Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in an Existing Active Directory Environment

[This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in an existing Active Directory domain. Some key points to keep in mind in this scenario are: The Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials once deployed, must be the domain controller… Read more

Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter with Windows Server Essentials Experience role in an Existing Active Directory Environment

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sandeep Biswas and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with Windows Server Essentials Experience role in an existing Active Directory environment. There are certain facts that we must be cognizant… Read more

User Groups and Distribution Groups in Windows Server Essentials

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Yang Cao and Yuheng Cai from Sustained Engineering] To easily manage more than one user simultaneously, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (or the Windows Server Essentials Experience role on Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter) now enables you to group users together into… Read more

How to Perform an Authoritative System State Restore in SBS 2008/2011 Standard

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] If you have ever been in the situation where you had to recover an Active Directory object that was accidentally deleted within a multiple Domain Controller environment, then you are probably somewhat familiar with the term “authoritative restore” and what it does…. 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

SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration to a Different Domain Name

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre and Justin Crosby] There are many reasons why a company may need or want to change their domain name, there could have been a company merger/split, the current domain name is too long or not to their liking, or simply the company’s name has changed. This… Read more

What Username and Password Do I Need to Use for Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) in SBS 2008?

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] The method in which the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password is set during an install of SBS 2008 is different than that of Windows Server 2008. Like most component installation in SBS 2008 setup, the dcpromo process is hidden from the user and they will… Read more

SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized!  Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions, creating media, building packaging, delivering the product to distribution channels and handing… Read more

SBS 2008 How-To Information on David Overton’s blog

For some great SBS 2008 “how to” guidance, be sure to check out David Overton’s blog.  SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures) How to change spam settings on Exchange 2007 / SBS 2008 to enable some / all / more spam to be delivered to an account for analysis Once SBS is set up, how to… Read more

Geeky question of the day. . . Why .local for the default Windows SBS 2008 domain name extension?

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Becky Ochs] We’re getting some great questions here at the SMB Summit. One of yesterday’s geeky questions of the day was, “Why are we are defaulting to use .local as the DNS extension for Windows SBS 2008? Isn’t that a problem for Macs?” So here’s our logic for… Read more