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  • Blog Post: An Administrators Quick Look at SharePoint for SBS 2011 Standard

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan, Gagan Mehra, and Sabir Chandwale from Commercial Technical Support] SharePoint Services have been an integral part of Small Business product line since SBS 2003. It serves as a secure web based collaboration platform that is easy to deploy, maintain...
  • 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: How to Backup and Restore Companyweb in Small Business Server 2008

    [ Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Kunal Ghotge, Gagan Mehra, David Copeland, Justin Crosby, and Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support ] In this post, we will discuss options to backup and restore your SharePoint (Companyweb) site. A good backup and restore strategy is essential for maintaining...
  • Blog Post: Trouble Installing SharePoint 3.0 after WSUS 3.0.

    [Today's tip comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett] One frequent question often asked of SBS 2003 server installations concerns the order of installing the components, upgrades, and updates that have released over the years. For the most part, the best approach is to install the items in the order they...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Update Rollup 2 (KB 960911) Installation Failure

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of the SBS Support Team ] When you attempt to install SBS 2008 UR 2 ( 960911 ) it may fail with error code 6BA "Windows Update encountered and unknown error". The C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log file for this update reports error 0x80070643 / 0x000006BA...
  • Blog Post: Potential issues after installing SharePoint Foundation 2010 SP1

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Fang Xie, Guang Hu and Ning Kuang from Sustained Engineering and Christopher Puckett, John Bay and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was recently released through Microsoft Update. On a...
  • Blog Post: Cannot Access CompanyWeb After Installing 948110

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff and Justin Crosby] SharePoint users who upgraded from SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (WMSDE) to any other edition of SQL Server 2000 (for example, SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition) may be incorrectly offered a WMSDE update for 948110. This problem...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Update Rollup 3 (KB 969121) Installation Failure

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett] When you attempt to install SBS 2008 UR 3 (969121) it may fail with error code 6BA "Windows Update encountered an unknown error". The C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log file for this update reports error 0x80070643 / 0x000006BA. Troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint v3 Security Update KB 934525

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett] A security update for Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) version 3 was released today on Microsoft Update. If you do not have WSS v3 installed on your SBS server, you will not be offered this update. I want to point out one of the bullet...
  • Blog Post: You Must Manually Run PSCONFIG after Installing SharePoint 2010 Patches

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of John Bay from Commercial Technical Support] Patching SharePoint is a two-step process. The updated binaries are first installed and then psconfig must be run to update the SharePoint databases. SBS 2008 uses Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and updates automatically...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Update Rollup 2 Released (KB960911)

    Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 Update Rollup 2 is now available on Microsoft Update and WSUS. This rollup package addresses the following issues in Windows Small Business Server 2008. Issue 1 After you configure Windows Small Business Server 2008, you manually change the Favorites...
  • Blog Post: Authentication Issues Accessing Companyweb from the Server Itself after 963027 or Windows 2008 SP 2

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Ketan Thakkar, Manish Kapoor, Chris Puckett, and Justin Crosby ] You may experience authentication issues browsing http://companyweb on SBS 2003 and SBS 2008 servers after installing the cumulative security update for Internet Explorer (963027 or 969897) or Internet...
  • Blog Post: How to Migrate Companyweb to a SQL 2008 R2 Standard Instance on SBS 2011 - Part 3: Migrating the Content Database

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] This post is an extension of Part Two of this series, where we are discussing how to migrate Companyweb with a larger content database to a SQL 2008 R2 Standard instance. In the last post we covered the configuration...
  • Blog Post: How to Use Outlook to Send Email to a SharePoint Document Library on SBS 2008

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] This post discusses the steps necessary to allow Outlook to send email to the SharePoint 3.0 Document Library (Companyweb). All mail enabled Sharepoint 3.0 document libraries in SBS 2008 are configured with a recipient address using the @companyweb...
  • Blog Post: Files in Companyweb are Opening Read-Only After SBS 2008 UR2

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of the Rod White, Chris Puckett, Damian Leibaschoff, and Justin Crosby ] We have discovered an issue with SBS 2008 UR2, that will cause documents opened from http://companyweb to be in read-only mode in your browser (i.e. Word/Excel/etc. is not launched).  You...
  • Blog Post: Another Reason Why Browsing CompanyWeb May Fail with HTTP Error 503 on SBS 2011 Standard

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] We have found a second, somewhat less common, issue that can cause the error described previously in “ HTTP Error 503 Accessing Company Web on SBS 2011 Standard ”. You may experience...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Server Storage Management in SBS 2008

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] A common support call with SBS 2003 was customers running out of space on their O/S partition and they needed to move data to a separate drive/partition in order to free up space. There were many components of SBS that would take up large amounts...
  • 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: Potential Issues After Installing SharePoint Foundation 2010 Security Update

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff and Justin Crosby from Commercial Technical Support] Issue Description and Symptoms: Last Tuesday (9/13/2011), KB2494001 “MS11-074: Description of the security update for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010: September 13, 2011 ” was released to...
  • Blog Post: HTTP Error 503 Accessing Company Web on SBS 2011 Standard

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] If your SharePoint service account passwords ever become out-of-sync, you will have issues trying to access http://companyweb . The most common error you will see is “ HTTP Error 503...
  • Blog Post: How to Change the CompanyWeb Timeout in SBS 2008

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett] The CompanyWeb site in SBS 2008 is configured with a 30 minute idle timeout in the default master page. This timeout is unique to CompanyWeb in SBS 2008 and affects connections to CompanyWeb from the LAN or over the Internet.  To change this timeout...
  • Blog Post: 2nd UPDATE: Installing Hotfix 948110 on SBS 2003 Servers

    We have received a few reports of hotfix 948110 causing issues with SharePoint (Companyweb) on SBS 2003. At this time please hold off on installing this patch on your SBS 2003 server. Installing this hotfix may prevent the SharePoint WMSDE instance from starting. We are currently investigating the issue...
  • Blog Post: A Tip for Preventing Certain SharePoint Connectivity Failure in SBS 2008

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett from Product Quality and Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] There is a pre-emptive update that you can install to decrease you chances of running into the issue described in “ Companyweb Inaccessible after Sharepoint 3.0 Service Pack...
  • Blog Post: Recovering Disk Space on the C: Drive in Small Business Server 2008

    [ Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff and Wayne Gordon McIntyre from Commercial Technical Support and Chris Puckett from Product Quality ] SBS 2008 installs all of its features using a single volume (C:), there are tools available to move some of the data to other locations, but...