Videos – Aurora and SBS v7

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this week, you probably heard that at Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 Microsoft announced previews of two new products in the SBS family code named “Aurora” and SBS “7”.

If you didn’t make it to WPC, check out both videos from Microsoft Senior Program Manager Lead, Becky Ochs:

Windows Server Code Name “Aurora

  • Built on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Supports up to 25 users
  • Remote Web Access
  • Server and Client backup
Aurora video – featuring Becky Ochs


Windows Small Business Server “7

  • Built on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Supports up to 75 users
  • Remote Web Access
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP1
  • SharePoint 2010 Foundation
  • Windows Software Update Services 3.0
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 (Premium)
SBS 7 video – featuring Becky Ochs


You can find out more about the preview products here:

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Book – SBS 2008 Training for Exam 70-653

Bea Mulzer You know her, you love her, and she’s back! We’re talking about none other than Beatrice Mulzer. Anyone who’s been around the SMB space for a while will remember Bea for her well known books like the Top 15 SMB Consultants the 70-282 Exam Prep and the Small Business Specialist Primer.

Bea is back and this time she’s joined by Walter Glenn and Scott Lowe and has just released a must-have book for those working towards certification on SBS 2008!

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-653) Title: MCTS Study Guide (Exam 70-653): Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2008
Authors: Beatrice Mulzer, Walter Glenn and Scott Lowe
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Published: August 19, 2009
ISBN: 0-7356-2678-2
Retail: $69.99 USD ($44.09 at
Pages: 640

Description: Announcing an all-new SELF-PACED TRAINING KIT designed to help maximize your performance on 70-653, the required exam for the new Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuration certification or the Microsoft Small Business Specialist (SBSC) designation.

This 2-in-1 kit includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests on CD to help you assess your skills. It comes packed with the tools and features exam candidates want most:

  • In-depth, self-paced training based on final exam content
  • Rigorous, objective-by-objective review
  • Exam tips from expert exam-certified authors
  • Customizable testing options
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Case study examples
  • Troubleshooting labs

Work at your own pace through the lessons and lab exercises. This official study guide covers deploying hardware and software for Small Business Server servers, migrating to SBS 2008, joining computers to the domain, modifying Remote Web Workplace (RWW) and RAS, and working with Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Exchange server technologies.

  • Assess yourself using 200 practice questions on the CD, featuring multiple, customizable testing options to meet your specific needs.
  • Choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on discrete objectives.
  • Get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including pointers back to the book for further study.

You also get an exam discount voucher—making this kit an exceptional value and a great career investment.

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SBS Ports

Just because a port is open in RRAS or ISA (circa SBS 2003) doesn’t mean that it isn’t being blocked elsewhere, like at the ISP or because port forwarding isn’t setup properly in your firewall. Sometimes you need an outside view of the external ports on your internet connection.

DISCLAIMER – Only open the ports you absolutely MUST have. Example, if you’re not running the POP3 connector or FTP, don’t open those ports! If you’re not sure about a port, check the Port/IP Lookup on or ask someone who knows!

To check all of the commonly used SBS ports at once:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down & click ShieldsUP!
  3. Click Proceed
  4. In the center box on that page, paste this string:
    21, 25, 80, 110, 123, 143, 220, 443, 444, 500, 987, 1701, 1723, 3389, 4125, 4500
  5. Click User Specified Custom Port Probe


This scan will come back with a list of ports you entered and show the status.

Sample scan of commonly used ports in an SBS environment. 

Below is a handy chart that I stole from Susan and Windows IT Pro and updated a couple of times over the years.

Common Ports for Small Business Server (SBS)

TCP Port





Enables external and internal file transfer


SMTP – Exchange

Enables incoming and outgoing Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) mail for your Exchange Server



Enables all nonsecure browser access, including: internal access to IIS Webs including the company Web, Windows SharePoint Web, Windows SharePoint administration Web, and server monitoring and usage reports Enables internal access to Exchange by OWA and OMA clients (SBS 2003)



Enables Exchange to accept incoming Post Office Protocol (POP3) mail

(UDP port)


Enables the system to synchronize time with an external Network Time Protocol (NTP) server



Enables Exchange to accept incoming Internet Message Access Protocol v4 IMAP4-compliant messages



Enables Exchange to accept incoming Interactive Mail Access Protocol v3 IMAP3-compliant messages


HTTPS – OWA, OMA, Outlook Anywhere, & RWW
(SBS 2008)

Enables all secure browser access, including external access to Exchange for Outlook 2003/2007, OMA and OWA; required for external access to server monitoring, usage reports and RWW (SBS 2008). OMA has been deprecated from SBS 2008. See SBS 2008 RWW video here.


WSS (SBS 2003)

Enables internal and external access to Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Companyweb (SBS 2003)



Enables external VPN connections by using IPSec


WSS (SBS 2008)

This Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS) port makes Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Companyweb site viewable through Remote Web Workplace (SBS 2008). See SBS 2008 RWW video here.


L2TP clients

Enables external L2TP VPN connections


VPN – PPTP clients

Enables external PPTP VPN connections


RDP – Terminal Services

Enables internal and external Terminal Services client connections (see Note below)

4125 (Note: you can change this port in RRAS)

Remote Web Workplace
(SBS 2003)

Enables external OWA access to Exchange, plus internal and external HTTPS access to the client Web site (SBS 2003)



Internet Key Exchange (IKE) Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal


**Note: The ports listed above in bold are required by SBS 2008, per Microsoft TechNet article “Managing Windows Small Business Server 2008 Remote Web Workplace”, including port 3389, but see article below.

***Question: Should I open port 3389 for remote administration or remote desktop connections?
Answer from Microsoft: “You no longer need to open port 3389. Windows Small Business Server 2008 uses Terminal Services Gateway to redirect traffic from port 443 to a selected desktop or server for RDP connections. You would need to use RWW or configure the Terminal Services client to use TS Gateway.”

There’s also a post on the Official SBS Blog that talks about an IPSec issue back in 2008 that affected ports 1645-1646, 1701, 1812-1813, 2883 & 4500.

I’ll try to keep this form updated as time goes on and will keep a permanent copy at

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KYSBSUG 5-Year Anniversary

Kentucky Small Business Server User Group (KYSBSUG)This week, Thursday March 19, 2009 marks the 5-Year Anniversary of the Kentucky Small Business Server User Group (KYSBSUG). Where did the time go?

It’s pretty amazing to look back at all the events and topics we’ve covered in the last 60+ months. Some of the highlights we’ve met on include:

  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Linux for SBSers
  • Vista Loadfest
  • FolderShare for Remote Workers
  • SBS Hacks
  • SQL 2005 Launch Event
  • Windows Mobile Boot Camp
  • DD-WRT
  • Office 2007 / Vista Road Show
  • Windows 7
  • SBS 2008
  • Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008
  • Windows Home Server (WHS)
  • Windows SharePoint Services (WSS)
  • Response Point
  • And vendor presentations like ConnectWise, Level Platforms, eFolder, New Horizons, etc., just to name a few.

Over the years we’ve had numerous well-known speakers, including: Amy Luby, Ronald Grattopp (Microsoft), Brian Von Axleson (Microsoft), Chris Rue [MVP], Kevin Royalty [MVP], Allen Miller, and many more. We’ve had study groups, round table meetings, and Live Meetings with visitors from all around the USA, Canada, and even as far away as Belgium.

In short, we’ve really done a lot in the last 5 years, and we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us! There will be food, door prizes, and lots of networking opportunities. Please register today!

Evening – KYSBSUG 5-Year Anniversary
Date: Thursday March 19, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM Eastern (GMT –5)
Venue: Fifth Quarter Steakhouse
Address: 1241 Durrett Lane, Louisville, KY 40213
Phone: (502) 361-2363
Registration Link:

IMPORTANT: This venue was chosen because it’s only a few blocks away from the Microsoft events that are happening earlier that day (which you should also attend):

Morning – Microsoft TS2 – 03/19/2009, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern
Topics: Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), EBS 2008 & SBS 2008
Venue: Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport (formerly Executive West Hotel)

Afternoon – Microsoft SB2 – 03/19/2009, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern
Topics: Solution selling w/ Vista, EBS 2008 & SBS 2008
Venue: Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport (formerly Executive West Hotel)
Presenter: Ronald Grattopp

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Webcast – Changes to the Microsoft Partner Program

Microsoft Small Business Specialist logoEvent Title: 5W/50 Series – New Generation Certifications: Program Overview & Certification Resources Available for the SBSC Community
Date: Monday April 20, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern (GMT –5)
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Deborah Vosler (Microsoft) & Mark Crall (Tech Care Team, Inc.)
Cost: Free
Registration: Click here (Microsoft Partners Only)

Learn why Microsoft developed the New Generation of Certification, as well as what certification exams and resources are currently available for Microsoft partners, including the SBSC community. Find out more about the value of certification, including how it can benefit your business.

(Personal Note: I’m interested to hear the fate of the 70-282 and the SBSC program.)

Source: Mark Crall’s blog

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SBS-MVP 2009

I got an email from Microsoft that I’ve just received the Small Business Server Most Valuable Professional [SBS-MVP] award for 2009. Yay! 🙂

Whoop, there it is!

Also re-awarded with the SBS-MVP this January are several others, including:

Congratulations folks!

Also, sadly Michael Jenkins is retiring from the MVP program, but he’ll still continue to be heavily involved and very active in the SBS/SMB community. Thanks for all of your hard work Michael.

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SBS 2008 Unleashed Book

SBS 2008 box shot standard edition Back in 2005 I was privileged to be one of the co-authors of “Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Unleashed”. As I’m sure most authors can attest, working on a book is a very unique and eye-opening experience.  It takes a lot of time, work, testing, research and commitment to crank out a book, but in the end you have something tangible to show for all the effort. You make some great friends and learn something about yourself along the way too.

Then we skip forward several years and Eriq Neale invited me to be one the co-authors once again. This time the book was titled “Windows Small Business Server 2008 Unleashed.” I looked at the calendar and figured, “Wow, this is really awesome. We’ve got *tons* of time – the operating system isn’t even baked yet!” So I signed on. Interestingly, time moves quickly. Very, VERY quickly. And as SBS 2008 got closer to being finished and as work on the book continued, it seemed like every movie on TV was about an author with looming publishing deadlines or writer’s block like Duplex or Stranger Than Fiction. No pressure. 😉

At any rate, as the book project moved along, you could really see it transform slowly from an idea, into an outline, to a rough draft, through revisions, technical and grammatical editing, screen shots, page layouts, and eventually all the way into a finished book. And while you’re writing and doing testing and research, the software itself (code named “Cougar”) changes. It goes through various builds, into private and public betas, Release Candidates and eventually it becomes the final RTM code for SBS 2008. Believe me, it’s a pretty long trip!

So, the writing has been done for a while, and now comes the waiting part. The book is being printed and shipped, but I haven’t held a hard copy in my hands yet. And today it was cool to get an email from that really hit home:

Windows Small Business Server 2008 Unleashed

All of the sudden the book seems much more real. 🙂

Getting to this stage was a group effort, and I was just one person in a large team of folks that made this project happen. The whole team worked really hard through deadlines, daily responsibilities, lots of writing and zillions of emails.

The writers of this book include:

And here’s what’s in the book:

Table of Contents:

  1. Welcome to Small Business Server 2008
  2. Planning for the SBS 2008 Deployment
  3. Installing and Configuring SBS 2008
  4. DNS, DHCP, and Active Directory Integration
  5. Internet Information Services 7.0
  6. Remote Web Workplace and Other Remote Access Solutions
  7. SharePoint and Companyweb
  8. Exchange Management
  9. Exchange 2007 Client Connectivity
  10. Exchange Disaster Recovery
  11. Group Policy in SBS 2008
  12. User and Computer Management
  13. Macintosh Integration
  14. Additional Servers
  15. Managing Workstations Through Group Policy
  16. Monitoring and Reporting
  17. Managing Server and Workstation Security
  18. Backup and Disaster Recovery
  19. IPv6 Overview
  20. PowerShell
  21. Advanced Installation Options

Windows Small Business Server 2008 UnleashedI’m sure I speak for everyone on the writing, editing and publishing teams when I say that we’re really proud of this book! And I’d like to send a special “thank you” to Eriq Neale and Acquisitions Editor Loretta Yates for letting me be on the team again,
and for not killing me when they wanted to. 😉

We look forward to seeing the book hit the shelves and we’re certain that it will help people understand and support this amazing new operating system.

I hope you enjoy it!

Title: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Unleashed
Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (December 6, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0672329573
Paperback: 816 pages
Language: English
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | InformIT / Sams

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