Tag Archives: SBS 2008

How to resolve SBS 2008 Monitoring Database is full to capacity

Small Business Server 2008

A customer recently had an issue where their SBS 2008 Monitoring Database was full, and had stopped generating and emailing SBS reports.

In this post I’ll look at shrinking the database, recreating it and and moving it from the default location to an alternative drive with more free space. Continue reading

How to delete the Dataservicecomponents.log file in SBS 2008

Small Business Server 2008

I originally wrote an article about general diskspace issues on an SBS 2008 server back in October which can be found here. 

In it I touched on deleting the dataservicecomponents.log file to free up space, but having had to do the same thing again today on a different server. I noticed the instructions were pretty well hidden in a body of text. So here is a quick post to rectify that.

How to delete the dataservicecomponents.log file in SBS 2008

1. Close the SBS Console.

2. Stop the Windows SBS Service.

3. Browse to the C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs\MonitoringServiceLogs\ folder.

4. Archive/delete/move the dataservicecomponents.log file

5. Restart the Windows SBS Service. A new log file will be automatically generated.

Related Posts:

1. Using File Server Resource Monitor to monitor the SBS 2008 DataServiceComponents.log file size

2. SBS 2008 disk space and the DataServiceComponents.log file

3. How to copy incoming or outgoing emails to another mailbox in Exchange 2007 or 2010

Using File Server Resource Monitor to monitor the SBS 2008 DataServiceComponents.log file size

In a previous post here I discussed the DataServiceCompents.log file, and how to archive it and recreate a new log file to free up some additional disk space on C:.

So you don’t have to keep checking the directory and log file to make sure it isn’t getting huge, you can use the File Server Resource Monitor component of SBS 2008 to create a Storage Report to run automatically, and email the results to you.

1. From the Start menu select Administrative Tools and File Server Resource Manager.File Server Resource Manager2. Right click Storage Reports Management and select Schedule a New Report Task.

File Server Resource Manager - Schedule a New Report Task

3. Select the report data, in our case Large Files, you can also select the report format here. Click the Edit Parameters box.

Schedule a New Report Task - Select Large Files

4.  Specify the minimum file size you want to report on and click OK, in our case we want the report to show files over 95MBSchedule a New Report Task - Specify a size

5. Specify the folder you want the report to run on. For the dataservicecomponents.log file the folder is – C:Program FilesWindows Small Business ServerLogsMonitoringServiceLogs.

Schedule a New Report Task - Add a Folder

6. On the schedule tab specify a time and date and frequency you want the report to run on.

Schedule a New Report Task - Add a Schedule

7. On the delivery tab specify an email address to send the report to, and then click OK to complete the report setup.

Schedule a New Report Task - Send Report to

8. Right click the new Report Task and select Run Report Task Now so we can check the report is setup correctly and showing us the data we expect to see.

File Server Resource Manager - Run Report Task Now

9. Choose the report generation option, and click OK.

File Server Resource Manager - Generate Storage Report

10. Take a look at the Storage Report. In the extract below I’m monitoring from the Logs folder level, and there are three files over 95MB

File Server Resource Manager - Extract of a Storage Report

SBS 2008 disk space and the DataServiceComponents.log file

I was doing some house keeping on one of the oldest SBS 2008 servers I have in the field, and was trying to free up some disk space on C:, I usually like to keep 20-30GB free on a C: which is usually 100GB.

There is a really good Technet blog post here, which gives a good overview of some of the areas where we can reclaim diskspace from. These include, SBS Logs, IIS Logs, Badmail directory, and a couple of wizards, the WSUS Cleanup Wizard, and the Move Data Wizards.

One of the first things we do with a new SBS server is move the data and WSUS off of the C: so this generally leaves logs and Badmail.

On this particular server the admin account i was using didn’t have permissions to the C:Program FilesWindows Small Business ServerLogsMonitoringServiceLogs folder. Once i had given the account access to it I was amazed to see the DataServiceComponents.log was nearly 3.5GB in size, not only is it huge but for a text based log file it would be a nightmare to use. Now SBS 2008 logs an awful lot of data to this file, so you don’t want to just delete it in case you need to reference it in future for troubleshooting. On this server, I sent it to an archive folder, the size reduced to 85MB. You have to stop the Windows SBS Manager Service first, so you can archive and delete the log file. When you start the Windows SBS Manager Service a new DataServiceComponents.log file will be created.

Update Rollup 6 for SBS 2008 and Update Rollup 3 for SBS 2011 Released

Update Rollup 6 for SBS 2008 was released yesterday.

It resolves three issues all relating to Windows 8 deployment in a SBS 2008 environment.

See knowledgebase article below for full details.


Update Rollup 3 for SBS 2011 was also released yesterday.

It resolves three issues relating to Windows 8 in a SBS 2011 environment, plus an additional four items.

See knowledgebase article below for full details.