Remotely Administer Additional 2008 Servers

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the first server product where the Windows firewall is enabled by default. This is definitely a plus from a security standpoint however by default it does not allow remote administration. If you attempt to remotely connect to the Event Viewer of… Read more

A Method to Configure Outlook Web Access Redirection in SBS 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre ] The URL for OWA in SBS 2008 is https://remote.contoso.com/owa if a user attempts to access this page without specifying “https” they will receive a 403.4 forbidden this site must be accessed over SSL.  Today we will discuss an easy method to configure HTTP to HTTPS… Read more

SBS 2008 Migrations Fail When The Migration Preparation Tool Has Not Been Run

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of John Bay and Shawn Sullivan] We have recently received a number of support calls where migrations to SBS 2008 are failing, particularly with Exchange setup, because customers are not running the Migration Preparation Tool on the SBS 2003 server prior to beginning the migration process. This tool performs… Read more

SBS 2008 to SBS 2008 Migration Fails When "Windows SBS User Policy" Edited

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Chris Puckett] Windows Small Business Server 2008 creates a group policy called “Windows SBS User Policy”, one of the tasks of this group policy is to add a few shortcuts (OWA, RWW, and WSS) to IE on SBS clients.  If this list is modified AND… Read more

How to Configure the Store Junk Mail Threshold in SBS 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff] In SBS 2008 we automatically configure Content Filtering in Exchange 2007 to reject any e-mail that scores a spam confidence level of 7 or higher. Get-ContentFilterConfig| fl scl* SCLRejectThreshold     : 7 SCLRejectEnabled       : True SCLDeleteThreshold     : 9 SCLDeleteEnabled       : False SCLQuarantineThreshold : 9 SCLQuarantineEnabled   : False… Read more

How Outlook 2007 and Windows Mobile 6.1 Use Autodiscover with SBS 2008

 [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary and Shawn Sullivan] After the completion of SBS 2008 setup and the Internet Address Management Wizard (IAMW), Exchange 2007 is configured to accept both internal and external Outlook 2007 SP1 and Windows Mobile 6.1 Autodiscover requests. These requests are handled by the Exchange Autodiscover service, which… Read more

Introduction to the Fix My Network Wizard (FNCW)

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] In SBS 2003, the CEICW was available to administrators for configuring their firewall, Internet connection, self-signed certificate, and email settings from a single wizard. Re-running the CEICW was a common troubleshooting step in fixing network related problems. However, SBS 2008 has taken the concept of the… Read more

How to Setup Anti-Spam in Exchange 2007 When Using a Mail Hosting Company

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] Exchange 2007 introduces a built-in feature called Sender Reputation for both the Edge and Hub Transport server roles. The purpose of Sender Reputation is to record the legitimacy, through a number of tests, of each external SMTP server that sends email to Exchange. For detailed information… Read more

Windows Live OneCare Announcement

Be aware of the following Windows Live OneCare Announcement. SBS 2008 Specific Q&A: Q: How does this impact Windows Small Business Server 2008 (part of the Windows Essentials Server Solutions offerings) and Windows Live OneCare for Server? A: Microsoft will continue to support the 120 day trial for Windows Live OneCare for Server offered in… Read more

Error 0xC004C009 When Activating SBS 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Rod White and Justin Crosby] When you attempt to activate your SBS2008 server you receive the following error: "A problem occurred when Windows tried to activate. Error Code 0xC004C009" If you select "More Information", the description reads: "The activation server determined the license is invalid" Cause: This issue… Read more