Configuring Microsoft Azure Online Backup on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sabir Chandwale and Sandeep Biswas from Global Business Support] Microsoft Azure Backup is a cloud-based backup solution that enables online backup and restore of important data to help protect against loss and corruption. This feature can be comfortably integrated to the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. Here are some… Read more

Data Protection in Small and Midsize Businesses Solution Guide Published

[This post comes to you courtesy of Kumud Dwivedi from Content Publishing] If you are a small to midsize business that is looking for a reliable way to protect business data, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 provide a solution to protect your data by centralizing data storage, restricting access to… Read more

What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: protecting data on the server and on the clients

Hello, this is Yang. Today let’s talk about data protection. Depending on your needs, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials provides various backup solutions to make sure that your data is safe and recoverable. Protect server data Windows Server Backup This is the traditional on-premises solution for backing up the entire server (system + data) to… Read more

How to Import and Export Mailboxes using PST Files in SBS 2011 Standard

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Gagan Mehra and Wayne Gordon McIntyre from Commercial Technical Support] There might be instances where an Exchange Administrator will need to export the contents of individual mailboxes to offline files (PST). With Exchange 2010 SP1 we have new set of PowerShell commandlets to export and import mailboxes to… 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

Introducing the Small Business Server 2011 Backup Wizard

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] SBS 2011, just like SBS 2008, includes a backup wizard that is integrated into the SBS console for the purpose of allowing administrators to quickly create a robust backup/restore strategy without requiring them to have prior experience in Windows backup technology. It’s… Read more

Proper Backup/Restore Methods for a Small Business Server 2008 Running as a Virtual Machine

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] There is a common misunderstanding as to what a proper backup and restore procedure should be for SBS 2008 running as a virtual machine. We see many customers who are taking “snapshots” in their chosen hypervisors and are under the assumption that… Read more

How to Perform a Bare Metal Restore on Small Business Server 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shobhit Garg and Justin Crosby from Commercial Technical Support] Today’s post will cover the basics of performing a bare metal restore on Small Business Server 2008. As you will see, a bare metal restore allows you to recover your Operating System, installed applications and data without first having… Read more

How to Backup and Restore Companyweb in Small Business Server 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Kunal Ghotge, Gagan Mehra, David Copeland, Justin Crosby, and Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support] In this post, we will discuss options to backup and restore your SharePoint (Companyweb) site. A good backup and restore strategy is essential for maintaining business continuity when disaster happens. Available Tools for… 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