EBS Management Server setup fails to complete

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support and Chris Puckett from Product Quality] Setup of the Windows Essential Business Server Management server fails while installing Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 SP 1 (SCE). This can occur whether you are performing a new installation, joining an existing domain or a…

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Reminder that December is the last month to order the Windows Essential Business Server Migration Kit

Earlier this year we announced that we would discontinue future development of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS). To help customers with this transition, we made available at no cost the EBS Migration Kit. The EBS Migration Kit helps customers migrate from the suite to the standalone products by providing most of the individual component software…

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Are your client machines getting errors such as “Network Path Not Found” or “The Specified Network Name Is No Longer Available” when connecting to a Windows 2008 Server share?

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Robert Paige from the Windows Server Partner Ecosystem Team] We wanted to resurface a continuing support issue with deployments that we first commented on back in December of 2009, and again in a March post on the Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team Blog. After a very encouraging decrease in…

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Exchange Certificate Expiration in EBS 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan and Justin Crosby] ** This post has been re-written on 8/25/2011 to cover a wider range of scenarios that have been generating an increasing amount of traffic recently. The EBS 2008 Messaging Server is installed with two Exchange certificates; both are used for securing communication with…

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Backup/Restore Methods for Essential Business Server 2008 in a Virtual Machine Environment

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] There is a common misunderstanding as to what a proper backup and restore procedure should be for an EBS 2008 Management or Messaging server running as a virtual machine. We see many customers who are taking “snapshots” in their chosen hypervisors and are under the assumption…

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How to Maintain and Reduce the Amount of Data Stored in the Systems Center Essentials Databases

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ed Walters] System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE) is a unified management solution that is included with the Essential Business Server package. The application is installed on the Management Server and is designed to give the network administrator the ability to proactively manage IT environments through the use of…

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Our Technical Findings While Developing EBS v2

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Alireza Farhangi] During the development of EBS v2, we tackled quite a few challenges in integrating Microsoft server technologies. We developed solutions and workarounds, proved them through exhaustive testing, and implemented them in EBSv2. Due to external factors, EBS v2 did not release to public. Therefore, we decided…

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New IT Trends Bring Change to Mid-Market Product Line

Four years ago, we committed to building an infrastructure solution for the mid-market. Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) which was the first of its kind to meet the unique needs of mid-market IT pros. Since that time the market landscape has naturally changed. Today, we announced the decision to streamline our server product portfolio and…

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We need your help to plan and communicate useful information

The EBS team is conducting a survey to learn how to better provide information to our partners and customers. We’d like to learn a little more about you and about the EBS resources you find helpful. Please take our short survey! We’ll use the information to plan what information we provide and how to best…

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How to recover EBS 2008 Messaging server objects after an accidental Active Directory server object deletion

Problem Scenario: From Customer Support feedback, we have learned that some customers facing a disaster on one of the Essential Business Server 2008 servers will naturally attempt to clean the servers’ residue from Active Directory before starting a replacement/recovery. This is not recommended by EBS and will block the recovery solution for EBS Messaging server since…

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