “join domain” type migration...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Migration Demo and Interview

    Check out the Migration demo and interview of Chris Almida.  Chris is a program manager for Microsoft and owns the migration solution for SBS 2008.   SBS 2008 Migration demo and interview For more information about migration, read the SBS 2008 deployment guide . To learn more about SBS/EBS...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the SBS 2011 Migration Preparation Tool

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby from Commercial Technical Support ] One of the major changes for SBS 2011 from SBS 2008 is the inclusion of the Migration Preparation Tool. This tool is designed to prepare your source server and domain to be migrated to SBS 2011. The tool performs...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Migrations Fail When The Migration Preparation Tool Has Not Been Run

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of John Bay and Shawn Sullivan] We have recently received a number of support calls where migrations to SBS 2008 are failing, particularly with Exchange setup, because customers are not running the Migration Preparation Tool on the SBS 2003 server prior to beginning...
  • Blog Post: How to Migrate Companyweb to a SQL 2008 R2 Standard Instance on SBS 2011 - Part 1

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] For those of you who are operating with a WSS 3.0 site that has a content database approaching or larger than 10GB, you will have to take database size limits into account if you are planning a migration to SBS 2011...
  • Blog Post: An Update for the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Migration Preparation Tool is Available

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Roderick White, David Copeland and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] The Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Migration Preparation Tool is included in the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard installation media. This tool is...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 to 2008 Migration Best Practices Post Has Been Updated

    We have updated the SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Best Practices blog post with a few new recommendations.  Please review the following post before attempting an SBS 2003 to 2008 migration: SBS 2008 Migrations from SBS 2003 – Keys to Success
  • Blog Post: Introducing the SBS 2011 Answer File Generator

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby from Commercial Technical Support ] Windows Small Business Server 2011 supports installing using an answer file. You can use an answer file to automate both clean and migration mode installs. To perform a migration mode install you MUST use an answer...
  • Blog Post: How to Migrate Companyweb to a SQL 2008 R2 Standard Instance on SBS 2011 - Part 2: Premium Second Server

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] In Part One of this series we discussed how to upgrade the preinstalled instance of Sharepoint on the SBS 2011 server to SQL 2008 R2 Standard in order to migrate a larger content database. This particular post is...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett, John Bay and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] The purpose of this post is to help you complete your Windows/SBS 2003/SBS 2008 migrations to SBS 2011 Standard successfully on the first attempt. Furthermore, on subsequent...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 – How to Export and Import Mailboxes To and From PST

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] As many are already aware, exmerge is no longer supported in Exchange 2007, this has been replaced with the Power Shell cmdlets import-mailbox and export-mailbox introduced in Exchange 2007 SP1 that now handle this functionality. This post was...
  • Blog Post: You May Get an Error "Verify that the Source Server Name is Correct" While Trying to Install SBS into an Existing Domain

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Rod White and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] When migrating to Small Business Server 2011 standard you may receive the following error message. Cannot find the Source Server Verify that the Source Server name is correct, and then try...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

    On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized! Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions, creating media, building packaging...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success – Part 2: The Setup Phase

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett, John Bay and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] First Part: SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success This is the second post of the series. During the actual setup of the SBS 2011 Standard server you may encounter...
  • Blog Post: Providing an Answer File in SBS 2011

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby from Commercial Technical Support ] In SBS 2011, administrators must provide an answer file (SBSAnswerFile.xml) to perform a migration mode install. Administrators can also use answer files to accelerate new domain installs (clean installs) as well...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 How-To Information on David Overton's blog

    For some great SBS 2008 "how to" guidance, be sure to check out David Overton's blog . SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures) How to change spam settings on Exchange 2007 / SBS 2008 to enable some / all / more spam to be delivered to an account for analysis Once SBS is set up, how to do the...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration to a Different Domain Name

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre and Justin Crosby ] There are many reasons why a company may need or want to change their domain name, there could have been a company merger/split, the current domain name is too long or not to their liking, or simply the company’s name has changed...
  • Blog Post: Source Server Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements for Migration

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett from Product Quality and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] When installing SBS 2008 in migration mode, you are prompted to Run the Migration Preparation Tool on the Source Server, even though you already have: Source Server does...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Windows SBS 2008 Answer File

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Rod White and Justin Crosby] Windows Small Business Server 2008 supports installation using an answer file. The answer file provides the following functionality: Automates the SBS 2008 installation process for both a clean installation as well as a migration...