Ports to open on a firewall for SBS 2003 communication

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Everytime I setup a Microsoft 2003 Small Business Server or troubleshoot connectivity problems to the SBS server I have to lookup the ports that are required to pass through a firewall for proper communication to occur with the various SBS components.  Since I’m tired of Googling for them, I’ve decided to post them here for […]

Howto: Extend the Grace Period for having two SBS Servers in the Same Domain

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When migrating your Windows Small Business Server 2003 domain to a new machine, there is a seven day grace period where the two SBS servers can co-exist as members of the same domain. This is because the license agreement for SBS enforces a limitation that permits the presence of only one Windows SBS server in […]

SBS 2003 and Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-006

by File in: SBS, security

I was scanning through Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-006 and saw the Aggregate Severity Rating was ‘Important’ for all versions of Windows XP and Windows 2003. Because no critical ratings were listed, I felt secure in waiting a day or two before applying this patch. I tend to wait for others to find patch problems before […]

Exchange 2003 Event 2000: “Verify that the Microsoft Exchange MTA service has started. Consecutive ma-open calls are failing with error 3051”

by File in: exchange, SBS

One of the smaller networks I manage consists of a handful of users who connect to a SBS 2003 server. Their server keeps reporting the following in the Windows Application Log: Event: 2000 Source: MSExchangeIS Mailbox “Verify that the Microsoft Exchange MTA service has started. Consecutive ma-open calls are failing with error 3051” This error […]

Howto: speed up Windows Server / SBS 2003 shutdown time

by File in: exchange, howto, registry, SBS, Windows

Sometimes Windows servers take forever to shutdown. I’ve known several people who’ve caused problems for themself by geting impatient and shutting off the server via the power button, rather than waiting for a graceful shutdown. According to KB827610, the culprit is the WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry key, which by default waits up to 10 minutes to before […]

Howto: Block Windows 2003 SP2 from Automatic Updates

by File in: deployment, microsoft update, patches, SBS, windows update, wsus

Starting June 12, 2007, Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will be automatically installed on Windows 2003 servers that have Automatic Update (AU) setup to download and install critical updates without administrator approval.  This service pack is also installed when visiting Microsoft Update or Windows Update and automatically updating your system. A toolkit is available […]

Windows 2003 SP2 problems on Windows 2003 SBS servers

by File in: best practices, patches, SBS, troubleshooting, upgrade, Windows

When new service packs are released by Microsoft, I tend to wait a few weeks before installing them on my systems. Why? I’ve been burned before by ‘updates’ that make systems unstable, unusable, or even unbootable. It’s awful nice of Microsoft to finally release a KB article describing the problems Windows 2003 SP2 can cause […]