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Revised version – Migrating Windows SBS 2003 to Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

Whoohoo they finally are tracking the changes in the document!


Download: Migrating Windows SBS 2003 to Windows SBS 2011 Essentials – Microsoft Download Center – Download Details:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3231


This version includes the following updates:


·         Corrects and clarifies the level of permission that is necessary to join a client computer to the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials domain.  (The installation process requires network administrator privileges for domain-joined client computers. Network administrator privileges are not required for computers that are not joined to the domain)


·         Clarifies the steps necessary to configure the CRL distribution list.


·         Updates the script that is used to bulk import users into the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Dashboard. The revised script leverages the improved code that is included in the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials SDK.

Backup issue when Panda Endpoint Security installed

SBS 2011 Essentials Backup Issue:
http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerwinserversbs/thread/7f5d1fae-27a3-44db-9b84-81510ba5ff2f


Problem:
Alerts windows come up saying unable to connect to server when client Dashboard starts on each laptop regardless of whether on or off LAN.
Unable to do configure manual backup from client Dashboard on each laptop with “cannot connect to the windows server computer backup provider service” message


Solution:
I disabled both the laptop and server firewalls with no success. However, I then disabled the HTTP antivirus filter that is part of the Panda Endpoint Security we have installed on each laptop and re-enabled both firewalls. Launchpad, alerts, and backup were then able to communicate with the server. Note this is not the Truprevent firewall component of the Panda antivirus but a component which is supposed to do some prefiltering on browsing activities. We have seen similar issues with other software interacting with the HTTP filter before and have filed a case with Panda to get it resolved

Update Rollup 2 for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is available:

There’s some big changes in this one:


Update Rollup 2 for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is available:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;2630429


Firstly the Office 365 integration module is included in this.


Next it has fixes for getting Lion OS’s connected better to the server.  Mind you the backup from Lion to the Essentials is not fixed as there’s an underlying change in technology that Apple did, but at least the launchpad will now install as it’s supposed to.

Default IIS settings in SBS Essentials

So what are the default IIS settings in SBS Essentials?



 






Mind you this is on a default box without the wizards run.


The current status of Mac Lion and backups

Home server 2011, SBS Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 r2 Essentials tout that they support Macs.  And well for Snow Leopard that’s kinda a fair question.  I say kinda fair because the ability to backup a Mac isn’t like the Windows experience and requires and add in or some hacking of the Mac.


On lion, however a major change was made with Samba and it doesn’t work at this time. 


Bottom line:


Snow Leopard and earlier. SUPPORTED but not AUTOMATIC


Lion. NOT SUPPORTED


If this status changes I will update the wiki and post here.

So What A/V can you run on SBS Essentials?

Security program support in Windows SBS 2011 Essentials environments:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2663776/en-us?sd=rss&spid=1167

Note You cannot install Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 or Microsoft Security Essentials on a server that is running Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

10 or fewer client computers

If your Windows SBS 2011 Essentials-based network has 10 or fewer client computers, we recommend that you install Microsoft Security Essentials on the client computers. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download for up to 10 client computers, and it provides real-time protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. For your Windows SBS 2011 server, we recommend that you install a third-party antivirus solution.

11 to 25 client computers

If your Windows SBS 2011 Essentials-based network has 11 to 25 client computers, we recommend that you install Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 on the client computers. For your Windows SBS 2011 server, we recommend that you install a third-party antivirus solution.

We are currently researching how to support our security products in future releases of Windows SBS Essentials, and we will post more information in this article when it becomes available.

Join coffee coaching for a session on SBS Essentials

HP Blogs – Join us for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Ess… – The HP Blog Hub:
http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Coffee-Coaching-HP-and-Microsoft/Join-us-for-Windows-Small-Business-Server-2011-Essentials/ba-p/103507


If you have ever wondered what Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials is, or how it can help your small business, this free webcast could greatly benefit you. We are pleased to announce a webcast December 8, 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (UTC- 8 hours): Essential Data Solutions for 2012: Help keep your data protected, organized, and at your fingertips …



Join us to learn how SBS 2011 Essentials can help: organize and access business documents from virtually anywhere, protect your customers’ business data, gather greater business insight, and increase business productivity. During the webcast, our presenters will also discuss the benefits of a server, such as an HP ProLiant MicroServer pre-installed with SBS 2011 software and its “solution” focused scenario.



Jane Applegate, a well-respected small business management expert and author of four books about entrepreneurial success, will join us to introduce her new show, Tech Essentials with Jane Applegate. Presenting with Jane Applegate will be two other experts in the field; Enrico Toro & David Fabritius. Enrico is the Small Business product manager for Microsoft’s Server and Cloud marketing organization & he has spent the past 15 years working with Small Businesses. Starting as a growth and quality consultant, he later joined Microsoft, working to develop and market products that can have a significant impact on the way small businesses conduct their activities. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to have a Q&A session with our third presenter, David Fabritius, currently the Windows Server Marketing Senior Product Manager, and a professional in the technology industry since 1992.



We hope you can join us to learn more about Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials. If you are interested in learning more about HP ProLiant MicroServer pre-installed with SBS 2011 please join us on the web or join the Coffee Coaching community by following us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn.

Is there something you’d like changed in SBS Essentials?

I’ll tell you one I want changed in the next version, the Launchpad.  It doesn’t give me the same alerts as the old home server alerts did for one, and then I want to have them launched minimized.


Yes I know there are workaround for the issue of minimization:   http://www.wegotserved.com/2011/10/25/automatically-minimize-windows-home-server-2011s-launchpad-start/


Yes, I know there’s an add in someone built for the alerts – http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/files/category/6-home-server-status/
 


But quite frankly if you are going to convince this particular business decision maker that Essentials is where I should position my firm on in the future, there’s some key things that need to be changed in Essentials and this launchpad is one of the things that need to be changed.


Here’s what I – what we (as I stole this list from Ken Warren)  – want


* A launchpad installer that gives a useful error if there’s a failure during installation. Getting most of the way done and rolling back with a generic error message is a broken user experience.  The fact that we have to have an entire (and increasing) wiki post to keep track of the weird errors is just wrong – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/3887.aspx And that we have to tell people how to find actionable log files is wrong too.


* A launchpad that can be configured a bit when installed. (start minimized, show alerts, etc.)


* A launchpad that starts up quickly.


* A Launchpad that delivers useful information, via icon, alerts, etc.


Do you agree with me?


If you do sign up for either the Home Server feedback process or the SBS Essentials feedback process and vote up these bugs here:


https://connect.microsoft.com/SBS/feedback/details/703276/sbsvnext-please-allow-for-a-more-adjustable-launchpad


or


https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/703285/home-server-vnext-please-allow-for-a-more-adjustable-launchpad


Note that I am not the first to bug this –  https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/689339/launchpad-as-a-sidebar-gadget#details and https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/682443/whs-2011-launchpad-tray-icon-should-get-an-info-if-backup-is-in-progress-like-whsv1 and https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/669740/launchpad-should-start-minimized (86 votes and counting)  https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/665942/launchpad-cant-be-set-to-start-minimised 45 votes , and https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/645958/icon-still-green-in-my-win-7-64-clients-taskbar 10 votes, https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/644807/launchpad-notification-area-icon-never-turns-blue 22 votes for the current 2011 versions, but I’m asking for the next version of SBS Essentials.


Now that I’ve bugged both of those, what would you like to see a suggestion for in the next version of SBS Essentials?


 

How many characters are allowed in a domain name?

Starting to see people getting stuck on this with SBS essentials.  Migrating from an existing SBS 2003 where the netbios domain name is 16 characters or longer.


On SBS 2003 it gracefully would handle this.  On SBS 2011 Essentials the symptom you get is


Existing domain name too long 16 characters:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-IN/smallbusinessserver/thread/bab3b80a-61c6-4d6a-91e1-b0629fd7e9a8



Hang loose as we determine what the best cause of action is.  Bottom line, count up the number of characters in the netbios domain name.



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I'm seeing this error message when attempting Win7 join to domain:
“An unexpected error has occurred. To resolve this issue, contact the person responsible for your network.”

According to http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/sbs2011essentials/computer-connection-support-1.aspx
the issue could be "The WSS Certificate Web Service might not be running."

The service is running, and stopping / starting does not change issue.

CSetup.log follows:

[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] wmain: Start of CSetup
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CoCreateInstance CLSID_DOMDocument60 succeeded.
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - selectSingleNode
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_firstChild
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_nodeValue
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - SysAllocString value: JLMSBS2011
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CoCreateInstance CLSID_DOMDocument60 succeeded.
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - selectSingleNode
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_firstChild
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_nodeValue
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - SysAllocString value: 192.168.111.4
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CoCreateInstance CLSID_DOMDocument60 succeeded.
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - selectSingleNode
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_firstChild
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_nodeValue
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - SysAllocString value: 50
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CoCreateInstance CLSID_DOMDocument60 succeeded.
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - selectSingleNode
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_firstChild
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_nodeValue
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - SysAllocString value: Administrator
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CoCreateInstance CLSID_DOMDocument60 succeeded.
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - selectSingleNode
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_firstChild
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_nodeValue
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - SysAllocString value: en-US
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CoCreateInstance CLSID_DOMDocument60 succeeded.
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - selectSingleNode
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_firstChild
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_nodeValue
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - SysAllocString value: 1033
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CoCreateInstance CLSID_DOMDocument60 succeeded.
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - selectSingleNode
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_firstChild
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - get_nodeValue
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - SysAllocString value: JuniorLeagueofMemphis
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] CServer::GetNodeValue - Failed to Copy Node Value: hr = 0x8007007a
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] Failed to load server domain netbios name from server info xml file C:\Windows\Temp\Client Deployment Files\ServerInfo.Xml: hr =0x8007007a
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] wmain: CServer::LoadInfoFromXml failed: hr = 0x8007007a
[11/11/2011 14:29:37  a8c] wmain: Unexcepted error occured - exiting program.
[11/11/2011 14:29:39  a8c] wmain: End of CSetup: hr=0x8007007a
The key hint there is that it's getting stuck on the server domain netbios name from the server xml file.

Want a bigger than 60 gig C drive on your SBS Essentials?

If you want to change the default 60 gigs of the c drive to a larger size review these posts:


http://titlerequired.com/2011/08/02/installing-sbs-essentials-using-an-answer-file/

Extending Your System Partition of your Primary Hard Drive on SBS 2011 Essentials or WHS 2011 Server – Using Windows Home Server:
http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2011/08/13/extending-your-system-partition-of-your-primary-hard-drive-on-sbs-2011-essentials-or-whs-2011-server/