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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: 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 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 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: 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
Harrie Jonker

Outllok 2016 search not working on Terminal server 2016

Hello   I have an strange behavior on terminal server 2016 with outlook 2016 Direct search does not work, but when i do a search in the search creteria box  it wil find everything Harrie Jonker

Harrie Jonker asked 12/18/2018 19:40
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
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
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