# Friday, January 31, 2014
When winning wizard to renew cert; following error:

"Windows sbs 2011 standard domain purchase and configuration wizard has stopped working"

For 2008:

CD system drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\Bin

For 2011:

CD system drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\Bin


stsadm -o provisionservice -action stop -servicetype spwebservice -servicename ""
stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype spwebservice -servicename ""
psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force


Sharepoint (WSS3) needs reconfig after update/hotfix.

sbs | sbs | Sharepoint
Friday, January 31, 2014 2:30:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |  Trackback
# Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Event ID 70

Check whether databases need upgrading:

Get-SPServer | Where{ $_.NeedsUpgrade –eq $TRUE}

Then perform upgrade:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN

PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures




Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:19:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |  Trackback
# Tuesday, November 04, 2008

SBS (and WHS?) if not dcpromo'd will, after seven days, shut down every hour.  The process sbscrexe.exe is created by the SBCore service.  If terminated it will immediately restart and it cannot be stopped.  The service SBCore cannot be set to "disabled".

There are two (three?) ways to work around this.  All will likely violate the MS EULA.

• Use Process Explorer to 'suspend' sbscrexe.exe
• Give Administrators permissions to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SBCore (and child nodes) and change the 'Start' DWORD from 2 to 4
• Deny the Everyone group all access to C:\WINDOWS\system32\sbscrexe.exe
• In Process Explorer kill sbscrexe.exe - it shouldn't restart
• services.msc should now show SBS Core Services as disabled

• An alternative approach is to disable the 'SBS Core Services' service in a particular hardware profile (ie can't do a outright disable) assuming there is only one hardware profile.

• Finally, repeated kills of the sbscrexe.exe process might completely kill it for a single session.

Edit - having an ntbackup process running in the background seems to stop sbcore from shutting down.


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Tuesday, November 04, 2008 7:06:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |  Trackback
# Thursday, August 21, 2008

"The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service terminated with service-specific error 0 (0x0)."

AVG AntiVirus had expired which caused the Exchange AV module to fail:

"Error code -2147467259 returned from virus scanner initialization routine. Virus scanner was not loaded. " (Event ID 9581)


"Error 0x80004005 starting the Microsoft Exchange Information Store.

Failed to init VSERVER. " (Event ID 9564)


Set "HKLM\system\Currentcontrolset\services\MsexchangeIS\Virusscan" to "0" and start service.  Renew AV subscription


Thursday, August 21, 2008 11:03:12 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  |  Trackback
# Saturday, February 23, 2008

After DS restore WSUS, SQL Reporting Services and SSEE failed to start.

For SSEE first extract ssee_10.msi from WSUSSetup*.msi\wYukon and then run the following command:

msiexec /i ssee_10.msi CALLERID=OCSetup.exe REINSTALL=ALL RINSTALLMODE=omus /qn REBOOT=ReallySupress /l*v c:\ssee_repair.log

Update Services (WSUS) wouldn't reinstall complaining about a lack of .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 2.0 wouldn't reinstall due to "... incompatible with a previously installed one" (ie NET2.0 SP1).  Solution is to change/repair from add/remove programs and reboot.

Reporting services is fixed by this, too.

Finally, for any EVENT IDs 1309s to run %WINDOWS%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\V2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -i

sql | sbs | wsus
Saturday, February 23, 2008 6:55:57 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |  Trackback
# Thursday, May 17, 2007

Can't install Service Pack (or some/all other updates) directly, from Windows Update or by WSUS.  See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822798 for solutions.

This worked for me:

create batch file (catroot2.cmd)

net stop cryptsvc
ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 oldcatroot2
net start cryptsvc
cd %systemroot%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}
del /Q tmp*.cat

Then delete all tmp*.cat files from %systemroot%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE} (or add to batch file, as above)

win | 2003 | sbs | xp | wsus
Thursday, May 17, 2007 3:32:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |  Trackback
# Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Exchange Server Database = C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\
Exchange MTA files = C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mtadata
Exchange Message tracking log files = C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\<servername>.log
Exchange SMTP Mailroot = C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mailroot
Exchange working files = C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mdbdata
Site Replication = C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\srsdata  & C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Conndata

(Note that some of these folders may have been moved to an alternative volume for performance purposes)

IIS System Files = C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv
IIS Compression Folder = C:\WINDOWS\IIS Temporary Compressed Files

Active Directory database files = C:\WINDOWS\NTDS
NTFRS Database Files = C:\WINDOWS\ntfrs

Temporary SharePoint space = C:\windows\temp\Frontpagetempdir

Removable Storage Database (used by SBS Backup) = C:\Windows\System32\ntmsdata
SBS POP3 connector Failed Mail = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Networking\POP3\Failed Mail
SBS POP3 connector Incoming Mail = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Networking\POP3\Incoming Mail
Windows Update Store = C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore

DHCP Database Store = C:\WINDOWS\system32\dhcp
WINS Database Store = C:\WINDOWS\system32\wins

License Logging = C:\WINDOWS\system32\lls\


Desktop Folder Exclusions

These folders need to be excluded in the desktops and notebooks clients.

Windows Update Store = C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006 12:30:33 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |  Trackback
# Friday, December 01, 2006

Trying to run the Group Policy Results Wizard in SBS 2003 from the server to a remote PC gives the following error message:

Group Policy Error
Failed to connect to <computername> due to the error listed
below. Ensure that the Windows Management
Instrumentation (WMI) service is enabled on the
target computer, and consult the event log of the
target computer for further details.
Details: the RPC server is unavailable.

Needless to say, WMI and RPC server are both running on the target computer and the event log contains no entries.

The Microsoft solution is to enable "Allow Remote Administration Exceptions" in the Small Business Server Windows Firewall GPO (Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Network | Network
Connections | Windows Firewall | Domain Profile).

Naturally this doesn't help any.  A helpful post by DonL on Microsoft's public SBS newsgroup gives the fix:

The RPC port 135 is being blocked - by the Microsoft Firewall Client for ISA
2004. To unblock, do the following:

Go to ISA Server Management
Browse to "Firewall Policy"
Select "Edit System Policy"
Browse to "Active Directory" under "Authentication Services"
Uncheck the box titled "Enforce strict RPC compliance"
Click OK
Apply the new settings



Friday, December 01, 2006 6:36:50 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |  Trackback