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Cleaning up a huge “Console.log” file on SBS 2008

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/19

You might think the Console.log belongs Console.exe. That’s right, but that’s a different thing than the Windows Command prompt that many people call console, but is in fact C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe on a default Windows installation.

C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs>dir console.log

It belongs to the SBS 2008 console which you can access using the https://sbs2008serverIP/remote (for more details, read [WayBackAccessing Windows SBS Console) and is served by:

C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\console.exe

It is started when any user logs on (which is sort of odd) and never log-rotates the log file but keeps the log file locked when the process executes.

So the only way to get rid of a really big console.log file is this:

  1. Terminate console.exe in the Task Scheduler (taskschd.msc)
  2. Move away the old C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs>dir console.log file
  3. Start console.exe in the Task Scheduler or logoff/logon

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–jeroen

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