Migrate Small Business Server 2003 to Small Business Server 2011 guide

For all you early adopters of Windows small business server 2011 Microsoft released there migration guide from small business server 2003 to small business server 2011.

You can find the guide over here: technet.microsoft.com

If you are coming from small business server 2008 you have to wait a little longer because this guide isn’t released yet.

Posted in Blog, SBS 2011 at December 29th, 2010. No Comments.

Happy Holidays

Time to review the year and of course look forward to next year. Had to say because of several reasons I was stuck for some time on old versions. Started the year by building up the development of knowledge by using twitter more intensive. Reading information and building some test environments to learn what’s new. During the year started to visit some forums and share knowledge by answering questions from other people, what brought me to the idea of starting this blog. First of all to save some common issues I ran into for myself as a kind of knowledge base. Later on when more visitors were coming to share my knowledge and help others.

Because the test environments are built on spare hardware, these are destroyed when hardware is needed for customer activities. So this makes the wish to create a permanent test environment at home. This is one of the plans for the coming period, what hopefully will lead to create more useful information to share with others and maybe some more interaction with other people.

For now rest me to wish everybody happy holidays!

Posted in Blog at December 24th, 2010. No Comments.

Remove http redirect for exchange virtual directories, public, exchange, exadmin and exchweb error

When accidentally set a http redirect for your OWA on your Exchange 2007 / 2010 and SBS 2008 via IIS7 and inherited to all virtual sub directories and then try to remove it for the virtual directories public, exchange, exadmin and exchweb you get an error like this one:

HTTP Redirect:
There was an error while performing this operation.
Filename: \\?BackOfficeStorage\yourdomain.extension\Public Folders\web.config
Error: Cannot write configuration file

Solution: This error is generated because these virtual directories don’t have a physical path.
You can solve this issue by opening a command prompt window. Change directory to Windows\system32\Inetsrv. Then run this command: appcmd set config “/” /section:httpredirect /enabled:false -commit:apphost. Change and for your specific environment.

More information about this topic and setting http redirect for owa can be found here: Simplify the Outlook Web App URL

Posted in Blog, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, SBS 2008 at December 21st, 2010. No Comments.

Installation of Windows Small Business Server 2011, minimal hardware requirements for installation, error during installation.

The installation of Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS2011) is a pretty straight forward process. Before starting the installation make sure your server or virtual machine met the minimal hardware requirements otherwise you may get an error like this one:

The SBS 2011 server must have at least 4 GB of memory. The installation partition must at least be 80 GB and recommended size is 120 GB. If the size is between 80 GB and 120 GB you get a warning but you can continue. If it does not met the criteria you cannot continue installing.

If you are installing SBS 2011 as a hyper-v guest, you can turn off the server and extend the virtual hard disk via hyper-v settings. Only after that you have to attach the vhd file on your host server via disk management and also extend the volume.

For more details about the installation process take a look at my multi part intallation and configuration article.

Posted in Blog, SBS 2011 at December 19th, 2010. 19 Comments.

SharePoint Services 3 Search event errors and update problems

I have written before here about this and mentioned to change the search account, but as now known this will create problems installing updates like SharePoint 3 Service Pack 2.

So changing the accounts is no solution because it creates new problems. Additional information about this problem is found here.

Browsing above problem I found another possible sollution for solving the Event ID:
2436 Windows SharePoint Services 3 Search

The start address cannot be crawled.
Context: Application ‘Search inde file on the search server’, Catalog ‘Search’
Access is denied. Verify that either the Default Content Access Account has access to this repository, or add a crawl rule to crawl this repository. If the repository being crawled is a SharePoint repository, verify that the account you are using has “Full Read” permissions on the SharePoint Web Application being crawled. (0×80041205)

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry key:
3. Right-click MSV1_0, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.
4. Type BackConnectionHostNames, and then press ENTER.
5. Right-click BackConnectionHostNames, and then click Modify.
6. In the Value data box, type the URL mentioned in the above warning event, and then click OK. (With URL is meant only the remote.domain.com part.)
7. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the IIS service.

Source: the Official SBS Blog

Posted in Blog, SBS 2008 at December 15th, 2010. 1 Comment.

SBS 2003 logon error “The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively”

When you try to logon to your SBS 2003 server you get the following error:

“The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively”

Solution: This only happens when you try to logon locally to your Windows 2003 SBS server. This is caused when the account you try to logon with is member of the “Domain Power Users” or “Remote Operators” security group. For these groups by default there is a deny set on log on locally policy.

More information can be found here: kb841188

Posted in Blog at December 1st, 2010. 1 Comment.

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