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Art Saffran

Delete computer backups

How can I remove unwanted computer backups created by 2016 Essentials? I don't have enough disks space to store computer backups but before I could disable one of the computers, it backed up using 40+ GB of needed space. I removed the backup using the Dashboard for this computer and selected to have the backup files deleted. The files still appear. Will they be removed by a scheduled process or do I need to remove them? If so, how can I do this? Many thanks. --Art


Art Saffran asked 11/24/2017 02:50
Tami Farrelly

SBS 2011 Virtualization on Server 2016

Hi there...I am looking for some assistance for the hardware to run a virtualized SBS with sharepoint, exchange and file sharing on a new hardware 2016 server. I am also wondering about the licensing...with the 2016 server will I need user cals as well? we desperately need to replace the hardware for our current SBS 2011 Premium....then we plan to migrate the SQL to a standalone and the exchange to 365 and  eventually the AD to the new version 2016 or what ever is best in 2020. I am unsure of the setup for virtualization ...


Tami Farrelly asked 02/12/2019 16:32
Dick Summers

Exchange Server 2016, receive connector with no TLS

I have a client with Exchange 2016.  They have an old phone system and voicemail system that transcribes voicemail to email and sends to the Exchange server for distribution to user mailboxes.  The Exchange server stopped receiving email from the voicemail server recently.  My suspicion is TLS. The voicemail system does not have any kind of authentication, so obviously no TLS.  My question is, would there be a downside to modifying the Default Frontend receive connector scoping to "skip" the IP address of the voicemail server, then create a separate receive connector with scoping for only the voicemail ...


Dick Summers asked 02/18/2019 20:55
Robert Knowles

SBS2008/SBS2011 migrations

Good day. I have a few clients still running SBS2008 and SBS2011. We really need to get these clients upgraded. Here is my question: The subscriptions sold on this site you have access to EVERY tutorial for ANY migration once you pay? Also, my end result for all these clients is to have Server 2019 and Exchange 2019 on a new virtualized server for all. I have read that there are multiple hops to get this result. So I would in essence have to go from say SBS2008 to Server 2012r2 correct first? Then onto 2019. ...


Robert Knowles asked 02/14/2019 21:26
Moshe Shopen

sbs 2008 migration steps

Hi, i am considering my steps in migration the 2008 sbs server making ready all backups and upgrades. from my understanding it is best to first move the exchange to a new location and than handle the rest of the sbs roles. Reading  the tutorial for migration exchange 2007 to exchange 2013 on windows 2012 R2 it says: "In this situation we already have installed Windows Server Essentials 2012R2 or a Windows Server 2016 and we migrated FSMO roles from the SBS 2008 to that new server" i want to 1st. migrate the exchange ...


Moshe Shopen asked 01/06/2019 16:36
Dick Summers

IUSR, IWAM accounts

Reviewing event logs on a Windows 2012 R2 server with Essentials Experience installed. I started with Event 1202 with warning 0x534: no mapping between account names and security IDs was done. RSOP shows errors with "Access this computer from the network" and "Allow log on locally". When I open the Default domain controller policy, Computer Configuration, Policies, Windows Settings, Security Settings, Local Policies, User Rights Assignment I see accounts, two of which are ISUR_(old deleted server name) and IWAM_(old deleted server name). When I search Active Directory, I cannot find these accounts. Can ...


Dick Summers asked 02/15/2019 17:55
Ken Sheppard

Windows Server 2016 DC on a Domain Running Windows Server 2003 FFL and DFL

I'm finding conflicting information about adding a new DC running Windows Server 2016 to an existing domain running Windows 2003 DC with Forest Function Level and Domain Function Level set to Windows Server 2003.  I have found two Microsoft KBs that appear to suggest the exact opposite.  Anyone know the real answer?  Thanks for any input.  1st KB supports Windows Server 2016 with 2003 FFL and DFL: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-ds/deploy/upgrade-domain-controllers "Windows Server 2016 requires a Windows Server 2003 forest functional level. That is, before you can add a domain controller that runs Windows ...


Ken Sheppard asked 01/17/2019 00:15
Ken Sheppard

DFS with Windows Server 2016 Version 1607

I am replacing some older, legacy DCs that are still running Windows 2003.  These older versions still run DFS and I know that Microsoft has been warning of DFS removal for quite some time.  After some research, it does appear that Microsoft somewhat relaxed or delayed the threat of DFS removal.  My Dell copy of Microsoft Server 2016 is version 1607 and not 1709 or later.  The following article appears to suggest that version 1607 still supports DFS.  Am I correct in my reading?  Thanks.  Ken Update 10/10/2016 We did not remove FRS from Windows Server ...


Ken Sheppard asked 01/14/2019 14:49
Helen Mooc

Certify SSL Manager

Hello I am getting an error in the Certify SSL Manager when I am testing the certificate setup: Could not verify URL is accessible:  http://remote.domainname.ca/.well-known/acme-challenge/configcheck I installed the Certify SSL manager on the Essential server 2016 and following the steps to setup a free certificate for vpn service. Do you know why?


Helen Mooc asked 01/09/2019 21:58
Jeff Broach

Migrate Two 2012 DHCP Servers with Replicaiton-Failover Load Balancing to Two New 2016 DHCP Servers

I was wondering the best way to Migrate Two 2012 DHCP Servers with Replicaiton-Failover Load Balancing to Two New 2016 DHCP Servers. I am guessing you would Deconfigure Failovers. Then do a Export of DHCP Data and the Import to the New Server. Then Configure Failover. Any ideas?  


Jeff Broach asked 01/23/2019 19:37
Yitzhak Weinbaum

setting dhcp problem in sbs2011 to server 2016 essentials migration problem

When trying to run Set-DhcpServerDnsCredential –Credential $Credential –Computername "$env:computername.$env:userdnsdomain" I'm getting  Set-DhcpServerDnsCredential : Failed to get the username and domain from domain\administrator What can cause this and how do I fix it Thanks Izzy


Yitzhak Weinbaum asked 02/01/2019 13:12
Shawn Johnson

Accidentally removed CA. Recreated as a new CA. Now I have no devices.

Hi everyone. As stated in the title I was decommissioning my old SBS 2003 server. As such, I was removing the CA service from the server. The problem is that I accidentally removed it from the new WSE 2016 server! I reinstalled the role, but configured it as a new CA. Now I don't see any devices in the dashboard, including the WSE server. Any suggestions on how to proceed? I assume I can reconnect the clients to the server, but I'm not sure about the server. Thanks!


Shawn Johnson asked 02/04/2019 18:07
Barnaby  Burman

SBS2008 to Essentials 2016 - "Connection-specific DNS Suffix" Blank and VPN not working

Hi, I have migrated from SBS2008 to Essentials 2016 and have followed all of the instructions apart from setting the DHCP to run off the Router (Draytek 2830) but the router is now pointing the DNS back to the new 2016 server. I now have two main problems: 1) The "Connection-specific DNS Suffix" is blank when doing IPconfig /all even when on the server. I have cleaned up the DNS settings as per the instructions but has not made any differences. I have also run the powershell checks and everything tallies up ok. 2) ...


Barnaby Burman asked 01/20/2019 18:31
Ken Sheppard

SBS 2003 to Server 2016 Migration

What is the purpose of disabling the Logon as a Service under the Default Domain Controller GPO before adding the new Server 2016 DC in the SBS 2003 to Server 2016 Migration Guide?


Ken Sheppard asked 01/18/2019 13:24
James Larson

How to setup DNS for IIS Website on Windows Server 2016?

Can somebody please remind me how to setup the DNS for my IIS Website on Windows Server 2016?  (Hopefully I'm saying that right)  I have a site setup on Windows Server 2016 (IIS) and a static IP Address from my ISP.  I have setup port forwarding to use port 81 on my router.  I can access the site just fine using the IP Address ( :81/WEB/Login).  However, I'm having a brain cramp as to how to map the IP address to my domain name so it's not showing the IP Address.  This is an secondary website for only certain ...


James Larson asked 01/09/2019 02:30
Todd Tolson

SBS 2011 to Server 2016 w/ on prem Exchange (2VMs) .local to .com

I'm trying to do my due diligence prior to a 3 month subscription.  I have a client with a SBS 2011 using a company.local domain.  Would like to change to corp.company.com to facilitate the change in SSL Certificate rules.  Is this possible to do this in conjunction with your migration guides?   Sincerely, Todd Tolson Tolson Computer Solutions


Todd Tolson asked 12/31/2018 03:43
Jay  Lanzy

Server 2012 Essentials & Server 2012 Essentials R2 - Different or Same

Pardon the Noobian question but...Are they the same. R2 is just the Service Pack. I have run all of the updates, but i do not have R2. What am i missing?


Jay Lanzy asked 01/08/2019 20:35
Moshe Shopen

SBS2008 migration

Hi,  we have SBS2008 with migration plan to end up with : 1. On premise- Server 2016 with Exchange 2016 (after migrating to a mid server with 2013) 2. On Premise - Server 2016 with SQL, AD, DC, AD and DNS   My plan: 1. migrate exchange 2007 to cloud server with 2012R2 & Exchange 2013 2. migrate sbs2008 to server 2016 3. migrate cloud server with with the exchange 2013 to on premise Exchange 2016. -does it sound good or any other suggestions ? -  will the ...


Moshe Shopen asked 01/04/2019 08:46
James Shimota

Server 2016 migration - cannot get Client Connect software to run - server unavailable.

Hi - Migration from sbs 2012r2 to Server 2016 Essentials.  Have had a myriad of problems, even paid Microsoft. (a wierd problem with .Net30 not installing due to need of Portuguese - Brazil keyboard). Another big problem initially was certs.  I had to regen the cert for the remote access. thats now working correctly.  I may still have a problem here - when I access the server from itself or a workstation as "https://[Servername]/ I get "SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER" in firefox.  however, all remote service works (web/remote access/VPN).  I believe it is a self signed cert problem but I've ...


James Shimota asked 01/04/2019 18:32
Joe Magueta

SBS2011 - Exch 2010 to Exch 2016 Public Folder Content Migration

I'm just migrating mailboxes right now and will be migrating the Public Folders soon. The Public Folders contain various calendars for scheduling resources and I just want to confirm that the calendars will transfer over and will be available to everyone after they've been moved to Exch2016.  I'm aware that Exch2016 has special accounts for this and will be training them on it once the migration has happened. Thanks Joe


Joe Magueta asked 01/01/2019 19:04
James Larson

Scalable BackUp Storage for Windows Server 2016

Hi all! Does anybody know of a good device/platform for Windows Server 2016 Standard backups?  I bought a Drobo 5C (5 drive bays, USB3.0 connection), which is an amazing device, but it technically isn't supported for Windows Server and I've been having some trouble with it.  It has to do some fancy foot work in order to accommodate Windows backup in the first place, which seems to give Windows Server Backup grief.  What I like about it is: Direct connection to the tower server (USB), which provides faster backups and faster restores (a lot faster than ...


James Larson asked 12/31/2018 01:25
David Moore

Migration SBS2011 to Office 365

https://www.server-essentials.com/support/cutover-migration-sbs2011-exchange-server-2010-to-office-365 I am trying to run the script on SBS2011 Get-Mailbox –ResultSize unlimited –Filter {(RecipientTypeDetails -eq 'UserMailbox')} | Add-MailboxPermission -User 'migadmin' -AccessRights FullAccess -InheritanceType all And I am getting:  User or group "migadmin" wasn't found. Please make sure you've typed it correctly.     + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Add-MailboxPermission], ManagementObjectNotFoundException     + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 4AE421D1,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.RecipientTasks.AddMailboxPermission What am I missing.


David Moore asked 12/25/2018 07:45
Ophelia Swai

DCDIAG Failed due to old name server in DNS forward lookup zone - after replication of DC

How do i remove a redundant name server from a dns forward lookup zone on replicated domain controllers


Ophelia Swai asked 12/22/2018 02:44
Brad B

Add new user to PC access post deployment with Essentials Connector

Hi, I have previously used Essentials Connector to add all of our new Windows 10 PCs to our domain on Server Essentials 2016.  During the deployment with Essentials Connector, the connector asks which users you want to give access to for that specific PC you are connecting/deploying.  It gives you a list of all of the existing AD users. Now we have a new employee starting soon.  I've created their user account in the AD on Server Essentials 2016.  I've added them to the group that all the other employees are already in. I cannot ...


Brad B asked 12/21/2018 22:27
David Moore

Lets Encrypt

Last year I did 6 conversions from SBS2011 to ESS2016 / Exchange 2016 using your guides. Their certificates will be up for renewal shortly and I would like to convert to Lets Encrypt. So I need to be sure that the certificate will support: domain.com.au autodiscover.domain.com.au mail.domain.com.au remote.domain.com.au Also this Christmas I will be converting 8 sites, I would have preferred to upgrade to Essentials 2019 / Server 2019 / Exchange 2019 is this still not an option?  


David Moore asked 12/20/2018 11:06
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