Windows Server Essentials–Client Backup Monitoring

powershell2xa4Just a quick post to say i have posted a script that works with GFIs RMM platform to monitor Client Backups for Windows Server Essentials.

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Windows Server Essentials – Configuration Troubleshooter

powershell2xa4I had a support case this week where it became apparent to me that there is no quick and easy way to test Essentials Servers for Configuration errors. Manually working through IIS or Certificates is prone to human error, as was proved to me, by me missing certain key things.

Uncharacteristically i decided to write a PowerShell script to save me from this sort of embarrassment in the future, and make me look really good next time i need to troubleshoot an Essentials Server.

You can download the tool from here, and am very interested to hear how it works for you.

If you have already downloaded it, i have updated the tool so you should download it again!

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Quick Fix: SBS & Essentials OU Structure

Logo1Are you new to managing an OS other than Small Business Server?

If so you may be forgiven for thinking that that ‘MyBusiness’ OU Structure present in SBS for as long as i have worked with it, is the norm for an Active Directory domain. Indeed if you go into Group Policy Management and find those OUs missing, you might think… er.. ‘this is broken!’

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Updates for Colorado based OS– Home Server 2011 & SBS Essentials

sbse-conA busy week for Updates for the Colorado product line, which is made up of SBS 2011 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011 and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

KBs 2885313, 314 and 315 respectively fix issues around IE 11 and 404 Directory not found issues.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885313 – SBS 2011 Essentials

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885314 – Windows Home Server 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885315 – Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

Essentials 2012 R2 – The Role & Licensing

explodinghead2In conversation with some Microsoft folks recently we found out about some, what ill call, small print, in the EULA of Essentials and Essentials R2.

If you had previously purchased Server 2012 Standard, and exercised down grade rights to install a copy of Essentials, you may be surprised to learn that ‘to the letter of the law’ you would therefore be required to purchase Server CALs and more expensively RDS CALs if you intended to use the RWA feature to remote access client computers.

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Unravelling the mystery of Client DNS with Essentials family Servers

Logo1Probably the best title for a blog post ever right? Having seen and read about a lot of people struggling with DNS resolution problems with their clients on Essentials (2011/2012) networks, and also some dubious advice being given out  for how to ‘resolve’ these problems i thought i would try and get into some deep level explanation of how, and why Essentials does what it does.

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials : After Transmog SILSVC Error

TransmogBack in November, a chap in the Forum had dipped his toe into the world of Transmogging, and encountered an error that was being thrown up in the logs after the process had completed.

The SILSVC should be started automatically but it is stopped.

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