What is C:\Windows\Installer and why does it take up so much space?

Body: On one of my servers, I got a low disk space alert today for the C: drive.  This server hosts a number of websites including this blog so I was somewhat puzzled as to what would consume so much space.  The C: drive on this server is 30GB in size.  I use a freeware utility called TreeSize Free to determine where the space is – it’s a cool utility and allows you to drill down into folders to see what is taking up so much space. Here’s a screen shot of it You can see I’ve got 6.3GB taken … Continue reading What is C:\Windows\Installer and why does it take up so much space?

Interesting W2003 SP2 Side Effect

Body: I was onsite earlier this week helping out a friend with his SBS 2003 installation.  He had done the install himself and all things looked pretty much ok.  He had applied W2003 Service Pack 2 as well.  I showed him how to setup computers and all worked well – he added the computers to the domain and proceeded to use the server for a week or so without problems.  His server is a 2 NIC installation and he was running SBS 2003 R2 standard ie – without ISA 2004.  I visited site to help do the ISA install and … Continue reading Interesting W2003 SP2 Side Effect

Moving SBS2003 from a 5yr old server to a new one using StorageCraft

Body: We normally do a swing migration for many of our clients when we upgrade from one server to another. This has the effect of minimising the downtime to the client and at the same time having a new server in place that’s faster and cleaner than the old one. StorageCraft with their ShadowProtect IT Edition product have now given us an alternate scenario that we can use to move a customer’s old server to new hardware, or even into a Virtualised system. Now – I caution you – just like a swing migration, this is not a case of … Continue reading Moving SBS2003 from a 5yr old server to a new one using StorageCraft

Exchange 2003 to 2007 Migration issues – mail stops flowing.

Body: We’re in the middle of migrating one of our clients from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007. As part of that we currently have both Exchange servers in the domain and therefore some users on one version and some of the other version. Today we got a call because the users on Exchange 2007 were not receiving any email. Those on Exchange 2003 were. All users could send mail without an issue. The client has onsite IT staff and last night they moved the majority of the users from Exchange 2003 over to Exchange 2007 via the move mailbox wizard. … Continue reading Exchange 2003 to 2007 Migration issues – mail stops flowing.

WSUS 2.0 synchronises but will not download content

Body: Onsite today and I was checking a WSUS 2.0 server to ensure that I approved any waiting patches etc. I found that the WSUS server had stalled in the download process. It could synchronise successfully, but it sat at Downloading 0.00MB of xx MB. Screenshot below.   Checked the event logs and found this error Event Type:    Error Event Source:    Windows Server Update Services Event Category:    Synchronization Event ID:    364 Date:        6/09/2007 Time:        9:18:32 AM User:        N/A Computer:    SERVERNAME Description: Content file download failed. Reason: The parameter is incorrect. Source File: /msdownload/update/v3-19990518/cabpool/windowsserver2003-kb938829-x86-enu_262c3433045b22164aadaae6c3eb761ee7737f18.exe Destination File: f:\WSUS\WsusContent\18\262C3433045B22164AADAAE6C3EB761EE7737F18.exe. For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp. Did a … Continue reading WSUS 2.0 synchronises but will not download content

How to diagnose a Network Port problem.

Body: Today I was onsite with one of my clients and experienced a strange problem with one PC that was being ghosted from an image. The client runs a chain of retail outlets and when they open a new outlet they use Ghost to prepare a machine based on an image. They have a run up area down the back of their warehouse as well as two older servers. The problem was that when they went to use the PC to do the build, the ghost image (1.5GB in size) would not come down at all. The target system would … Continue reading How to diagnose a Network Port problem.

GFI Webmonitor for ISA v3.0 to v4.0 Upgrade may cause very slow internet access for users

Body: Today I’ve done an inplace upgrade for a customers ISA 2004 server up to ISA 2006 – the upgrade itself went well once we removed the Firewall Client Share in ISA 2004. The client uses GFI’s Webmonitor for ISA Server to monitor their users and block certain sites. It works pretty well and gives them control over the users internet access above and beyond that provided by ISA. The client was on v3.0 of this product and following the upgrade I noticed an error message in the event log. Event Type:        Warning Event Source:        Microsoft ISA Server Web Proxy Event Category:    None … Continue reading GFI Webmonitor for ISA v3.0 to v4.0 Upgrade may cause very slow internet access for users