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  • Blog Post: Windows Service Pack 2 for Windows Small Business Server 2003

    This is just a quick note to remind anyone who had previously used the SP2 Blocker Toolkit to block the deployment of Service Pack 2 for Windows Small Business Server 2003 (KB940276) that on Tuesday, August 12 th 2008 Automatic Updates will ignore the registry key and begin offering Service Pack 2 for...
  • 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 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: Microsoft response to Q&A in comment section (Call-Back support announcement)

    Microsoft response to Q&A in comment section ( Link to original post ) Community Question: Are we to assume this excludes business down? Does this mean that "Server Down" support calls will no longer be free? Microsoft Response: This business change includes Business Critical Partner...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: New Security Updates to be released tomorrow

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff] On August 12 th , Microsoft will release several security updates < http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-aug.mspx >. Some of them will require a reboot of your SBS server, if that is the case, you need to be aware of the...
  • 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 Makes an Appearance on CBS's The Early Show

    SBS was recently featured on CBS's The Early Show on Janurary 3rd in a segment on going green.  You can read about it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/03/earlyshow/contributors/dannyseo/main4696579.shtml You can also watch the clip here:
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Migrations from SBS 2003 – Keys to Success

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett, Damian Liebaschoff, Mark Stanfill, Justin Crosby, John Bay, David Copeland, Wayne McIntyre, and Shawn Sullivan] The purpose of this post is to help you complete your SBS 2003 migrations to SBS 2008 successfully on the first attempt. If you are already...
  • 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: Issues After Disabling IPv6 on Your NIC on SBS 2008

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby, Ed Walters, and Doug Boyd] If you uncheck the IPv6 protocol from your network interface card on your Windows SBS 2008 server you may see the following issues after a reboot: Microsoft Exchange services fail to start Server hangs at "Applying...
  • Blog Post: Cannot Reply To Old Emails Or Modify Old Calendar Items After PST Mail Migration

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre and Justin Crosby ] Note: This article has you make changes to Active Directory. Before doing so be sure to make a complete backup . After a mail migration to a new domain/Exchange organization using Exmerge, you will lose the ability to reply...
  • Blog Post: Allow Authenticated Relay

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] Today we are going to discuss the "Allow all computer which successfully authenticate to relay, regardless of the list above" option in Exchange.  Enabling this setting will allow authenticated relay off of your server.  This is...
  • Blog Post: How SBS 2003 CALs Work with Windows 2008 in Your SBS Domain

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] As you probably already know your SBS CAL allows clients in your network to access other Windows 2003 or 2000 servers in your domain, without the need to purchase additional file and print CALs.  With the release of Windows 2008 we have seen many...
  • Blog Post: Loss of Internet Connectivity After Installing 951748 and 951746

    We have received reports of customers loosing Internet connectivity after installing MS08-037 (951748 and 951746).  This issue can occur on both the server and the clients.  This issue may occur when customers are running ZoneAlarm or Check Point Endpoint Security (previously named Check Point...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Call-back support for Small Business Server Products

    On August 1, 2008 the Small Business Server support business at Microsoft will implement a call-back model for all Professional SBS support incidents in the United States. Below is a description of how to contact Microsoft customer service. Why are we moving to a call-back model? 1. To eliminate...
  • Blog Post: Known Issues after Installing WSUS Update KB2720211

    Few issues have been encountered after applying WSUS update KB2720211 on Small Business Server 2003 (If WSUS 3.0 is present), Small Business Server 2008, and Small Business Server 2011 Standard. WSUS team came up with a blog post which covers all these issues and their resolution/workaround in detail...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming 5W/50 Webseminars

    Check out these upcoming web seminars: Title Date 5W/50 Series - How can the Microsoft Office Client & Microsoft Unified Communications impact your business? 3/13/2009 5W/50 Series - Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 on the same server using Microsoft virtualization Technologies 3/17/2009 5W/50...
  • Blog Post: Information about SBS 2003 Product Support Lifecycle

    [This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Commercial Technical Support] This blogs post underlines the Product Support Lifecycle of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 and its individual components. We are publishing this information as SBS 2003 is nearing its end of support. Here...
  • 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: Installing Windows 7 in a SBS 2003 Environment

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of J ustin Crosby ] If you want to use http://servername/connectcomputer to join a Windows 7 machine to your SBS 2003 domain you must first install hotfix KB 926505 .  Most SBS 2003 installations should already have this update installed as this is the same hotfix...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 BPA Updated

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of David Copeland] The configuration file for the SBS 2003 BPA has been updated with new rules and a couple of fixes. Some of the new checks include: Checks to see if the  Microsoft Active Directory connector is installed. If so, warns that it will need to be removed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows SBS Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 Readiness Training @ SMB Summit

    During the first two days of the SMB Summit this April, some of the contributors to this blog will be speaking about Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. We will provide a first taste of the upcoming products from our unique point of view. We’ll discuss...
  • 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