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Cut Over Migration and DirSync with Office 365

DragonsInstalling DirSync is not fun, easy or short. Do not make any assumptions about how long it will take to setup. I say this because I spent several wasted hours trying to use the default install and let it install SQL Express automatically and it failed with a whole host of different errors each time I uninstalled, cleaned up and tried again.

Official documentation was either out-dated or used methods which didn’t work, blogs were a mixed bag as well. This post tries to tie the various pieces of correct information together. Continue reading Cut Over Migration and DirSync with Office 365

Removing SBS 2008 – Step 3: remove from domain / DCPROMO

 

The final step in removing your SBS server is to demote it as a domain controller using the DCPROMO tool.

DCPROMO will do a number of things in terms of removing the server’s ability to operate as an Active Directory server, however the main domain functional ‘operation’ (sorry pun!) you will see from other servers in the network is the moving of the ‘Flexible Single Master of Operation’ (FSMO) or now just ‘Operations Masters’ roles to another AD server.

You can control the transfer of the essential FSMO roles to a preferred AD server (if you have multiple) using the a script e.g. to transfer our roles to our UK/GB Infrastructure server GBINF01 the script is:

ntdsutil

roles

conn

connect to server gbinf01 q

Transfer infrastructure master

Transfer naming master

Transfer PDC

Transfer RID master

Transfer schema master

q

q

And checked with:

netdom /query fsmo

Schema master GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

Domain naming master GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

PDC GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

RID pool manager GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

Infrastructure master GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

The command completed successfully.

Of course if you just have one other AD server (not recommended as best practise but totally feasible and supported by Microsoft) you don’t need to manually control who gets the roles, and DCPROMO will just transfer the roles to the other server.

If you do have multiple servers (with multiple AD sites) then the next available local site server will get the roles.

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Move those roles!

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Summary review

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Remove Active Directory Domain Services from this computer.

When the process is complete, this server will be a member of the domain thefullcircle.local

Remove DNS Delegation: Yes

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Good bye domain services!

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Checking the FSMO roles to confirm transfer:

C:>netdom query fsmo

Schema master GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

Domain naming master GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

PDC GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

RID pool manager GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

Infrastructure master GBINF01.thefullcircle.local

The command completed successfully.

You can log back onto your SBS server with either the local creds provided earlier, or with a domain account – it is still a domain member server.

Note this machine may no longer be licensed (certainly if an upgrade e.g. to SBS2011).

If the server was an OEM install you can leave what remains (demoted mostly broken SBS server) on the same hardware for whatever use you feel (within license limits – e.g. this is not a 2nd Exchange server!), but the chances are this is now an old and out of warranty bit of kit that is no longer production worthy anyway – reuse, renew, recycle responsibly (see http://blog.thefullcircle.com/2011/05/06/sort-it-out-and-learn-the-3rsreduce-reuse-recycle/).

Removing SBS 2008 – Step 2: ADCS

 

Active Directory Certificate Services removal..

Check the FSMO roles are on your SBS server..

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(you don’t actually need the forward slash "/" after the netdom command anymore but that’s a personal hangup from the old LANMAN days.. 😉

As for any server role just remove the role from within Server Manager

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(Note the red crosses – this is from a pretty sick SBS 2008 install that had been replaced by Server 2008 R2, SCE (WSUS), and various other Windows network services over a year prior)

Once you’ve started the role removal (after confirming an informational/reading) – head out for a walk / mow the grass / build a model aeroplane.. Basically – leave it some time as you could be watching the screen below longer than paint drying

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Later in the process you should see ‘Verifying removal’ and then ‘Collecting removal results…’ – ours took almost an hour between the major application events:

Information        29/08/2011 08:57:51        CertificationAuthority        38        None

Log Name: Application

Source: Microsoft-Windows-CertificationAuthority

Date: 29/08/2011 08:57:51

Event ID: 38

Task Category: None

Level: Information

Keywords: Classic

User: SYSTEM

Computer: SBSSRV01.thefullcircle.local

Description:

Active Directory Certificate Services for thefullcircle-SBSSRV01-CA was stopped.

And

Warning        29/08/2011 09:43:15        ServerManager        1619        None

Log Name: Setup

Source: Microsoft-Windows-ServerManager

Date: 29/08/2011 09:43:15

Event ID: 1619

Task Category: None

Level: Warning

Keywords:

User: THEFULLCIRCLEAdministrator

Computer: SBSSRV01.thefullcircle.local

Description:

Removal succeeded. A restart is required.

Roles:

Active Directory Certificate Services

Warning: You must restart this server to finish the removal process.

When complete (if successful) you should get:

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And once ‘closed’ the only option is to restart..

You do need to log back in again (recommend same account as started this process) for the server to finalise the removal of ADCS and report ‘Resuming Configuration’ per:

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Also event

Information        29/08/2011 10:10:47        ServerManager        1618        None

Log Name: Setup

Source: Microsoft-Windows-ServerManager

Date: 29/08/2011 10:10:47

Event ID: 1618

Task Category: None

Level: Information

Keywords:

User: THEFULLCIRCLEAdministrator

Computer: SBSSRV01.thefullcircle.local

Description:

Removal succeeded.

Roles:

Active Directory Certificate Services

The following role services were removed:

Certification Authority

And then next to DCPROMO out of the domain!

Removing SBS 2008 – Step 1: Exchange 2007

recent migrations as part of SBS 2011 EAP, etc….

 

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Screen clipping taken: 28/08/2011 23:26

Summary: 4 item(s). 0 succeeded, 1 failed.

Elapsed time: 00:01:16

Mailbox Role

Failed

Error:

Object is read only because it was created by a future version of Exchange: 0.10 (14.0.100.0). Current supported version is 0.1 (8.0.535.0).

Elapsed Time: 00:01:16

Client Access Role

Cancelled

Hub Transport Role

Cancelled

Remove Exchange Files

Cancelled

http://forums.msexchange.org/m_1800521706/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm

[PS] C:Windowssystem32>Remove-PublicFolderDatabase -Identity "SBSSRV01Second Storage GroupPublic Folder Database"

Confirm

Are you sure you want to perform this action?

Removing Public Folder Database "SBSSRV01Second Storage GroupPublic Folder

Database".

[Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help

(default is "Y"):A

Confirm

You are attempting to remove the last public folder database in the

organization. If you remove this database, all of its contents will be lost and

only users running Outlook 2007 or later will be able to connect to your

Exchange organization. Are you sure that you want to delete the last public

folder database?

[Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help

(default is "Y"):A

Remove-PublicFolderDatabase : Object is read only because it was created by a f

uture version of Exchange: 0.10 (14.0.100.0). Current supported version is 0.1

(8.0.535.0).

At line:1 char:28

+ Remove-PublicFolderDatabase <<<< -Identity "SBSSRV01Second Storage GroupPu

blic Folder Database"

+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (0:Int32) [Remove-PublicFolderData

base], InvalidADObjectOperationException

+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : E2ABE251,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemCon

figurationTasks.RemovePublicFolderDatabase

Summary: 2 item(s). 0 succeeded, 1 failed.

Elapsed time: 00:00:39

Mailbox Role

Failed

Error:

The public folder database "SBSSRV01Second Storage GroupPublic Folder Database" contains folder replicas. Before deleting the public folder database, remove the folders or move the replicas to another public folder database. For detailed instructions about how to remove a public folder database, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=81409.

Elapsed Time: 00:00:39

Remove Exchange Files

Cancelled

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/aa998192(EXCHG.80).aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/aa997893(EXCHG.80).aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb331970(EXCHG.80).aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb201664(EXCHG.140).aspx

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Small Business Server SBS 2011 Essentials release code available for download

 

As you may know from previous posts, The Full Circle (www.thefullcircle.com) have more UK customer deployments of the new release of Microsoft’s Windows Small Business Server 2011 than any other UK partner, but thus far we’ve only been able to talk about the Standard version of the product until now..

We have two UK deployments of the Standard version of the product and one of the Essentials version, which today became available to download in final release / RTM form.

Redmond Good Morning release for Europe’s Good Evening!

Today at 18:00 BST / 09:00 PST Microsoft made available the final release code evaluation version of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials RTM available to download as a trial from TechNet or as full product through the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

(formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) is ideal as a first server for small businesses, providing a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration and CRM. Windows SBS 2011 Essentials can be used by up to 25 users, requiring no CALs for user access.

"Built on Windows Server 2008 R2, SBS Essentials is an agile new product designed and priced as a solution for businesses that have fewer than 25 users and don’t have a client/server network in place. SBS Essentials gives small business customers an easy way to get their infrastructure in place using our simple-to-deploy server. At the same time, SBS Essentials ensures that business-critical data is regularly and automatically backed up, the health of the network is actively monitored, and users and computer management are easy and straightforward. In addition the comprehensive extensibility built into the product makes it easy to take advantage of a wide variety of cloud services and third-party additions."

The evaluation copy will be valid for up to 180 days, and you fully activate it to a full version with a product key anytime within the evaluation period.

The product will be available through all channels, including Volume Licensing, starting May 1. Many OEMs and System Builders have already started building specific form factors and solutions based on SBS 2011 Essentials which will start becoming available in the market in May.

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials is available on Microsoft.com beginning today. Also TechNet and MSDN subscribers will access to the download starting today as well.

Here’re the file locations and verification details from MSDN:

Server Install Disc: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (x64) – DVD (English)
File Name: en_server_install_disc_windows_small_business_server_2011_essentials_x64_dvd_664391.iso

Date Published (UTC): 4/5/2011 9:20:23 AM
Last Updated (UTC): 4/5/2011 9:20:23 AM

SHA1: 58FE96CD15B46107C0030713CB75A18B5FAFEF69
ISO/CRC: 1345F2EF

Client Restore Disc: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (x86 and x64) – CD (English)
File Name: en_client_restore_disc_windows_small_business_server_2011_essentials_x86_x64_cd_664348.iso

Date Published (UTC): 4/5/2011 9:20:19 AM
Last Updated (UTC): 4/5/2011 9:20:19 AM

SHA1: 678403787D1E364F65FF5BF27D3988C52792F132
ISO/CRC: 5B5589BB

Windows Home Server 2011 release code is out too! Smile

(not surprising as shares same code-base..)

Our download started an hour ago or so, and we couldn’t help but take a look at the release code of Windows Home Server also.. see our other posts on Home Server @ http://blog.thefullcircle.com/category/microsoft/windows-home-server/

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We’ll be blogging more on the final RTM deployment of both these exciting products in the coming days..

The Full Circle Announces Successes in Microsoft Trial – UK Early Adopter Program Dominated by Full Circle Clients

PRESS RELEASE

United Kingdom, 18th March 2011 – Full Circle Technology Limited (“The Full Circle”) announced today that three of their existing clients had been part of the pre-launch early adopter trial campaign for Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011, which Microsoft announced late yesterday as now generally available.

Reuben Cook, Founder of The Full Circle commented: “As a Microsoft partner who’s a keen early adopter – we were one of two UK partners in the Essential Business Server TAP in 2008-09, and following that the launch of Windows Server 2008 R2 – we are always interested in opportunities to get involved in new product launches.
We are now delighted to announce that we successfully enrolled three of our customers into the pre-launch early adopter program for Windows Small Business Server 2011, which we understand is more than any other UK partner”

Cook added: “We nominated three customers some six months ago, and we were delighted when Microsoft confirmed that all three would take part in the trial. Our first client deployment was for Verona Pharma plc, a London based but globally working drug discovery / life science business that we have provided managed IT services for since 2006 when we built a complete greenfield solution based on SBS 2003 allowing them to grow rapidly with heavy SharePoint use for their genuinely global workforce.”

“We then added Talking Tables, a fast –growing, fun and fresh UK based party and giftware designer and manufacturer. They too needed a short-cut to leading edge technology in order to meet their growth needs and global working.”

Maurice Martin, Director, Server & Cloud Platforms, Microsoft UK added:
“Over the past six months, The Full Circle has participated in the Microsoft Early Adopter Programme for Small Business Server 2011. It has successfully deployed SBS 2011 Standard into two customer environments and, looking forward, it will also be deploying SBS 2011 Essentials, a new cross-premise cloud-facilitated server, into a third customers premises later in the year.”

Cook concluded: “And finally we introduced a South London based Estate Agency, who acknowledged the need to upgrade in order to support the expansion of their business from 2 to 3 sites, and from 15 to 20 staff, which was why we brought them to the Windows Small Business Server early adopter programme – they have been accepted for the Essentials version of the product due to be released in the coming weeks”


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SBS 2011 Release To Manufacturing (RTM)

imageThe Full Circle (www.thefullcircle.com) has been involved in the UK Early Adopter Program (EAP) for Microsoft’s Windows Small Business Server 2011 ‘Standard’ and ‘Essentials’ product since early October, and today Redmond announced that the Standard version has released to manufacturing (RTM) @ http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/12/13/windows-small-business-server-2011-standard-releases-to-manufacturing.aspx

SBS 2011 was originally made available as a public preview build in July earlier this year and we’ve been internally testing as part of our continual beta and release candidate research well covered in other posts in this blog.

A significant upgrade that is 64-bit only

SBS 2011 is an incremental but significant upgrade over previous versions.  It is based on Windows Server 2008 R2 (and therefore 64-bit only) with Exchange 2010 with SP1, SharePoint 2010 Foundation, SQL 2008 R2 Express and Windows Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 with SP2.  There is also the usual deeply integrated management console for ease of administration, backup, monitoring and whole network management – as in all connected clients, not just the server.

For more details on the specific components see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg508696.aspx.

Premium Add-on for businesses with larger applications

There is also a Premium Add-on which provides rights to run an additional Windows 2008 R2 server to run SQL 2008 R2 Standard for Small Business (limited to 75 users as per SBS) and lifts the 10GB database limit of the Express version as shipped with the Standard product.

Pricing, but not in the UK yet…

UK pricing isn’t published as yet, but in the US Windows SBS 2011 will cost $1,096 with CALs at around $72.

“As you are reading this we are making the final steps to bring the product to the market so that you can acquire throughout our large network of partners. We are finalizing international versions, delivering the product to distribution channels and handing it off to our OEM partners so that they can begin pre-installing the software on new servers,” wrote Curtis Lee, Director of Server and Cloud Marketing at Microsoft.

Microsoft says, starting in early January, SBS 2011 Standard and Premium Add-On will be available in volume licensing form. In mid-January customers will be able to download a trial copy from Microsoft.