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SBS 2008 Remote Web Workplace doesn’t work first time

So, another odd one. Users report that upon visiting remote.domain.com they are initially presented with the below error page, but if they try again immediately RWW loads as normal. If the user goes directly to https://remote.domain.com/owa this works first time every time.

Cannot connect to the remote web workplace site. To continue contact your network administrator

Looking through the event log, I keep seeing ‘TraceListener cannot be created.” and according to web.config – the logs are supposed to be stored within “”C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs\WebWorkplace” which on this server did not exist. Upon creating this WebWorkplace folder I have since been unable to recreate the above error – so hopefully all is fixed!

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SBS2008 – No default gateway after power loss

When you reboot an SBS 2008 server, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • The SBS server will be unable to browse to the Internet.
  • Users will not be able to connect remotely to the SBS server using utilities such as remote web workplace or Outlook web access.
  • Client PCs that rely solely on the SBS server for DNS may not be able to browse the Internet.

If you run ipconfig on the SBS 2008 server you will notice that the default gateway is blank. Read more »

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SBSBIOSLock error when installing SBS on HP ML110 G6

SBSBIOSLOCK on ML110When installing Small Business Server 2008 R2 on a brand new HP Proliant ML110 G6, we kept getting the following error when trying to boot from the HP Quickstart Installation CD. It could not progress any further Read more »

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Out of Office replies from Distribution Groups

Need to have Out-of-Office responses sent if one of the members of the Distribution Groups is OoO? By default – if an email is sent to a disribution group, and even if that group only contains 1 member who sets OoO to ON – a automatic response will not be sent. Read more »

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Attix5 service failing to start – Error 1067

Recently, one of our Attix5 Backup clients stopped backing up. Turns out the Attix5 Backup Professional SE service was stopped, and when started failed with “Error 1067: The process terminated unexpectedly” Read more »

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Small Business Server 2008 port forwarding

The following ports that are used by SBS 2008 standard services :

SMTP 25 – Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
HTTP 80 –
Home Page Web
SSL 443
– Home Page Web Secured HTTPS (RWW, OWA, remote desktop or Terminal Server sessions)
HTTP2 987
– Second SSL Secured on alternate port for SharePoint (optional)
PPTP 1723
– VPN Connections

Note: With SBS 2003, RWW used port 4125.  Terminal Services Gateway has replaced this method which now uses port 443 over HTTPS.  The new method works a lot better when in remote locations which use proxy servers or only allow certain types of traffic (such as WiFi Hotspots) – as port 443 is a standard SSL port.

As with Port forwarding for Small Business Server 2003 – the above ports cover all the standard services, but should your users still be on a 1st generation iPhone or need POP email, the following ports will need forwarding also :

POP3 110 – If using POP3 mail connections
IMAP 143 – iPhone 1st Generation
IMAP SSL 993 – Even better for iPhone 1st Generation