Renew your SSL Certificate : SBS 2011 Essentials

sbse-conIt has been a year since i first went through the process of installing a Third Party SSL certificate onto my SBS Essentials server.

I going through the renewal process, so i thought it might be an idea to document and blog it in case anyone else is also doing this.

SSL Certificates and renewals, are one of the topics i am asked about most frequently. Read more of this post

Quick Fix : DNS Forwarders SBS 2011 Essentials


Update – This post will also apply to Windows Server 2012 Essentials

I have seen a number of posts on the forums about people who are having trouble with DNS Resolution on SBS 2011 Essentials.

Sean Daniel posted an excellent explanation of the how’s and whys of Essentials and DNS, and why the Server has a Dynamic IP… <shudder>

Anyway, knowing why something does something, and not being happy with it doing it, are two separate things.

So, if you want to force your DNS Forwarders to be something other than your Default Gateway, or, to use something else instead, you can build a simple scheduled task to do this.

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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.


TitleRequired aka the Script-A-Tron

powershell2xa4Those of you following me on Twitter will no doubt have seen or ignored more than a few tweets from me recently about how much i like PowerShell.

Not least because it makes you look clever if you have a script open on one of your monitors.

I have said it before, Command line stuff just impresses people, its a scientific fact. Read more of this post

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.


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