Migrating DHCP from SBS to Windows Server 2016

30. June 2016 Technical 0
If you have a small network without much complexity (e.g. single subnet, a firewall, a few devices), you might consider having DHCP handled by the firewall rather than your new Windows Server–in that case, see Option 1 below. Otherwise, if would rather continue managing DHCP from Windows Server, then you can just follow the steps for Option 2. Microsoft is ...

Active Directory Migration from SBS 2008 or 2011 to Windows Server 2016

27. June 2016 Technical 13
There are three basic options for migrating Active Directory from Small Business Server–(1) you can move into Windows Server Essentials or (2) Windows Server Standard. Furthermore, (3) you can move to Windows Server Standard, and enable the Essentials Experience role afterward, which is what I typically recommend if you are interested in the Essentials features. The ...

GPO’s be trippin!

20. June 2016 Technical 0
As many of us are now aware, a recent June update (MS16-072) causes certain GPO’s to stop working. Short of removing the update, you can actually fix this yourself. But how to identify the problem policies? If you’ve ever removed the default security filtering (Authenticated users) from your GPO before applying a specific security group, ...

Migrating Companyweb from SBS to Office 365 SharePoint Online

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server comes with a watered-down implementation of SharePoint called Companyweb (or WSS). Whether you are migrating from a full-blown SharePoint environment on-premises or the basic Windows Server-included Windows SharePoint Services, you are going to have to come to terms with one major migration hurdle: Microsoft provides no real migration tools or best practices/methodology. That’s the ...

Email migration paths from SBS/Exchange to Office 365

09. June 2016 Technical 0
Whether you are a small business migrating from SBS Server 2003, 2008 or 2011, or a mid-sized business operating with Exchange On-premises (or even if your email system is hosted), there is probably a migration path available for you. Here are various methods you would have to choose from based solely on what version or type of source environment you’re ...

How to perform a Cutover Migration to Office 365

06. June 2016 Technical 19
My preferred method for migrating Email to Office 365 is to use the Remote Move (aka “Hybrid”) method. If you are coming from SBS 2011 or Exchange 2010, then definitely go that route. If you are coming from older versions such as SBS 2008 or Exchange 2007, note that it is indeed possible to add a free ...