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Archive for the ‘Windows Server 2008’ Category

Searching for Windows shutdown messages in the event log

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/21

Searching for shutdown isn’t enough as frequent WAS messages also contain that search string.

Searching for shutdown of will work as they match both these:

The process C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe (COMPUTERNAME) has initiated the shutdown of computer COMPUTERNAME on behalf of user COUNTERS\Administrator for the following reason: No title for this reason could be found
Reason Code: 0x800000ff
Shutdown Type: shutdown
Comment: 

and

The reason supplied by user DOMAIN\Username for the last unexpected shutdown of this computer is: Other (Unplanned)
Reason Code: 0xa000000
Problem ID: ######
Bugcheck String:
Comment: VM host failure

–jeroen

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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

Further reading:

–jeroen

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

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/19

When cleaning out an old SBS 2008 Servers, I saw a huge “DataServiceComponents.log” file. [WayBackSBS 2008 disk space and the DataServiceComponents.log file – Oxford SBS Guy indicated how to clean it up and pointed to [WayBackRecovering Disk Space on the C: Drive in Small Business Server 2008 | The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog.

Both posts have the problem that many backslashes missing in the the various paths.

So this is how I cleaned the DataServiceComponents.log file using an UAC command prompt:

C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs\MonitoringServiceLogs
net stop DataCollectorSvc
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" 
a -t7z -m0=lzma2 -mx=9 -aoa -mfb=64 -md=32m -ms=on -sdel DataServiceComponents-backup.7z DataServiceComponents.log
net start DataCollectorSvc

Note that DataCollectorSvc is the shorthand for the Windows SBS Manager service.

–jeroen

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Finding out when your domain password will expire :: Active Directory :: Admin Tips :: Windows 7 :: Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/2000/XP/NT Administrator Knowledge Base :: KBase Tips :: WindowsNetworking.com

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/02

Here’s how you can find out when your domain password will expire.

net user %USERNAME% /domain

It figures this out for the current logon domain (so it doesn’t work cross-domain) but it is a great help, especially when filtering out just the password information:

net user %USERNAME% /domain | findstr "Password"

This can be done in a more complex way with dsquery or adinfo that are tools to query

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Consolidating NTFS free space

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/12/29

For shrinking VM disk images, it’s important to consolidate NTFS free space towards the end of the this.

I’ve tried many tools, starting with defrag C: /X (which tries, but doesn’t give good results) and found out these steps give the best results:

  1. Perform an Ultradefrag full optimisation,
  2. Perform a MyDefrag Consolidate free space script on the drive.

If shrinking still fails then:

  1. Try the Ultradefrag at boot time
  2. Verify what kind of file(s) prevent shrinking: they show up in red after the MyDefrag session:
    1. Zoom in them (they can initially as small as 1 red pixel) by clicking on or near them, repeating the zoom long enough so you can hover over with the mouse and the lower part of the screen shows a filename like  where you cannot find much information about “$badclus:$bad:$data” but appear to be clusters marked as bad on NTFS level using something like chkdsk /B.
    2. If it was a bad sector like above, then try to resolve it with [WayBackntfsfix which ships with GParted live boot:
      1. boot a [WayBackGParted — Live CD/USB/PXE/HD drive,
      2. run GParted to see the drive path (for instance /dev/sda1)
      3. start a terminal
      4. run this command:
        ntfsfix -b /dev/sda1
        which will give output like this:

        Mounting volume... OK
        Processing of $MFT and $MFTMirr completed successfully.
        Checking the alternate boot sector... OK
        NTFS volume version is 3.1.
        Going to un-mark the bad clusters ($BadClus)... OK
        NTFS partition /dev/sda1 was processed successfully.
      5. boot back into Windows
      6. on an administrative command prompt run this for the affected drive letter:
        chkdsk D: /B
        (reboot if needed)
  3. Shrink the drive using diskmgmt.msc

If you still cannot shrink, then try [WayBackhttp://ftp.raxco.com/pub/download/pd14.0/pd14.0_pro.exe PerfectDisk by Raxco free trial.

Note:

MyDefrag (formerly named JkDefrag) is not maintained any more but the 4.3.1 version in the WayBack machine still works very well as the underlying defragmentation APIs in Windows haven’t changed.

References:

For FAT32:

For GParted / ntfsfix:

PerfectDisk via:

–jeroen

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