EBS by S.R

September 16, 2008

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 RTM

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News Source The Essential Business Server Team Blog

Excerpt from the post on the EBS blog by general manager Eric Kidd:

I’d like to do two things right off the bat in this, my first, blog post here…

1) Announce that Windows Essential Business Server 2008 has reached RTM! (English now, more languages to come soon)

2) Extend my sincere gratitude to the many customers, MVPs, users, partners and enthusiasts that helped us build what we hope proves to be an exceptional product. Thank you.

The team (at Microsoft and extended by the community mentioned above) has been hard at work on this for a long time – Beta 1 shipped in December 2006 – and we’re now very close to general availability (GA) when we’ll have the privilege of hearing from customers what they like and what we can make better. The final step in release comes with our November 12 product launch (previously announced), which kicks-off GA. See Eric Watson’s earlier blog entry describing the difference between the RTM and GA milestones.

Our #1 goal with EBS has always been to increase the satisfaction of our customers in midsize businesses – giving them a better experience and helping them to leverage the full value of their IT investment. We believe we can do that by tailoring our software to their specific needs, practices and preferences. The challenge is to take complicated technologies designed for the enterprise and make them more easily consumed by companies without enterprise-size resources. To succeed in this we knew we’d have to stop talking and start listening. We have put what I believe is an unprecedented effort into learning about our midsize business customers/users; really getting to know what they need, like and don’t like. These activities weren’t just limited to a few program/product managers and UX researchers – the entire team got immersed and it went well beyond the typical betas, TAP programs and newsgroups we always run (although we had those too)… The team also assembled customer advisory boards that helped us make decisions about the product. We visited hundreds of customers around the world in their businesses and got to know them in their environment and we interacted with thousands more in various other ways to discover what we should be doing and then to test, refine and validate our designs. We also integrated Microsoft’s MVPs and leading SMB VAP/VARs into everything we did in product development. These two groups of professionals contributed a ton in making EBS a better product right out of the gate. In whole, we worked with an amazing collection of people and I know the product is much better than we could have made without their help. We are very proud of this collaboration and approach to designing and building software.

For midsize businesses, I’m confident that EBS is the best way to buy this software – Windows Server, Exchange, SQL Server, System Center Essentials (SCE), Forefront Security for Exchange and Forefront Threat Management Gateway. Whether it’s the integration and pre-configuration to best practices that’s baked-in; the vastly simplified and accelerated setup and migration, with a minimum of configuration needed; the defense-in-depth security included in the box; the EBS unified administration experience (with SCE) that gives the user one place to monitor system health and perform daily administration tasks across their entire environment; or the single/consolidated EBS license (including a new EBS license management system) and ~30% price discount our customers will find reason to be happier and we will achieve our goal. EBS will give them a confident, reliable and ready IT platform in service of their growing business needs and time back for the IT administrator to focus strategically, not just reactively.

As I said, we’ll soon know as we hear from customers and we can’t wait!

Eric Kidd – General Manager EBS

September 5, 2008

Slow inbound email and the fix

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We had a problem with inbound mail taking up to 3 minutes to enter our inbox, even though we saw TMG logs getting the email within 5 seconds of it being sent.

If you have the edge Anti-spam configured and enabled, specifically “IP Block List Providers” & “Sender ID” you might get this latency.

We fixed it by creating an access rule that says:

From: Localhost

To: Internet

Protocol: DNS [not dns server]

Action: Allow

Emails are flowing in with no issues after this change.

September 2, 2008

SCR server drive failed, this caused SCR to fail; Steps we used to rebuild

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As a reminder we blogged at https://workitsafe.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/scr-in-ebs-step-by-step-instructions/ and https://workitsafe.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/scr-in-ebs-step-by-step-instructions-fail-over-steps-part2/ the SCR setup instructions.

The Backup exchange server lost its data drive raid, and we had to replace the controller card, on startup we ran the Test-ReplicationHealth

The error that came back was

EXCHANGE-BU ReplayService Passed

EXCHANGE-BU SGCopySuspended Passed

EXCHANGE-BU SGCopyFailed *FAILED* Failures:

Standby Continuous Replication for storage group ‘EXCHANGE\Second Storage Group’ is in a ‘Failed’ state on server ‘EXCHANGE-BU’. The error message is: The Microsoft Exchange Replication Service encountered an error while inspecting the logs and database for EXCHANGE\Second Storage Group on startup. The specific error code returned is: Microsoft.Exchange.Cluster.Replay.FileCheckLogfileMissingException: File check failed : Logfile ‘D:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Mailbox\Second Storage Group\E0100000E2C.log’ was not found. at Microsoft.Exchange. Cluster.Replay.FileChecker.CheckLogfiles(Int64 minimumGeneration, Int64 maximumGeneration)at Microsoft.Exchange.

Cluster.Replay.FileChecker.RunChecks() at Microsoft.Exchange.

Cluster.Replay.ReplicaInstance.ConfigurationChecker(Object stateIgnored).

EXCHANGE-BU SGInitializing Passed

EXCHANGE-BU SGCopyQueueLength Passed

EXCHANGE-BU SGReplayQueueLength Passed

EXCHANGE-BU SGStandbyReplayLag Passed

We got the same error for the “First Storage group”

We fixed this by running the suspend command; deleted the data in the folders, and re-seeded

Suspend-StorageGroupCopy -Identity “exchange\First Storage Group” -StandbyMachine “exchange-bu”

Suspend-StorageGroupCopy -Identity “exchange\Second Storage Group” -StandbyMachine “exchange-bu”

Deleted data from “First and Second storage” group (on the backup exchange server)

Update-StorageGroupCopy -Identity “exchange\First Storage Group” -StandbyMachine “exchange-bu”

Update-StorageGroupCopy -Identity “exchange\Second Storage Group” -StandbyMachine “exchange-bu”

Resume-StorageGroupCopy -identity:”exchange\First storage Group” -standbymachine “exchange-bu”

Resume-StorageGroupCopy -identity:”exchange\Second Storage Group” -standbymachine “exchange-bu”

Run commands to Test Replication Health (on backup)

a. Get-StorageGroupCopyStatus “exchange\First Storage Group” -StandbyMachine “exchange-bu”

and Get-storagegroupcopystatus “exchange\first storage group” -standbymachine exchange-bu |fl

b. Get-StorageGroupCopyStatus “exchange\Second Storage Group” -StandbyMachine “exchange-bu”

c. Test-ReplicationHealth

Should see

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September 1, 2008

Renaming EBS administrator account needs additional steps in SCE & SQL

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As EBS is unique in installing S.C.E as part of the installation sequence, it stamps SQL and other SCE credentials with the “administrator” account, before you can change the administrator account name.

Oliver Summer has a great blog on changing the administrator password located at http://dnn.ebsfaq.com/SCE2007/noalertsshowingupinSCE/tabid/1342/language/en-US/Default.aspx

if you follow those steps, and these additional ones you should be all set.

Goto Administration space\Security\Runas Accounts

Change the entry for the specific runas account by the user account name

Change the three data warehouse windows accounts –

Data Warehouse Action Account

Data Warehouse Report Deployment Account

Data Warehouse Configuration Synchronization Reader Account

In SQL, use the reporting service configuration tool

Select “Execution Account”

Update the execution account and/or password

Then go to

Microsoft SQL Server management Studio Express;

In object explorer go to “Security” “Logins” rename the domain\administrator to domain\newchangedaccountname

Restart SQL & SCE services.

Check the Applications events to ensure that there are no Error: 15404, State: 11

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