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Customer Projects - Typical Tasks

Customer Projects - some typical tasks A selection of typical tasks undertaken for customers Management and IT Consultancy Deal with ineffective support provider on behalf of customer Re...

Expensive server crashes

We are aware of two businesses that lost their SBS servers due to hardware failure over the Christmas period. Both had to be re-installed. In neither case was there effective backup in place, and th...

MS Small Business Server

Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) Microsoft SBS is an affordable, all-in-one solution to reduce complexity and increase manageability of server technology in a small business environment. ...

USB3.0 for HP Proliant Gen8 server

Recently had something of a struggle trying to find a USB 3.0 card to work in an HP Proliant ML350p gen8 running Windows Server 2008R2. A solution that has worked uses a Startech 2 Port PCI Express...

.NET 3.51 update issues

Security update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2966828) causes a problem to .NET 3.5 on Server 2012R2. Two services fail to start: Net.Msmq List...

SBS 2011 Cannot Add Removable disk to Backup

If you have a Scheduled Windows Server Backup set up in SBS 2011 (or Server 2008R2) you may get the following error message when you try to add a new removable disk: "The filename, directory na...


Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) is a bundle of server software packaged for small business. The main items included are Windows Server and Exchange (email) Server, and optionally, in the Premi...

How to change your Internet Service Provider

How to change your Internet Service Provider At some point or other, you may find yourself needing to change your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The reasons may be many and include cost, perform...


In the words of our customers: Jim {Symington], of CBC, came recommended to us ........ After an initial (free-of-charge) consultation, it became apparent that our server had been poorly set up, wi...

Beware the SBS POP Connector

Microsoft provides in Small Business Server (both SBS 2003 and SBS 2008 versions) a POP Connector.  This enables the server to collect email from user POP mail accounts. The purpose of provid...


Technologies Key Technologies and Applications supported. Installation, configuration, support and trouble-shooting services are available. This list shows only more widely-used technologies...

SBS 2011 Migration Fails

Migration to Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) can fail at an early stage with the error message "Cannot Connect to the Domain".  A further message says "Verify tha...


Internet Message Access Profile is an internet email system.  In IMAP, email messages are stored on a server as well as locally.  The usual method of use is to work online with the server ...


Post Office Protocol (POP) is one of the most common forms of internet email.  Emails are received by a mail server on the internet and are stored until the user logs on and downloads them to t...

Sharepoint Event 5586 Error

An installation of SBS 2011 started showing the following Event error (and Company Web stopped working): Sharepoint Foundation Event 5586 Unknown SQL Exception 1346 occurred. Additional error in...