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Ken Sheppard

AD Replication Schedule Before Adding New AD Server

I'm about to add a new Windows 2016 Standard server to an existing Windows 2003 server domain.  Prior to making this change, is there a suggested AD replication schedule that should be used?  All of my AD servers have always used once per hour for the schedule within AD Sites and Services and the transport type is a mixture of IP and RPC. Thanks for any input.

Ken Sheppard asked 12/12/2018 12:52
Todd Richards


I'm doing a conversion for a client from an old server running Windows 2012 R2 to a new server running Windows 2016 Essentials using this guide .  I'm on "Step 8 - Check Active Directory Health and Replication", and I've completed the following: repadmin /replsummary - OK repadmin /showrepl - OK DCDIAG /test:DNS /DNSALL /e /v - OK DCDIAG /test:RegisterInDNS /DNSDomain: .local - OK However, when I type "net share" on my 2016 Essentials machine, I am not getting a SYSVOL or NETLOGON folder.  ...

Todd Richards asked 12/11/2018 14:48
Ken Sheppard

Uninstall Exchange 2010 From Network Following Office365 Cutover

I need to uninstall Exchange 2010 from our network/domain.  Setup is a very old Exchange 2010 RTM (not SP1) install on a single server with a single mailbox DB and single PF DB.  All Exchange 2010 roles are on the same server.  I have already successfully migrated all mailboxes and PFs to Office365 using a cutover migration.  I know that I cannot simply use Add/Remove in the Windows Control Panel to remove Exchange 2010.  I've read quite a few articles on the process but they all appear to relate to larger environments with multiple mailbox DBs and OABs ...

Ken Sheppard asked 12/06/2018 16:32
Paul Kubitscheck

WSE2016 not starting Health/Notification/Management service automatically when awaked from sleep mode

I am using WSE2016 and LightsOut as a replacement of an older WHS configuration. LightsOut brings WES into sleep mode when no client connections exists to save energy. Unfortunately, the WSE did not start the Health/Notification/Management service automatically after awaked again. What can I do to fix this? 

Paul Kubitscheck asked 12/09/2018 10:05
William Goubert

SBS 2008 single server migration to Server 2016 Standard and SQL Standard

I noted another question regarding migration from SBS 2008 to 2016 with additional 2008 Servers - In our case we have a single server - no SharePoint or Exchange running just SQL 2005. We're planning to install ESXi host with 2 VMs - Server 2016 Standard as DC and Server 2016 Standard running SQL Stndrd 2017. Third party software vender will be migrating SQL application after 2016 Servers are in place. In this scenario (or any) once the DC Roles are started and transferred to Server 2016 the vendor must complete their SQL app install and migration with ...

William Goubert asked 12/05/2018 21:11
Shawn Lemay

Firewall policy changes in 2016?

In the past year, we've done several SBS upgrades to 2016 Essentials or 2016 Full w/Essentials Role installed (all of these moved Exchange to 365). Something I can't explain and can't find any documentation on, however, is that when we bring online NEW Windows 10 workstations into the domain, we cannot PING them or see file-sharing services. Yet... all the migrated Windows 10 computers are fine (ping/file sharing). I can't find anything on this anywhere and am wondering if the policies between 2008/2011 changed and are the rules no longer being added? If so - does anyone ...

Shawn Lemay asked 11/29/2018 19:29
Gary  Manigian

SBS2011 migration problem

My plan is to migrate SBS2011 (server 1) including Exchange to a new server running Server Std 2016 (server 2) and Exchange 2016, then rebuild the old server (server 1) with Server Std 2016 as the DC and a SQL database. The new server (server 2) would then be the file server and Exchange server. There are only 20 total users. I ran into a brick wall trying to update Exchange to the appropriate version. Response is: stopping services, rolling back updates, premature ending. I did do all Windows updates. Event log error: MSSQL$SBSMONITORING, dbo.EventLog.PK_EventLog, Primary ...

Gary Manigian asked 11/29/2018 20:28
Jim Millot

Migrating FRS to DFSR

I found server-essentials after I had basically migrated most of an SBS 2008 server to Windows Server 2016. I am ready to uninstall Exchange at this point, but realized I had not performed the FRS to DFSR migration as is detailed in the Migration Guide. I will only have the one Win2K16 Server (DC) at the end of this as this is a small company. My question is, do I really need to migrate FRS to DFSR before retiring the SBS 2008 Server or will the Win2K16 Server run just fine using FRS? Thanks in ...

Jim Millot asked 11/29/2018 15:56
Mike Fox

Warning at move Arbitration Mailbox step

Hi, I'm running a SBS 2011 exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 migration and receive the following warning when preparing to select a system mailbox move; The object domain.local\Microsoft Exchange System Objects/Mailbox {ABA13AF6-DCDA-4F53-9EDF-F19C14385688} has been corrupted or isn't compatible with Microsoft support requirements and is in an inconsistent state. I'm pretty sure that this is the system Mailbox for the server 2003 which was probably migrated previously to SBS 2011, however, although I've read some posts which seem to suggest just delete it using ADSIdit - I want to be sure that I don't delete something which is actually ...

Mike Fox asked 11/22/2018 20:08
Bert Berrevoets

migrating SBS2011 to 365

Hello, Is it possible to migrate an sbs2011 to exhange365 if the domain is controlled by because i my self has no static ip-address. Kind regards, Bert Berrevoets.

Bert Berrevoets asked 11/30/2018 10:26
Oliver Römer

BPA - errors remote desktop

Hi,   after running the BPA I am getting under the RD category the following errors. 1- DNS: DNS servers on NIC should include the loopback address, but not as the first entry. My adapter (NIC 1)settings are: Preferred DNS server: (my WSE 2012 IP address) Auxiliary DNS server: NIC2 is disabled 2 - RDS: The RD Gateway server must have at least one RD CAP enabled -> I checked this and it seems to be configured. 3 - RDS: The RD Gateway server must be able to contact Active Directory ...

Oliver Römer asked 11/28/2018 21:29
Oliver Römer

Server 2016 creates VPN connection automatically on win10 clients

Hi! our new server 2016 with essential experience creates on connected windows 10 clients automatically a vpn connection. Is the there a way to disable this and where can I potentially modify this? Thank you, Oliver

Oliver Römer asked 11/28/2018 21:18
Neal Jones

Server 2016 Essentials - Cannot join Azure Active Directory or Office 365

Does not seem uncommon? I have rebooted, ensured connectivity etc as per the documents online I think the problem is with my tenant though I can sign in through Powershell I can join the domain to a different tenant just not the one I need (office 365 based setup).

Neal Jones asked 05/03/2018 01:39
Colin Marshall

After OS move to SSD the server folders are now stranded in StorageSpace and not seen by WSE-2016.

I am in the process of setting up an evaluation copy of WSE-2016 to replace my WHS version 1. After moving the OS from the HDD to SSD the OS no longer sees the Server Folders that I had moved to Storage Space. It is looking on F: DATA and not on H: Storage Space. Before I added SSD I seem to recollect that Storage Space had the drive letter F:  Is there a setting, or a process to correct this behaviour? If not, my work-arounds will be - 1. Endeavour to get Storage Space back to F: but this may go badly ...

Colin Marshall asked 11/22/2018 03:57
Art Saffran

Computers do not appear on new 2016 server after migration

Migrating Server 2012 to Server 2016 Essentials and on the Dashboard/Devices I see the new server and an item titled Archived computer backups (50). I added one test computer that was connected to the old server using the new connector software but this computer still appears on the Archived computer backups list. The test computer runs Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Thanks. --Art

Art Saffran asked 09/02/2018 02:53
Carsten Jansen

Disable Folder Redirection for specific Users - Windows Server Essentials

Is there a quick and reliable way to disable the Folder Redirection for specific Users while the WSE Group Policy Folder Redirection is active and to keep the Files local for Users where the Files have already been redirected? We want to disable the Redirection for specific Users in a branch office which otherwise sync the data via VPN which is incredibly slow.

Carsten Jansen asked 11/17/2018 08:33
Mike Lloyd-Jones

SBS 2011 to O365 - possible ?

Hi Is it possible to move a small business from SBS 2011 to O365 without the need for an on-prem server at all? They use Exchange, file & print services and RWW. They don't currently use Sharepoint. They also have a second member server running Sage accounts and a bespoke LOB application (but I guess this could move to an Azure VM or something?) They are a small enough business not to have to worry about migration, but to be able to start from scratch. Thanks

Mike Lloyd-Jones asked 11/19/2018 11:01
Michael Barnes

Setting up Let's encrypt after using

We set up a new 2016 standard server with essentials role a few months back and set up anywhere access using the free domain which has worked fine for us on previous windows versions however it seems that on server 2016 standard there's a common problem which appears to be with the certificates which means that the server has to be restarted every 24 hours otherwise the anywhere access stops working. My research into this so far seems to indicated that the only solution is to not use I've had a brief look at your ...

Michael Barnes asked 11/21/2018 15:13
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
Wolfram Billig

Missing Rights ? - No "Properties" for MyComputer under DCOMCNFG

Hi, following the tutorial to install a Hyper-V Core Server 2012/2016  ( Install and configure RSAT on Windows 10 and make it a management workstation that connects to a Hyper-V 2016 core server in a workgroup ) I got a problem when trying to edit the RSAT via DCOMCNFG as Admin: there are no "Properties" under MyComputer selectable. So i can't set the anonymous login as suggested (Steps 4-6). Any ideas how to fix ? RSAT Client is running Win10 64 Pro 1809 in a Workgroup, tried also with Client in in AD - but same situation. EventMgr ...

Wolfram Billig asked 11/16/2018 12:11
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
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) Migrate SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2016 Essentials A secondary part is moving Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 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 and/or dedicating an entire three ...

Brent Regnart asked 01/25/2018 06:38
Alan Bateman

Domain Joined Computer does not appear in Server Essentials Dashboard

I am running Windows Server 2012 R2 with Essentials Experience feature. I wish to give one user remote access to her own computer via the RemoteWebAccess website. She can login to the website but no computer show up for her to login to. She is enabled to be able to do this in the essentials dashboard and she is enabled for RWA and VPN . The problem appears to be I cannot select her individual computer from Essentials Dashboard's list of computers because her computer is not in the list.  Her computer is not in Essentials device list ...

Alan Bateman asked 11/09/2018 11:54
Dick Summers

SBS 2011 to Win2016/Exch2016 System State Backup

I'm doing a migration from SBS 2011 to Win2016 and Exchange 2016.  I had to do the Exchange migration first, all mailboxes are on the Exchange 2016 server. As part of that process, I elevated the domain/forest level to 2008 R2 after running a System State backup, and dcdiag and repadmin, all successfully.  I'm ready to resume the migration step from the SBS 2011 server, I have joined the new server to the domain.  1) Do I need to do the System State backup again prior to promoting the Win2016 server to domain controller?  It now ...

Dick Summers asked 11/05/2018 23:02
Beverly Stevenson

Slow Shared Drive Propagation

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard that has been in service for about 3 years; all updates installed are installed.  All domain users are Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and connected to the network with CAT5 ethernet.  In the last week, some users started experiencing slow browsing when saving to shared folders on the server.  If the user opens a file from the shared folders, it is normal access speed.  The slowness exists when the user wants to save a file and browses to a shared folder, it takes 25-30 seconds for the folder list to propagate.  Once ...

Beverly Stevenson asked 10/25/2018 14:54
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