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Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – Part 6 configuring “Move server storage (data) to other partition(s)”

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

When you finished part 5 “Add a trusted certificate” and returned to the SBS Console you now choose for the “Backup and Server Storage” part. You find this option in the header options of the SBS Console. Then you choose for the “Server Storage” tab.

In the upper left panel you see your disk partitions. In the bottom left panel you see witch storage data options are on that specific partition. In the right panel you see the different tasks you can perform. In this case we can move the different storage data options: Exchange Server, SharePoint Foundation, Users’ Shared, Users’ Redirected Documents and Windows Update Repository Data. Because the procedure and wizard is the same for all options I will only show the Exchange Server option.
So we choose for “Move Exchange Server Data”

The wizard starts with some information what we are going to do.

When you do not have configured Windows server backup you get this warning.

Here we choose the partition where we would like to move the data to.

Depending on the size of the storage and disk / server performance this could take a while.

Moving data is successful finished. You see a warning that if you use a third party backup application you must ensure to include the new location in your backup job.

Please note that this wizard only moves the Exchange database files. So corresponding log files are not moved to the other partition. If you would like to move these files as well and then open Exchange Management Console.

Go to Organization Configuration, Mailbox and on the tab Database Management right click the Mailbox Database you would like to change and choose Move Database Path…

Change the Log folder path to the other partition and or other location then choose Move

Warning because the database will be temporarily dismounted so connected user will lose their connection for a little time.

The log folder path had been changed successful.
Please note that you have to repeat this action for all mailbox (public folder) databases.

Go back to Part 5 configuring “Add a trusted certificate”
Continue with Part 7 configuring “Configure Server Backup”

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 at January 18th, 2011. 26 Comments.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – Part 5 configuring “Add a trusted certificate”

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

When you finished part 4 configuring “Configure a Smart Host for internet e-mail” and returned to the SBS Console you now choose “Add a trusted certificate” to start the wizard.

By default the SBS server is installed with a self-signed certificate. We are now going to prepare an installation of a trusted certificate from a service provider. The reason you would install a trusted certificate is you don’t have to install the self-signed certificate on all devices that are used for remote connections, owa, activesync, outlook anywhere, remote web workplace, etc.

The wizard start with given you information what you are going to do.

If you already have a certificate and installed it on this server than choose for “I want to use a certificate that is already installed on the server”. We are going to choose for “I want to buy a certificate from a certificate provider” because we don’t have a certificate yet.

You now have to enter some information, all fields are required. Most fields will be entered already and taken from information supplied earlier. Make sure you enter correct information otherwise you may have to buy a new certificate.

This is the certificate request information. You need this information to buy a certificate from a service provider. So now go to the certificate service provider of your choice and order the certificate.

I would advise to buy a certificate from a well-known provider as, VeriSign, digicert, godaddy, thawte, … Another thing I would advise is to buy a multi name, UCC, SAN certificate so you can add multiple names to the certificate. The default name I would use is the name given in part 3 configuring “Setup your internet address” remote.domainname.extension and beside that you should also put autodiscover.domainname.extension and servername.domainname.local on the certificate. If you have places left for some names you would like to use, think about another name for companyweb or if you use a specific name for the send connector or something else.

So if your certificate service provider is really fast and you have got your certificate than choose “I have a certificate from my provider.” to continue directly. If your provider needs some time, you can choose “My certificate provider needs more time to process the request” If you choose this option the wizard will finish for now. At the time you got the certificate from your provider you just start the wizard again and the wizard will continue here.

Depending how your certificate provider delivers your certificate you have to paste the receive code or select the received file.

Go back to Part 4 configuring “Configure a Smart Host for internet e-mail”
Continue with Part 6 “Move server storage (data) to other partition(s)”

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 at January 15th, 2011. 29 Comments.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – Part 4 configuring “Configure a Smart Host for internet e-mail”

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

When you finished part 3 “Setup your internet address” and returned to the SBS Console you now choose Configure a Smart Host for internet e-mail” to start the wizard.

Note: Before we start this wizard has only to be completed if you would like or need to configure a Smart host to send you mail through if you use DNS to send mail through you can skip this step.

So this is a really short wizard, started with some information about what we are going to configure.

We now enter the fully qualified domain name (fqdn) or ip address of the smart host we would like or need to use. You should configure a smart host if your isp blocks port 25 on their network.

If your smart host requires authentication than enter the user name and password.

You now have successful configured a smart host for outgoing mail.

Go back to part 3 “Setup your internet address”
Continue with Part 5 configuring “Add a trusted certificate”

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 at January 14th, 2011. 48 Comments.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – part 3 configuring “Setup your internet address” wizard

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

When you finished part 2 “Connect to the Internet” and returned to the SBS Console you now choose “Setup your internet address” to start the wizard.

With this wizard we are going to setup your default domain name for use with the SBS server. This domain name will be setup for use as your e-mail address but also for remote web access (web workplace, outlook web access, etc).

If you do not have any domain name registered you can purchase a domain name via this wizard by choosing the option “I want to purchase a new domain name”. I never used this option because most company’s already own one or more domain names. I heard the options are limited only for a few top level domain domains like .com, .net, etc.

So we choose “I already have a domain name that I want to use.”

You can choose to let the server manage your domain name, only this is preserved for a couple of domain name providers. If you would like to use this option you have to move your domain name to one of these providers.
In this case I will choose for “I want to manage the domain name myself.” You have to configure your DNS records (if needed) manually.

Now we have to fill in our domain name with extension. By default SBS use remote.domainname.extension for remote access. If you would change the remote domain prefix to something different choose “Advanced settings”. Because we have chosen to manually configure DNS records, make sure that the chosen domain name has a record pointing to your server.

The wizard is now configuring you server for remote web access and adding the domain name to your Exchange server.

You have successfully configured your server to use domainname.extension.
The warning you see is because the wizard cannot configure the router for remote access. This is no problem but you have to setup your router to accept the used ports manually.

Go back to part 2 “Connect to the Internet”
Continue with Part 4 configuring “Configure a Smart Host for internet e-mail” wizard

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 at January 12th, 2011. 164 Comments.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – part 2 configuring “Connect to the internet” wizard

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

When you finished installation as in part 1 you choose “Start using the server” or when you closed this window you can start the Windows SBS console icon on the desktop.

You will now see the main screen of your Windows Small Business Server Console, this is the central place where you can control, configure, monitor, etc. most tasks for your SBS environment.

First I will go to some basic configuration wizards, starting with the Connect to the Internet wizard.

This wizard will check your network configuration and if there is an internet connection available. This wizard will also configure a default DHCP scope and the DNS server to use root hints.

When you continue it will start a network scan to automatically detect your network settings and existing router.

When another device on your network had enabled a DHCP server you will get this error. You have to disable or disconnect the other DHCP server to continue the wizard.

When everything is right connected you will get this screen. If these settings are not right you can change them manually.

When no router could be detected you will receive this message.

Now it will do a DNS query to www.microsoft.com through root hints. When query fails you will get a message to manually configure your router and run the Test again. You will have to run the Test once, if it still fails you get a option to continue without running the Test.

When everything runs fine you have successfully completed the Connect to the Internet Wizard.

Choose Finish and you will return to the SBS Console. Place a check mark behind the connect to the internet option so you know you have finished the command.

Go back to Part 1 the installation process
Continue with Part 3 configuring “Setup your internet address” wizard

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 at January 10th, 2011. 35 Comments.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – part 1 the installation

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

Since Windows Small Business Server 2011 is rtm’d for a couple of weeks. I would like to take a look at the installation process and after that the typical SBS configuration wizards. Because all of this will be a very long post I will cut it in several parts.

Before you even start with the installation make sure your hardware meets the system requirements.
The most important:

Processor: Quad core 2 GHz 64-bit (x64) or faster 1 socket (4 sockets maximum)
Physical memory (RAM): 8 GB, 10 GB recommended (32 GB maximum)
Storage capacity: Installation partition 120 GB

All requirements and additional information can be found here: release documentation

Important note: If you have less than 4 GB or your system partition is smaller than 80 GB the installation cannot be continued at a later point and you will have to start over again.

If your hardware meets the requirements let’s put in the dvd or mount the iso file if you install on a virtual machine.

Now the first screen appears, choose your, language, time and currency and the keyboard settings you would like to use.

Choose Install now to continue the installation

You have to accept the license terms to continue

I got this window installing SBS 2011 on a Virtual Machine, but I have no clue why it appears because there is not upgrade possibility. So the only logical choice is to choose custom.

So now we have to choose the partition to install SBS 2011. Keep in mind that if you choose a partition smaller than 80 GB the installation will further on come to a point you cannot continue. If your partition is between 80 and 120 GB you will receive a warning, but you can continue.

If you see no partitions at all you can choose load driver to load the right 3rd party driver for your storage controller.

This is the part where the Windows (SBS 2011 is build on Windows 2008 R2) installation takes place.
During installation the server has to restart a couple of times, this all goes automatically, so just wait.

When the installation part is finished this screen will appear. This is screen is new compared to SBS 2008. You will also get this screen so no more completely starting over if you are doing a migration and the usb key answer file is not detected.

For now we are going to do a Clean Install. Maybe later I will spend some time on the migration option, for now I can only point you to this Microsoft technet article.

This is the point where you will receive an error if you have less than 4GB physical memory or you installation partition is smaller than 80 GB. I have written about this here.

Now my partition is between the 80 and 120 GB and I can acknowledge the warning and continue.

Here you can check the date, time and time zone settings.
If you are installing SBS 2011 as a Hyper-V virtual machine and time synchronization with the parent is enabled these settings will have to match otherwise the installation will end up with errors. Read more about this over here.

Manually configure or let the setup automatically configure your network settings.

If you choose to get the most recent installation updates (recommended) option this will make the installation time seriously longer. It is no problem to install updates after installation is finished.

These fields are all optional, but are used at some places in your SBS 2011 installation. You can edit or fill in the information later on after installation.

Now we give the server and domain a name. Please take a moment to think about what you choose here because it cannot be changed after installation finished.

Since Windows 2008 the build-in Administrator account will be disabled. The account you create here will be your Administrator account to control you SBS 2011 server, so make sure you choose a username and password you can remember.

This overview is the last chance to go back and change some setting after you click next it isn’t possible anymore.

This is the SBS 2011 installation part and would take depending on your hardware more than 30 minutes. The server will restart at least one time during installation.

After installation has finished and you logon for the first time you will receive this window “Succesful installation”.

Continue with Part 2 configuring “Connect to the internet” wizard

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 at January 8th, 2011. 21 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.

SBS 2008 or SBS 2011 installation error “The User Role Cannot be found. Select a different User Role” on Hyper-V

When installing SBS 2008 or SBS 2011 in Hyper-V you get the error “The User Role Cannot be found. Select a different User Role” during installation.

Solution: Problem is caused by different time zone settings. If Hyper-V has enabled time synchronization, this is the default settings, the time zone of the host and the guest has to be the same. If not this error will occur and only solution is to start over and reinstall SBS.

Recommendation is to turn off time syncronization for the SBS Hyper-V.
Start Hyper-V manager, select your SBS server and choose settings.
At the management part choose Intergration Services.

Then uncheck Time synchronization.

More information can be found here: KB 2097035

Update: error also occurs with SBS 2011.

Posted in Blog, Hyper-V, SBS 2008, SBS 2011 at October 8th, 2010. 1 Comment.

Upgrading Exchange 2010 RTM to Exchange 2010 SP1

When upgrading your Exchange 2010 RTM server to Exchange 2010 SP1 you need to install a set of pre-required hotfixes. These hotfixes depent on with Operating System you run and witch Exchange roles you have installed on the server.

When you start the Exchange 2010 SP1 setup, you first can choose Exchange language option for upgrade. If you run multiple servers you can download the language bundle file from microsoft. So you can point to this file every installation and don’t have to download it multiple times.

After you choose the language option you can choose Install Microsoft Exchange Server upgrade. This starts a wizard and after the introduction and license agreement, the readiness checks are performed. This is where setup tells you witch pre-requirements are needed.

In my case all servers are running windows server 2008 R2. I have 2 load balanced Client Access / Hub Transport servers and 2 Mailbox servers configured with a DAG.

For the Client Access role the following updates are needed: KB 982867, 979744, 983440 and 977020.

For the Hub Transport and the Mailbox role only the Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack is needed.

In my case KB 979099 was already installed by windows updates so wasn’t needed.

When upgrading keep the following Exchange roles upgrade order in mind:
Client Access server
Hub Transport server
Unified Messaging server
Mailbox server

More information about upgrading, pre-requirements and known issues can be found:
by the Exchange team: Exchange 2010 SP1 FAQ and Known Issues
by Microsoft Technet: Upgrade from Exchange 2010 RTM to Exchange 2010 SP1

Posted in Blog, Exchange 2010 at September 15th, 2010. No Comments.
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