SBS 2008 List of Installation Errors

Microsoft has published a list of errors that you may encounter when installing SBS2008. They also include suggested resolution(s) and follow-up tasks for each error. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc546065.aspx

Adding additional email addresses in SBS 2008

Those who have worked with SBS 2000 and SBS 2003 will find that many things are not where you expect them to be in SBS 2008! For example, let’s say you want Sally to receive all email addressed to sales@yourdomain.com (in addition to receiving email as sally@yourdomain.com). In prior versions of SBS, you would go to the SBS console, drill down to Users, go to properies for that user and make the change under the Email Addresses tab. So, how do you do it with SBS 2008? Glad you asked! Start up the Exchange 2007 management console, and click on Recipient Configuration > Mailbox. Double click on the … Continue reading Adding additional email addresses in SBS 2008

Connect Windows 7 to SBS 2008

The SBS offical blog site has an excellent post on how to modify SBS 2008 so that a Windows 7 (Beta) workstation can be joined via http://connect. I have just a couple of observations and suggestions on my part: If you are joining a laptop, be sure to disable your wireless port(s) and join the server using a wired connection! When modifying the XML files, I found it best to copy the XML file over to the ‘My Documents’ folder on the server, edit the file there, and then copy/replace it back to the original directory. Obviosuly you would want to make sure you first … Continue reading Connect Windows 7 to SBS 2008

WHS Restore CD and Realtek NIC

I’ve been testing out the Windows 7 beta on one of my laptops this week. And following my own best practices, I made sure I installed the WHS connector on it and made several backups during my testing. So, yesterday I tried (unsuccessfully) to join the Win7 laptop to a SBS2008 domain. (Yes, I’m aware of my changes required on SBS 2008 to allow Windows 7 to join the domain via http://connect). But still, it failed. So, when I got home I wanted to restore my laptop to its state before my attempt to join it to a domain. Talk about wasting valuable time! First, … Continue reading WHS Restore CD and Realtek NIC

SBS2008 and POP3/IMAP4 Clients

Enabling SBS 2008 to allow remote users to use their email clients (Outlook, Outlook Express, etc.) or phones to pull down email from the SBS2008 server via POP3 or IMAP4 is just slightly more involved than on SBS 2003. For all the step-by-step details and screen shots, visit the Official SBS Blog site which details these steps in two parts (part 1, part 2). However, you may find it helpful to view the big picture in 5 easy steps, and I will also highligh several GOTCHAS to watch out for! Step 1: Enabling the appropriate Microsoft Exchange IMAP4 or POP3 services on the server (Start … Continue reading SBS2008 and POP3/IMAP4 Clients

DCOM 10016 Event Error

After installing SBS 2008, you may begin to see DCOM 10016 event errors being reported in your SBS Monitoring reports as soon as users begin to use Sharepoint/Companyweb. This error is also identified if you run the SBS 2008 Best Practices Analyzer. There have been several posts on how to fix this error, but the instruction always were vague in one specific step. First, here is the DCOM error as reported in the event log and within the SBS Monitoring report: Event Source: DCOM  Event Id: 10016Event Details: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application … Continue reading DCOM 10016 Event Error

Calyptix and SBS

I’ve been install Calyptix AccessEnforcer units recently in several SBS shops, both SBS 2003 and SBS 2008. The AE is a fully featured network security appliance, and comes in various models to fit different size organizations. What I like about Calyptix is its single price — no extra costs for end user licenses or to enable various features. It interfaces nicely with Active Directory for user level filtering and email quarantine. I plan to do more posts in the future on implementing SBS and Calyptix together.

Backup fails after bare-metal restore (SBS 2008)

I had a situation today where I had to reformat & reconfigure the raid drives for an SBS 2008 server. That part went fine, and doing a bare-metal restore of the server from the scheduled SBS 2008 daily USB backup went flawlessly. After we brought the server back online, I attempted to do a new full backup, but the backup failed with the following error: Creation of the shared protection point timed out. Unknown error (0x81000101) A quick Internet search found KB 956136 (“If calls to VSS management interface API’s are made…”). Now, the title of this KB article may not sound like it is … Continue reading Backup fails after bare-metal restore (SBS 2008)

SBS20008 Migration Documents

For those of you who may have missed it … new documentation for migrating to SBS 2008 is now available for viewing or download. This covers both SBS 2003 to SBS 2008, and SBS 2008 to SBS2008 scenarios. Online Technet versions:Migrate SBS2003 to SBS2008Migrate SBS2008 to SBS2008All SBS2008 Technet articles Downloadable versions:Migrating SBS2003 to SBS2008 (Word Doc – 77 pages)Migrating SBS2008 to new hardware (Word doc – 58 pages)SBS Migration & Setup (CHM file) Happy migration!-kw

SBS 2008 and Sharepoint Log file

If using SBS 2008, one of the things you want to do is to install and run the SBS 2008 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) on a regular basis. At my first SBS 2008 installation, BPA recenlty reported that my Sharepoint log file was larger than 1gb in size. Strange, I thought, since this customer had not even started using sharepoint. Beyond that, BPA did not offer any suggestions for resolving this issue. So, here are the instructions (from the SBS BPA team) on what to do: Step 1: start up command prompt in administrator mode. You do this by clicking on … Continue reading SBS 2008 and Sharepoint Log file