A while back, we were having a real struggle with an SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration.
In the above post we were guided by Justin and Wayne through a series of steps to configure SBS 2008 services along with running some troubleshooting software during the install routine.
To get things started, we needed to SHFT+F10 to bring up a command prompt.
From there, all of the common commands we would normally use there are good:
- Services.msc [Enter] (Services snap-in)
- DevMgmt.msc [Enter] (Device Management snap-in)
- TaskMgr [Enter] (Task Manager)
- ipconfig /all [Enter]
- repadmin /? [Enter]
When it comes to finding out which consoles and snap-ins are available via the command line, search the Windows directory for the following extensions:
- *.msc (snap-ins)
- *.cpl (Control Panel Applets)
The most common Control Panel applet we use is
- ncpa.cpl [Enter] (Brings up the NIC listing window)
In Vista, Windows 7, and any Windows Server 2008 and above OS with the Search field, click on the Start button or hit the Start button on the keyboard and start typing to get things moving quickly.
NOTE: Working with the above troubleshooting steps should be practiced in a lab setting unless working on a specific SBS 2008 setup problem!
All it takes is one change during the install routine to either bring down the server or misbehaviours in the server later in its production life.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book