How to use Windows Server 2008 Backup

To begin…..Make sure that Windows Server Backup server feature is installed. You may confirm this by going into the Server Manager and locate Features. If it’s not installed please follow this guide. Open up the Server Manager and click on Add Features and Run the Add Features Wizard to add the Windows Server Backup.

You will see this page when the Add Features Wizard has been successfully completed.

Open up the Windows Server Backup (Click on Start and type backup, click on Windows Server Backup on the top). Select the Backup Schedule on the right navigation pane.

In the Getting Started page, click on Next to continue.

In the Select Backup Configuration page, you may either select Full Server (recommended) or Custom, click on Next to continue.

In the Select Items for Backup page, you may select what you want to backup, click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Backup Time page, choose the appropriate backup – how often and what time you want your backup to start, click on Next to continue.

In the Specify the Destination Type page, choose the location where you want to store your backup, click on Next to continue. You may choose a remote backup and opt out to back up to an external hard drive, we will use a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device in this Tutorial, click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Remote Shared Folder page, type the location of the NAS, click on Next to continue.

You will have to provide the User Name and Password of the NAS or the remote backup location, click on Next to continue.

In the Confirmation page, click on Finish to conclude the backup wizard.

Note: You may also use this Tutorial in SBS 2011.

Please check out  How to Restore a Backup using the Windows Server Backup feature in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise R2

Editing Information Store’s Cache thru ADSIEDIT.msc

Issue: In the Processes Tab of Task Manager, store.exe’s physical memory is allocating too much memory.

Resolution: You may tweak the cache size of the Exchange Server’s Information Store to prevent the store.exe’s physical memory size to increase. To do this process, click on Start button and type ADSIEDIT.msc, press enter.

Navigate to the Configuration> CN=Services> CN=Microsoft Exchange> CN= First Organization> CN=Administrative Groups> CN=Exchange Administrative Groups> CN=Servers [SERVERNAME]> > InformationStore

Right click Information Store and set the following to 72000 then Click OK to save the setting.

If adjusting the cache size didn’t help to resolve the issue, verify that the Exchange Server has the latest Service Packs and Window Updates.

A Simple Guide to Setup Folder Redirection in SBS 2011

First Task:  Create a Shared Folder and Assign Permission using the Provision Shared Folder Wizard

Double click on the Windows SBS Console on the desktop, click on Shared Folders and Website. On the Tasks pane Click on Add a new shared folder to start the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard.

Shared Folders and Websites

In the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard,  in Shared Folder Location page click on Browse and find the location of the folder, click on Next to continue.

Shared Folder location

In the NTFS Permission page, select Yes to change NTFS permissions. You may click on Add to select Users then grant them permission, click on OK when done, click on Next to continue.

NTFS and permissions

In the Share Protocols page, click on Next to continue.

Share Protocols

In the Quota Policy page, click on Next continue.

Quota Policy

In the File Screen Policy page, click on Next to continue.

File Screen Policy

In the DFS Namespace Publishing page, click on Next to continue.

DFS Namespace Policy

In the Review Settings and Create Share page click next, Click on Create, click close and exit the Wizard.

Review Settings and Create Share


Second Task: Redirect Folders for user Accounts to the Server

In the SBS Console’s Tasks pane, locate the User’s Account, (in this Tutorial I have created a testuser2 Account) then on the right pane choose Redirect folders for user accounts to the server.

In the Folder Redirection Properties page, select Folder Names and place the check marks on the folders you want to be redirected to the Server, click on OK.

In the Folder Redirection Properties page, select User Accounts to verify that testuser2 box is checked, click on OK.

Third Task: Apply Folder Redirection to Organization Unit (OU) in GPO

In the Group Policy Management Editor page, locate the OU and choose edit Group Policy;  Under User Configuration, go to User Configuration, click on Policies, click on Windows Settings, click on Folder redirection.

Right click on the Folder that you want it redirected to, in this Tutorial we’ll choose Document, under Setting choose Basic-Redirect everyone’s folder to the same location. In the Root Path, type the path, click on OK.

GPO-folder Redirection

Fourth Task: From the SBS Server Edit the Registry

Click Start, in the Search box type Regedit and choose Run as administrator.

Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\Storage, set the value of FRShareName to RedirectedFolders, and then set the value of FRRootPath to the full path of the shared folder (C:\Files-Backup).

Close Regedit.

Final Task: Log on and log off to the User’s computer where the folder redirection has been applied to for about 3 times and see if it works. Check the Server as well to see if the redirection folders have been successfully applied.

Each of the redirection folder should be automatically configured and synchronized to the server and be available offline. From the User’s Computer Click on Tools, choose Synchronize and make sure that the Offline Files box is checked.

Items to Sync Offline

This concludes the Folder Redirection Tutorial.