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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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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Replacing Network Adapter on Security Server may cause inbound/outbound email queuing up on Edge Transport Server

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ping Xu] Symptoms: Replacing a network adapter on the Essential Business Server 2008 Security Server may cause inbound and outbound email to queue and not be delivered. Confirm this by checking the message queue on the Security Server: Start the Exchange Management Console on the Security Server. Click…

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Best Group Policy Manager in the 2009 Redmond Reader’s Choice Awards for Windows Essential Business Server!

In the Redmond Reader’s Choice Awards newly expanded 2009 survey, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 won Best Group Policy Manager honors in a field of 22 products. Although new to the category, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 came out on top with 15.7 percent of the votes.  If that’s not enough good news, Windows EBS…

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Installing Security Server behind existing firewall in Windows Essential Business Server

While Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (Windows EBS) Security Server can be installed as the single perimeter security solution it is common to have it  coexist with existing security solutions like hardware firewall on the perimeter.  In this configuration, Forefront TMG is the “back end firewall” to the existing “front end” firewall, providing a defense…

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Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB951847) Fails to install on Windows Essential Business Servers

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill and Chris Puckett] Updated 12/11/2009 – Added msiexec /fp instructions. You may see installation failures of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (KB951847) on the 3 EBS 2008 Standard Edition Servers.  Clients and other servers are not affected.  The behavior is that the update will…

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