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Using the “Safe” mode in Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Published: April 26, 2010

Updated: April 26, 2010

The Safe mode feature of Windows SBS 2011 Essentials monitors the add-ins that are installed on the server. If the Dashboard becomes unstable or unresponsive, Safe mode detects and isolates add-ins that might be causing the problem, and displays them on the Safe Mode Settings page the next time you open the Dashboard. From the Safe Mode Settings page, you can disable and enable add-ins one-by-one to determine which add-in is causing the problem. You can then choose to leave the add-in disabled for future startups, or you can uninstall the add-in.

You can view a list of all add-ins that are installed on the server at any time. You can also open the Dashboard in Safe mode, which automatically disables all non-Microsoft add-ins.

To view a list of installed add-ins

  • From the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Dashboard, click Help, and then click Safe mode settings.

To open the Dashboard in Safe mode

  • Click the Start button, click All Programs, click Windows Small Business Server 2011, and then click Dashboard (Safe mode).

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials also allows you to access the Dashboard in Safe mode from another computer on the network.

To open the Dashboard in Safe mode from another computer on the network

  1. From a computer that is connected to the network, open the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Launchpad, and then click Dashboard.

  2. On the Dashboard sign-in page, type the user name and password for an account that has permission to log on to the server, select the Allow me to select which add-ins to load check box, and then click the arrow to sign-in.

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