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

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

Repair Microsoft Exchange Server Roles on Windows Small Business Server 2008

Repair steps for Exchange 2007 on SBS 2008 have been posted to the SBS TechCenter.  These steps cover reinstalling the Client Access, Hub Transport, and Mailbox Server roles for Exchange 2007.  You can view the documents here:  Please note that removing and reinstalling Exchange roles on SBS 2008 should not be a common troubleshooting… 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 – How to Export and Import Mailboxes To and From PST

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] As many are already aware, exmerge is no longer supported in Exchange 2007, this has been replaced with the Power Shell cmdlets import-mailbox and export-mailbox introduced in Exchange 2007 SP1 that now handle this functionality. This post was adapted for SBS from an Exchange team blog… Read more

Introducing SBS 2008 Backup

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Damian Leibaschoff] Backup Theory SBS 2008 leverages Windows 2008 backup technology.  SBS also includes a wizard to configure scheduled backups. It also provides a centralized location to monitor the status of past backups and other related configurations. SBS 2008 can backup: Files and folders System… 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