Saturday, February 28, 2009

low free space on C drive of SBS box

After troubleshooting SBS boxes with low space on the C drive, I have found three good places to look for freeing up space.

1) Look in C:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\W3SVC1 for unneeded/old log files
2) move the windows search index files. Go to the control panel and in the "indexing options" applet, click on advanced, and change the index location. After finishing, restart the search service. This saved me a full 1 GB on an SBS 2003 machine.
3) move the ISA tracing log files using this method -

Monday, February 23, 2009

troubleshooting STOP error messages

I found this helpful page on troubleshooting STOP error messages:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quickbooks printing in Vista x64

Helpul article on setting up Quickbooks as needed in Vista x64 - particularly working with PDFs.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

setting up a gmail IMAP account in Outlook 2007

Found this blog post about setting up gmail in Outlook 2007.  It's pretty straight forward, but the part I found especially relevant to a problem I was having was setting Outlook to store sent items in the trash since gmail tracks its sent items on its own, and if you have Outlook put messages in the sent folder, there would be double messages there:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

adding an item as a resource in Exchange/Outlook

Here's a KB on adding a item (like a conference room) in Outlook/Exchange as a resource that users can invite to a meeting for scheduling purposes:

Sunday, February 1, 2009

running an offline defrag of an Exchange Server

An Exchange server runs an online defrag nightly to optimize space usage, but an offline will do a complete rebuild of the information store for more efficient use of space and full recovery of space of purged mailboxes.

In this case, I had the information store on the E drive, but the E drive did not have enough space to hold the offline defrag, so I had to redirect it to the U drive (an external USB drive attached for backup).

The command I ran was:
C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin>eseutil /d /p "e:\exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb" /t"u:\defrag\defragged.edb"

This 43.5 GB information store (before the defrag) took 4.21 hours. The defrag brought the information store down to 34.5 GB.

NOTE - in the example above, the folder "defrag" must exist before running this file. It won't create it automatically. You'll get an error if it doens't exist.