Understanding Client Networking in SBS 2011 Essentials

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of John Bay from Commercial Technical Support] The Small Business Server 2011 Essentials server is designed to seamlessly integrate into an existing network infrastructure. The network card on the server is configured to acquire an IP address from a DHCP server. Typically, the DHCP server will be the router…. Read more

SBS 2011 Essentials Setup Hangs while Waiting for DHCP Address

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of John Bay and Wayne Gordon McIntyre from Commercial Technical Support] The installation of Small Business Server 2011 Essentials may hang at the “Please wait while installation continues” screen: At this point of the installation, setup is attempting to configure the network and acquire an IP address from a… Read more

Small Business Server 2011 Slow to Boot and Several Services Fail to Start

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] If you uncheck the IPv6 protocol from your network interface card on your Windows SBS 2011 server you may see the following issues after a reboot: Microsoft Exchange services fail to start Server hangs at “Applying Computer Settings…”  (can… Read more

You May Get an Error "Verify that the Source Server Name is Correct" While Trying to Install SBS into an Existing Domain

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Rod White and Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] When migrating to Small Business Server 2011 standard you may receive the following error message. Cannot find the Source Server Verify that the Source Server name is correct, and then try again. Cause: The problem is usually due to… Read more

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… Read more

You May Lose the Default Gateway on SBS 2008 Every Time You Reboot

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of John Bay from Commercial Technical Support and Chris Puckett from Product Quality] When you reboot an SBS 2008 server, you may experience some of the following symptoms: The SBS server will be unable to browse to the Internet. Users will not be able to connect remotely to the… Read more

Returning Small Business Server 2008 to a Supported Network Topology

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of James Frederickson and Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] We have seen an increase of instances where customers are experiencing various networking problems because they have altered the networking topology by installing multiple NICS or assigning multiple IPs to their single NIC. Some of the more common issues… Read more

Unable to Manage DHCP When an Invalid Name Record Exists in your Hosts File

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] Under certain circumstances, you might be unable to manage DHCP and get a screen like the one shown below. Among a number of causes, this could be the result of having a record for the servers IP address in your hosts file which resolves to a… Read more

You Cannot Install the Hyper-V Role on the SBS 2008 Primary Server

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Martina Grom, Technet Team Blog Austria] When you install the Hyper-V Role on your SBS 2008 Primary Server the DHCP Service will no longer be able to assign IP addresses to your client machines. The reason for this is that we do not support the Hyper-V role on… Read more

BITS, IAS, VSS and RRAS May Stop Responding on SBS 2008 With a Particular NIC Driver

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Damian Leibaschoff] We are investigating an issue with certain Intel PRO/1000 EB with I/O Acceleration network card drivers on Windows Server 2008 that can cause the BITS service to become unresponsive after a few hours to several days of operation. When that happens, the entire… Read more