Ask a question

David Moen

SBS2008 to Server 2016 - Exchange won't uninstall because IIS is running in 32 bit mode?

Hi all, In this case the customer was running a line of business application on IIS.  Exchange won't uninstall because IIS is "running in 32 bit mode".  My trigger finger is twitching on uninstalling the IIS role so that I can proceed with uninstalling Exchange.  Would there be any reason not to do that?  

David Moen asked 08/15/2018 20:59
Dean Clarke

SBS2003 Exchange to Win2012R2/Exchange 2010 Migration

Hi, This is a migration from Exchange on SBS2003 to a new Win2012R2 server with Exchange 2010.  I started this project a while back, was unable to complete it so just getting back into it now.  I got up to step 15, moving the mailboxes and had to wait until I could get a clear run on the system. I finally got a chance to do this but when I did the Local Move request I got the below error.  It did not matter if I tried to move all mailboxes or just a single mailbox.  ...

Dean Clarke asked 08/08/2018 01:50
Greg Mohr

When uninstalling sbs2008 Exchange role, I get a Mailbox Role Checks ...Failed

I get the following msg on the SBS 2008 box I am trying to get over the hump to decommission: c:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Bin> /mode:uninstall Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup Preparing Exchange Setup The following server roles will be removed     Mailbox Role     Client Access Role     Hub Transport Role     Management Tools Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check     Mailbox Role Checks              ......................... FAILED      Uninstall cannot continue. Database 'Public Folder Database': The public folder database ...

Greg Mohr asked 08/12/2018 15:14
Gerry Wieczerza

DFSR Error 4012

Several months after a successful migration from SBS2008 to Server 2016 Std we are now getting an error 4012 on the Domain Controller.   There is another Server 2012 that is part of the domain which is not a backup domain controller. The error states: The DFS Replication service stopped replication on the folder with the following local path: C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain. This server has been disconnected from other partners for 69 days, which is longer than the time allowed by the MaxOfflineTimeInDays parameter (60). DFS Replication considers the data in this folder to be stale, and this server ...

Gerry Wieczerza asked 08/05/2018 22:46
Jean-Christophe BARREAU

Change Essential Reports name

Hi, When we receive the reports for our customers on Essential, we would like to be able to personalize the report. In fact, often on our customer we name the main serveur SRVAD, so we receive all reports by mail with the same label : "Report of integrity for SRVAD"!!! DO you think it's would be possible to mention something like "Report for integrity for DOMAIN - SERVER" instead?    THanks,   JC    

Jean-Christophe BARREAU asked 08/05/2018 18:21
John Nork

Dual Purpose Wired/Wireless Laptop DNS Problem

We have several laptop computers that are workstations on a wired Server Essentials office network.  We have broadband Internet in the office, and the laptops work successfully there in terms of Internet access.  However, the laptops are also used in a traveling capacity where they access wireless networks outside of the office (e.g., home, airport, hotel, bookstore, restaurant, etc.).  In this environment the laptops cannot access any sites on the Internet, even though they show a strong connection to the local wireless network. My theory is that the traveling laptops are not getting DNS service.  As you ...

John Nork asked 08/08/2018 18:14
Shawn Lemay

Troubleshooting GUEST DC Time Sync

Following your setup guidelines here: Only using STEP 4... But the DC guest I have is showing that it's pointing to Your instructions state, " The output must be ‘VM IC Time Synchronization Provider’." but it doesn't say how to reset it. I've tried a few different things to no luck. How do we reset this to be VM IC Time Synchronization Provider?

Shawn Lemay asked 08/02/2018 20:53
James Larson

Essentials Dashboard Not Ignoring or Deleting Some Health Alerts

Does anybody know how to fix this more recent problem with the Essentials Dashboard where it endlessly tries to process your request either ignoring or deleting an alert from Health Monitoring?  Or is everybody still waiting for Microsoft to fix this? Thank you! James  

James Larson asked 08/02/2018 16:20
James Larson

Windows Server 2016, Emby Media Server, Let's Encrypt, & CertifyTheWeb

Hello there, By chance does anybody here know how to install a Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate via CertifyTheWeb app for Emby Media Server on Windows Server 2016 Standard using the Essentials Dashboard?  I followed Mariette's tutorial to setup a et's Encrypt SSL Certificate via CertifyTheWeb app for Access Anywhere (Essentials Dashboard) and that is working beautifully!  Thanks again Mariette!!  Now I basically want to do the same thing for Emby Media Server so that I have a SSL connection outside/remotely to Emby Media Server. Can I use the same Certificate that I have already? Does anybody know ...

James Larson asked 07/29/2018 12:34
Art Saffran

Planning for final migration

I have a few questions regarding final migration of a Server Essentials to Server 2016 with Essentials Role: I am at the FSMO role migration step...have not started it yet. The server is 2016 Standard and I want to install the Essentials Role -- where do I find this to install as it is not part off the Server Standard. After the DHCP transfer, the guide says to install the new Essentials Connector to all domain computers...this is a lengthy task as I will have to go to every client computer. Does this need ...

Art Saffran asked 07/29/2018 14:47
Alan Bateman

Server Essentials 2012 R2 Access Anywhere certificate has expired. How can I renew it?

It seems that the Access Anywhere wizard just reports that the certificate has expired and makes no attempt to renew it. I have run repair and setup etc. Doesn't appear to work. Any attempt at renewing the certificate manually would require me to have DNS access to the domain name ( which, of course I don't. So i'm stuck with 20+ users now with no VPN or RWA .  Is there a way out of this?

Alan Bateman asked 07/30/2018 13:13
Simon Oldfield

SBS 2008 to Server 2016 inc On Prem Exchange 2016

Hi, I work for a small company who are still on SBS 2008. Looking to migrate off this to a physical 2016 server which will have 4 virtuals running inc a DC and an On Prem Exchange 2016 setup. Can you confirm that the guides exist to take me through this process both in terms of the SBS to a standalone DC keeping the same namespace and also migrating from Exchange 2007 to 2016? Many thanks Simon

Simon Oldfield asked 06/28/2018 08:59
James Larson

Post-deployment Configuration failed: Configuration required for DirectAccess and VPN (RAS) on Windows Server 2016

After what seemed a successful, new Windows Server 2016 Standard installation and CertifyTheWeb installed Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate, I have an alert in the Server Manager:  Post-deployment Configuration failed: Configuration required for DirectAccess and VPN (RAS) at . I clicked on "Open the Getting Started Wizard" and get the message: "File C:\Windows\system32\RAMgmt.UI.exe is not available because the required management tools are not installed.  Use the Add Roles and Features Wizard to install the Remote Server Administration Tools." I went to the Add Roles and Features Wizard, but cannot find Remote Server ...

James Larson asked 07/16/2018 01:59
Ken Zarn

Windows 10 Client, The Server is not available

880 180725.142132.2508: ClientSetup: ProcessHelper.StartProcessWithRedirectOutput() Executing "C:\windows\system32\nslookup.exe" LFGDC2 [8080] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Ouptput: Server:  UnKnown [8080] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Ouptput: Address: [8080] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Ouptput: [8080] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Ouptput: Name:    LFGDC2.LFGCO.local [8080] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Ouptput: Address: [8080] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Ouptput: [9144] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Error: [8080] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Standard Ouptput: [880] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: The exit code of the process (C:\windows\system32\nslookup.exe) is: 0 [880] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Set CD Fail reason 10 for SQM in ClientDeployment.exe [880] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Exiting ValidateUserTask.Run [880] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Task with Id=ClientDeploy.ValidateUser has TaskStatus=Failed [880] 180725.142132.3602: ClientSetup: Task with Id=ClientDeploy.ValidateUser ...

Ken Zarn asked 07/25/2018 18:25
Art Saffran

What items in BPA Scan must be resolved prior to migration?

The first step in the migration from Server 2012 to 2016 says to run a BPA scan and fix the reported issues. The scan results in 28 warnings or errors. I'm not sure if all have to be addressed prior to migration...the task seems daunting. I don't want to skip critical issues but also don't want to spend hours fixing issues that might not be relevant and also risk causing problems if I make a mistake. Here are the items. Can someone give me direction on which ones can be left and which will be important or critical ...

Art Saffran asked 07/25/2018 21:03
Joe Healy

DFS Name space

Mariette, I am in the middle of a migration and moving server folders with DFS. I managed to delete the Namespace from the DFS Manager when breaking a replication job from old server to new.( laptop Mouse pad !) While there is no data lost what impact will this have? Can I create a new name space I have one more server folder to migrate to the new server. Thnks in advance JOE

Joe Healy asked 07/13/2018 06:47
Narve Andreas Nordås

VPN to Server 2016 Essentials drops just after connecting

Hi. I have followed the nice tutorial: But when I connect from a computer, the VPN drops just after it's connected. The connection isn't stable. How to solve that? The sertificate is fine, if a go to the Best regards Andreas

Narve Andreas Nordås asked 07/22/2018 18:24
Palden Tsewang

Upgrade from SQL Express to paid SQL Server editions

 how can i Upgrade from SQL Express to paid SQL Server editions? 

Palden Tsewang asked 07/17/2018 14:58
Palden Tsewang

SQL server for client laptop

Hello, I have SQL server 2012 standard running on my server 2008 R2 , all other users there is no problems with exceed of data, but one user is France  having issue with data base exceeded. In that machine i have installed SQL essential which provide at the data limit of up to 10 GB.  Once in a month i have to clean some of his old logs and files . So i m thinking for permanent solution for this user.  Will it fine to install SQL server 2012 standard version in this user / machine? ...

Palden Tsewang asked 07/09/2018 13:32
Carsten Wagnitz

Security Options for Files and Folders on shared Folders written by a Mac Client

Hello ! I have connected a new MacBook Client to a Windows 2016 Domain - with Feature Essentials installed - Using your Installation Guide. It works fine, but I have one Problem : When I write/copy a file from the Mac to the Windows Server Shared Folder the file - information about the security rights a different. On MAC Security Information : the User who writes the file was listet with the rights "reading/writing". On the Windows Maschine with the Shared Folder : The User who writes the files wasn`t listed so he cannot ...

Carsten Wagnitz asked 07/16/2018 10:10
Michael Barnes

VPN Access Reporting

I need to be able to log remote access to Server 2016 Std with Essentials Role specifically VPN access, I need to be able to see what user connected, what time and also what IP address they were allocated. If I recall correctly on previous versions of Windows Server there were log files saved in c:\windows\system32\logfiles\rras but this folder doesn't exist on our server. Anyone know how to find this info on 2016? I know I can view event logs to get the user and time they logged in but event logs don't show what IP ...

Michael Barnes asked 07/12/2018 16:42
James Larson

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied. trying to get to my Windows Server after Anywhere Access setup.

Hello, I setup Anywhere Access via Windows Server Essentials Dashboard on Windows Server 2016 Standard with a Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate using the  Certify SSL/TLS Certificate Management (CertifyTheWeb) following  Mariette Knap 's tutorial " Get a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate for Access Anywhere and automatically renew it ," which is absolutely outstanding by the way.  Every step was successful, no errors, no problems, just great! However, after no indication of any problem during setup, I can't access my "Anywhere Access" site (  I get the webpage ...

James Larson asked 07/05/2018 00:30
Dave Proctor

Unable to demote old SBS 2011

Im runnning the dcpromo to demote my SBS 2011 box but get the error attached saying that it cannot determine ownership of single-master operation roles. all the FSMO roles are showing as being on the new Server 2016 correctly. Should I correct this or just move on to remove things via DNS / AD in the final step ??   Thanks Dave

Dave Proctor asked 07/09/2018 10:04
Don Thompson

SBS2008 let's encrypt certify-the-web

I need to have a temporary ssl certificate for use in migration of sbs2008, specifically for "" to enable outlook anywhere.  Will certify-the-web work with SBS2008?

Don Thompson asked 07/08/2018 14:24
Michael Barnes

VPN DNS issues

So I've finally done the migration of the sbs 2008 server to 2016 and for the most part all went well. The only thing I seem to have issues with at the moment is VPN and I'm hoping it's a simple fix albeit I haven't been able to figure it out as yet. I can connect to the VPN just fine and ipconfig shows that I'm getting a valid IP assigned from the server and dns is point to the servers IP. I can access server folders by using the servers IP but cannot browse any resources ...

Michael Barnes asked 07/09/2018 06:47
Subscribe to new questions