Migrating to SBS 2011 Essentials eBook

sbse-conFor over a year i have been working with the idea of publishing a guide on Migrating to SBS 2011 Essentials.

It did start life as a blog series all that time ago but quickly became a huge project. I had shelved it for a while as I worked on a number of other posts, and projects, including a number of books, including the MS Press SBS Essentials title, and also a book on Windows Intune.

It has been nagging away at me that it wasn’t finished. I do hate leaving things half done.

Good news however, I finished it recently and decided rather than publish it as a blog post, to wrap it up as an eBook. One of the reasons is it is over 130 pages long.

This item is no longer available if you are interested in a copy please get in touch.


Video: Bare Metal Client Restore with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

WSSE_LogoThis video will go through the process of performing a bare metal restore of a client PC from a Colorado family Server.

imagesThe Colorado family consists of:

  • Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • Windows Home Server 2011
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

Hopefully you will find it useful.

Video: Restoring Files and Folders with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

WSSE_LogoThis short video will demonstrate how to restore files and folders using the Client Backup component of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

imagesBeing as that OS is part of the Colorado family, the process is exactly the same across Windows Home Server 2011, and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.


Video: Manual Client Backup Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

WSSE_LogoI have had Camtasia sitting on my desk for about 18 months, and never used it.

Speaking to a friend the other day inspired me to break it open and try it out.

sbse-conThe result is a somewhat amateur attempt at a ‘How To’ video, looking at how to manually backup your client PC’s.

I’ve used Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, however the process is identical when using SBS Essentials.


SBS 2011 Essentials Win 7 Pro Pack Disable Offline Files

sbsessAnother question from the forum prompted this post. The question related to disabling offline files for Desktop computers that never left the office after deploying the Win 7 Pro Pack. Read more of this post

SBS 2011 Essentials Password Policy

sbse-conA question in the forum came up about how to change the password policy, it seemed that the Dashboard option was greyed out.

As i mentioned in my post about Office 365, in order to allow Password Sync between Essentials and Of365, passwords for users needed to be updated to meet the requirements of the Office 365 service.

This has the unhappy side effect of also blocking you from lowering the requirements if you wish to do so in your environment when you are not using Office 365.

So what do we need to do? Well the answer is simple, remove the Office 365 module.

Firstly open the Dashboard and go to the Office 365 addin tab. You should see an option on the right hand side to Uninstall.


Follow this little wizard through and complete the process.




Next, move to an elevated command prompt, and enter the following. WUSA /UNINSTALL /KB:2569105


You will be asked if you really want to uninstall, and in this case you do.


You should then be prompted to reboot your server.

After a reboot you can then open the Dashboard, go to the Users tab, and click Set the Password Policy, and you should find your slide bar is now working.


The question in the forum related to changing the expiry age from 180 days (the Default) to a different value.

This cannot be done through the Dashboard, even with the Of365 module uninstalled.

You can do this using PowerShell (other ways as well, but i like PowerShell) You can launch the ‘Import System Modules’ shortcut from the QuickLaunch PowerShell icon.


Then run this command to set the expiry to 30 days.

Set-ADDefaultDomainPasswordPolicy –identity sbs.local –MaxPasswordAge “30.00:00:00”


Then run this command to confirm your setting.



If you then go and use the Dashboard to set a different selection for the Password Policy, then it will change the Max Password Age back to it’s default value of 180 days.

Installing a Second Server : SBS 2011 Essentials & Premium Add on Server Part 2

sbse-conIn my other post on this subject, i mused over the pro’s and con’s of Installing the SBS Essentials Connector on the PAO Server in an effort to get it to appear in the RWA, to allow remote users to connect to it.

You can relive that magical post right here.

Anyway, being a man, i do a lot of thinking while in the bathroom, and an idea hit me the other day which i tried out.
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