I was trialing the BackupAssist v9.4.2 on one of the Server with SBS 2008 x64 installed, so I decided to do a review of the product as I was impressed with the trial version and quick support. I did a bare metal backup and restored it to a virtual machine (VirtualBox) with dissimilar hardware, which I encountered few issues and luckily got fixed, details can be found below.

This SBS 2008 serves as Active Directory, DHCP, DNS server and it is hosting Exchange 2007.

I downloaded the BackupAssist software and installed, their 30-day free trial is fully functional including their add-ons.

Their support is also great, you get a response within an hour most of the time. There's also an Australian number that you can ring who is physically based here.

If you decided to buy the software, make sure to re-do your RecoveryAssist CD as the previous one will still be on trial mode and not licenced.

If you will be backing up to an external USB drive, make sure it qualifies with a 512 byte sector size as per this link https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.windows-small-business-server-external-backup-drives-compatibility-list.aspx

On this trial, I used a 2TB Verbatim Store N Go.

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I ran into a BSOD 0x71 Session5_Initialization_Failed error after transferring a hard drive from Dell DCNE to another desktop Acer Veriton T661.

It also shows check disk then the BSOD 0x71. When I try the safe mode, the last driver showing would be mup.sys before it does an automatic restart.

The motherboard on the Dell desktop died hence I need to transfer the hard drive, this is for the client with limited budget.

Running the following will NOT fix the above BSOD as it already passed the MBR.

  • chkdsk /r
  • fixmbr
  • fixboot c:

The only solution that works for me is to copy a backup registry hive from C:\Windows\Repair\ folder.

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Zarafa-webaccess attachment disappeared when I reply to an email but no to a New email. Zarafa version installed is WebApp 1.6-46049, ZCP 7.1.14-51822.

Attachment will not show up at the receiver's Inbox and in my Sent Items.

I tried using Firefox and Chrome and had the same result.

Solution: Increase the MaxExecutionTime, MemoryLimit, PostMaxSize on PHP server where you have the Zarafa server installed.

On SME Server Contribs, you do it by issuing the following commands:

db configuration setprop php MaxExecutionTime 4800 
db configuration setprop php MemoryLimit 250M
db configuration setprop php PostMaxSize 40M
expand-template /etc/php.ini
/etc/init.d/httpd-e-smith restart

Update Nov 2016:
We are still having issues with the attachment but it's intermittent, this time I updated the WebApp to the latest version compatible to the server's OS.

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Scenario: We have an Exchange Server 2007 (itropics.net) in house. When our supplier (supplier.com) sent us an email, they receive a bounced back error message: mail.itropics.net #554 5.1.0 Sender denied

Exchange Server 5.1.0 Sender Denied
5.1.0 Sender Denied bounced back error message

 

To fix that, make sure that the supplier's domain named is not being blocklisted by your Exchange Server. Go to Exchange Management Console -> Organization Configuration -> Hub Transport -> Anti-spam -> Sender Filtering and make sure that the supplier domain name is not on the list. Remove it if it's there.

Or check the recipient's (user@itropics.net) Blocked Senders to see if the domain is in the list. You can do it by checking Outlook (go to Tools menu then Junk E-mail Protection) or logging into OWA

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