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Gerry Wieczerza

SBS 2008/2011 Replacement - Non Migration

Good day! We are looking to move two smaller clients from SBS2008 and sbs2011 to Server 2016 Standard.  In both cases there are five or less computers and users so we are ok with creating new users and joining the computers to the new domain (local profiles will be lost).  Any suggestions migrating one local domain user profile to a new domain users profile appreciated! In both cases we will setup Server 2016 Hyper-V host on the new hardware.  Each will have one VM which will also be Server 2016 Standard. In preparation for the ...


Gerry Wieczerza asked 10/15/2018 18:35
Rodney Ort

Allow windows 10 users to configure a pin

Hi Is there a tip somewhere on how to configure group policy to allow windows 10 user4s to configure and use a pin?


Rodney Ort asked 10/14/2018 16:06
Michael Stoffel

Remote NDIS compatible device?

I have a Server 2016 Essentials machine that has Anywhere Access enabled. Both the VPN and the website. Our server has six NIC’s. Two gigabit ethernet ports, two 10 gigabit ethernet ports, and two SFP+ ports. The four ethernet ports are on a single physical card and the two SFP+ ones are on a separate one. We are using one of the SFP+ ports to connect to our local network, and the other ports are all disabled. The Dell OS Deployment utility names the ports something like Slot 1 port 1, etc. I have the port that we ...


Michael Stoffel asked 10/15/2018 12:31
Skip Cox

Windows Server 2016 essentials issue

Windows Server 2016 essentials “start a backup” and “customize backup for the computer” not showing in my client computers task pane. All clients have been set up using the SkipDomainJoin option. I have removed the computers from the server and re-installed them. After they have been set up, all client task pane options are there, however after a backup has run, the “start a backup” and “customize backup for the computer” are not showing up in the client computers task pane. Any thoughts? Thanks, Skip  


Skip Cox asked 09/18/2018 14:14
David Roberts

All local login on Server 2016 essentials

Hi all, I've got a new box set up with windows server 2016 essentials.  I want to have an account or  two on that local box that are not admin, but can log-in locally. I found the services config setting for "user rights assignment" and added the groups administrators and my new group,  "Local Allowed", to that policy object.  However it seems to have no effect.  My users in that group still are not allowed to login to the machine.  Only the admin is permitted.   suggestions? DR


David Roberts asked 10/01/2018 22:27
Art Saffran

Best practice: How to back up Server 2016 Virtual Machine?

What is a good way to back up a Server 2016 running as a Hyper V virtual machine on a Server 2016 system? Windows Server Backup on the guest OS to an external USB drive? Back up the Host along with the VM's by using Windows Server Backup on the Host? Third party software? Thanks.   --Art


Art Saffran asked 09/21/2018 01:47
Narve Andreas Nordås

SSTP Connection droppes just after connected

Hello. On several WSE I have configured Anywhere Acces using the brilliant " Get a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate for Access Anywhere and automatically renew it " tutorial, and it works just fine. But on two of them, after some months in use, the connection now drops immediately after the client connects. On the client, this RasSstp error 6 is logged: The SSTP-based VPN connection to the remote access server was terminated because of a security check failure. Security settings on the remote access server do not match settings on this computer. Contact ...


Narve Andreas Nordås asked 09/21/2018 10:20
Art Saffran

Repurposing 2012 Server to Backup Domain Controller

I'm in the final steps of decommissioning my client's old Server 2012 Essentials after migrating to Server 2016 with Essentials Role installed. I'd like to keep the old server as a backup domain controller, to provide backup of Active Directory. The old server was switched to Server 2012 Standard with Essentials Role installed so we could exceed the original 25 licence limits.  So, it's essentially Server 2012 with Essentials Role that can be uninstalled. Can you give me some guidance on the steps to accomplish this? Should I follow the migration steps through to the end, ...


Art Saffran asked 09/18/2018 14:27
Lee Gale

How to backup and restore your Windows Server Essentials 2016

Hi How to backup and restore your Windows Server Essentials 2016 I’ve read the “How to backup and restore your Windows Server Essentials 2016” tutorial and would like to ask the following questions: I would like to carry out a full test restore from backup, but I do not have an identical server to do this with. Is it possible to carry out a full restore on completely different hardware (different manufacturer)? Is it possible to test a full restore using a virtual machine?  Section 4 of your tutorial discusses restoring ...


Lee Gale asked 09/20/2018 11:22
Lee Gale

Install guide for Windows Server 2016 Essentials?

Hi Do you have a Windows Server 2016 Essentials install tutorial available? Regards


Lee Gale asked 09/20/2018 11:34
Rodolfo Terron

Windows Server Essentials Connector- The server is unavailable

Hello. When I try to connect a laptop to my Server 2016 Essentials domain it fails and says "cannot connect this computer to the network. The server is unavailable. Try connecting this computer again." I have also tried connecting the laptop manually via the system properties dialogue, but I get "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted." I have had this issue on two different laptops that were new out-of-the box. I tried the following so far with no luck: Specified the Essentials server as my DNS server on the laptops and rebooted, made sure ...


Rodolfo Terron asked 09/19/2018 18:13
Palden Tsewang

High availability Hyper v

Hi..   I m running three Hyper v server 2016 on my host machine, i m looking for the best possibility of high availability hyperv machine. Not sure how can i setup this configuration.     thanks 


Palden Tsewang asked 09/10/2018 13:22
Doug Coates

New Outlook profile requred following cutover migration to O365

I am preparing for an SBS2011 to WS2016 Essentials Migration  We are using a cutover migration to O365.  Following the cutover, what will be the client\workstation experience with Outlook?  I need to explain to clients what to expect.  Do we need to remove the original Outlook Profile and associated OST.


Doug Coates asked 09/19/2018 21:57
Skip Cox

Posting a picture

How do I insert a picture in a post?


Skip Cox asked 09/17/2018 23:13
Brent Regnart

Migrate SBS 2011 To Server 2016 (including Exchange 2016)

Hi there and thanks for sharing your knowledge. So as the title indicates above I'm moving from SBS (unfortunately due to Microsoft lowering the user limit) to Server 2016 (and going to include the Essential Experience role) How to migrate from SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2016 (Essentials) . A secondary part is moving Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 How to migrate Exchange Server 2010 from SBS 2011 to a new Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 . I have a 40 user environment and I'm trying to do this without interrupting the users ...


Brent Regnart asked 01/25/2018 06:38
Mark Novitz

SBS2008 to Windows Server 2016 Essentials migration, Folder Replication - Which folders should you include/exclude

I'm doing an SBS2008 to Windows Server 2016 Essentials migration ; we've already migrated much out to Office 365 but still have LOB apps and other data.  With Exchange out of the way, which folders do not need to be migrated - I see the Offline Address Book share ("ExchangeOAB") as well as a general "Address" share which both seem to be connected to Exchange.  I also see some items that appear to be connected to SBS fax service ("faxclient").  Has anyone compiled the list of required/not required folders for migration?  Any thoughts?  Appreciate any knowledge!


Mark Novitz asked 11/17/2017 15:13
Frank Kay

Server 2016 Essentials Dashboard broken - last used 1 week ago, now cannot add a user - how to repair?

I came to add several new users this morning.  Essentials Dashboard took a long time to load (ie produce the 'HOME USERS DEVICES etc tabs at the top).  Add a user also took a long time to allow fields to be entered, and then crashed with 'unknown error' when adding. I notice that the User Groups tab says 'there are no items to display'.  AD shows user groups as expected.  Can I repair the Essentials Dashboard? Hoping for an answer!


Frank Kay asked 09/11/2018 09:46
Rick Martin

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector will not run on new Windows 10 computer

Our environment is a fully patched Windows Server 2012 Essentials and I'm unable to join a new Windows 10 Pro version 1803. The client connector hangs and writes an application error event 1026, .net runtime  Application: ClientDeploy.exe Framework Version: v4.0.30319.


Rick Martin asked 09/09/2018 01:37
Jay Drinkwater

When do I change my router settings if I am migrating Exchange 2010 to 2016 but not yet getting rid of SBS 2011

I am following your very helpful "how-to-migrate-exchange-server-2010-from-sbs-2011-to-a-new-exchange-server-2016-on-windows-server-2016" and wish to complete the Exchange server migration before upgrading SBS 2011. I have got to the point of moving user mailboxes in step 11 and am looking ahead to pointing my incoming emails and access to the mailboxes for users off site and can't see any instructions about how or when to do this. Currently our router forwards all traffic to our public IP address for ports 25, 60 and 443 but I'm assuming this will have to change as I understand from you guide that Exchange 2010 won't proxy ...


Jay Drinkwater asked 09/07/2018 15:04
Art Saffran

Certification Authority Database

In the Migration Guide from 2012 to 2016, the steps to export the Certification Authority Database. The screenshots towards the end of this section show the Server 2012 R2 server. I assume the Certification Authority Database should be backed up on the new 2016 server. Is that correct? Also, minor note: the instructions say to stop the Certificate Services but not to restart. I assume they should be restarted and did so. Thanks. --Art


Art Saffran asked 09/03/2018 21:08
Art Saffran

Errors during Robocopy

During Robocopy from old to new server, there were Access Denied errors that hung up the process. I included the switches /R:0 and /W:0 to skip the files causing errors. Now I'd like to run Robocopy and get a list of the files and folders that are causing the errors so I can determine whether they need to be moved or can be left behind. I've searched but have not found a way to get just this list of errors. Is there a way to do this? Thanks. --Art


Art Saffran asked 09/05/2018 13:19
Art Saffran

Home folder on Server 2016 Essentials

On Server 2012, creation of a user account also created a home folder for users in \\server\users\%username%. Not sure if this was a feature of Server 2012 Essentials. In any case. all users had a home folder created with permissions assigned only to them. It gets mapped to a drive letter. After migrating to Server 2016 with Essentials Role, creation of user accounts does not also create a home folder...the drive mapping fails due to the lack of a network location for the mapping. Is this something that changed in 2016? I checked two other client ...


Art Saffran asked 09/06/2018 01:14
Larry Knopp

SBS 2011 / RWW / TS Gateway event ID 304, error 817

Existing SBS 2011 Domain, no problems. Am performing required remediation of failed PCI Compliance issues, and am "suddenly" unable to connect to Gateway through RWW. All RDP internally works fine. All other functions of RWW work fine. The specific event is : The user "DOMAIN\IAM-ADMIN", on client computer "xx.xx.xx.xx", met connection authorization policy and resource authorization policy requirements, but could not connect to resource "DOMAIN-SBS". The following error occurred: "817".   I have hunted through Event ID documentation, but am completely unable to find any reference to "Error 817" Any ...


Larry Knopp asked 09/06/2018 16:42
Dan Brown

2016 WSE URL for Remote doesn't default to remotewebaccess/remote

I've set up about 30 Server Essentials server for small businesses and am a huge fan of the easy Remote Web Access... in Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the RWA URL automatically defaulted to https//businessname.remotewebaccess.com/remote without any addtional setup, but in every 2016 Essentials server I've setup so far, the default is https://businessname.remotewebaccess.com/ without the "remote" at the end... that pulls up the IIS welcome page, which is fine, I can give users the direct link, but I'm wondering if there's an easy fix? I've tried changing the "default site" in IIS Manager, but that doesn't appear to work. ...


Dan Brown asked 09/03/2018 12:00
Dean Clarke

External Access to Exchange

Hi Mariette, I am about ready to run screaming from this migration. I have finally the mailboxes sorted - only 2 left to go and both over 50% complete.  Life got a bit easier when I found the Move Request section in the Exchange 2010 GUI - I was using Get-Mailbox but it does not show if there is a failure of a transfer.   The internal access to email and outlook appears to be working for all staff - both sending and receiving internally and externally.  Outlook appears to have reconfigured OK and when ...


Dean Clarke asked 09/03/2018 04:56
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