Move WSUS data on SBS 2008 to another drive

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) data on Microsoft Small Business 2008 by default is placed in C:\WSUS\WsusContent
This folder can get very large over time, however on SBS2008 you can easily move downloaded data to another drive.

Open Windows SBS Console > Backup and Server Storage > Server Storage
In Tasks Panel click on Move Windows Update Repository Data
Select hard drive you want to move data to and click Move.

This doesn't move actual database (normally located in C:\WSUS\SUSDB), just the downloaded content. However it should be fine as normally database will occupy less space on the hard drive that actual content.

Windows Small Business Server 2008

Exchange 2007 suddenly stops receiving external emails

Exchange 2007 or SBS 2008 suddenly stops receiving external emails.
Internal and outgoing emails are working fine. Emails are not bouncing back. Exchange Management Console seems to be OK. Exchange stores mounted and all Exchange services running.

This behaviour could be caused by a low space on one of the hard drives. Disk doesn't have to be completely full, just getting close to this.
Check Application logs for following events:

Event ID: 15004
Level: Warning
Source: MSExchangeTransport
Resource pressure increased from Medium to High.
Resource utilization of the following resources exceed the normal level:

Event ID: 15006
Level: Error
Source: MSExchangeTransport
The Microsoft Exchange Transport service is rejecting message submissions because the available disk space has dropped below the configured threshold.
Resource utilization of the following resources exceed the normal level:

Simply free up some space on the hard drive in question and email delivery will resume. On Small Business Server 2008 the first suspect would be WSUS database.

Windows Small Business Server 2008
Exchange 2007

Schedule Automatic Computer Restart

To avoid restarting server during working hours you easily schedule restart to be performed at night. Obviously the same can be applied to a workstation rather than server.

Create a text file restart.txt with text:
shutdown /r /c "Your message displayed before restart"
If you want to shut down instead of restart, use this text instead:
shutdown /s /c "Your message displayed before shut down"
Rename the file to restart.bat

a. For Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP

Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks
Add a new Scheduled task
In Task Tab > Browse > select your restart.bat file
In Schedule Tab > Schedule Task > select Once and set the restart date and time

b. For Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7

Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Task Scheduler > Task Scheduler Library
Create Basic Task
Name: Restart
Trigger: One Time, select Date and Time
Action: Start a program - select your restart.bat file

When restart is initiated and message is displayed you have 30 seconds to cancel the restart:
Start > Run >cmd
shutdown -a

Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008
Windows XP
Windows 7

Windows Event ID 10016 (DCOM)

This article uses a particular Windows Event ID 10016 error caused by Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on SBS Server 2008 as an example, but can be used to troubleshoot other 10016 (DCOM) errors.

Event ID: 10016
Level: Error
The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1} to the user NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE SID (S-1-5-20) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

1. Find name of the offending COM application:
Start > Run > regedit
Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1} or just search for the ID (61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1) in regedit (F3)
Make a note of the "Default" value - IIS WAMREG admin Service

2. Fix the permission problem:
Start > Run > dcomcnfg
Component Services > Computers > My Computer > DCOM Config
IIS WAMREG admin Service > Properties
Double check that Application ID matches CLSID in the 10016 error
Security Tab > Launch and Activation Permissions > Edit > Add
Add the account mentioned in 10016 error (NETWORK SERVICE) and grant the equired permissions (Local Launch and Local Activation).

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008


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