Memory issues and General Rants

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Michael Cook, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. Michael Cook

    Michael Cook Guest

    I too have begun to get the memory alerts from my server. I have read the
    posts this forum as well and followed the links. I must say everyone has
    been very nice and informative. I still have not fixed my problem as I just
    can’t go into the data room and reboot.

    That is where my problem lies. Why is it that every time there is a problem
    it usually leads to the "Add Remove Programs" area, followed up by a reboot?
    My server is used 24 hours a day. I just can’t go and reboot without massive
    coordination and planning. Not to mention our server houses the payroll and
    timesheet system so hopefully one of our 150 employee are not checking
    vacation accruals at that time. We purchased this thing because I (a past
    Gates basher) truly thought Microsoft was ready for our server needs. So far
    the backup fails intermittently and the memory errors are driving me nuts. I
    have to reboot constantly for updates and it just seems to require attention
    every day. I love the remote desktop and admin tools, but this one computer
    has become a full time job.

    To be honest if my staff was not already hooked on Exchange, we would cut
    our loses and walk. Meanwhile, and not to start a flame war here, our Linux
    server has been up for 127 days, not a single problem. Sighhhhh...
    Michael Cook, Apr 26, 2005
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  2. Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Apr 26, 2005
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  3. I'll be honest with you ...if this is a full time job, then there's
    something wrong with your server.

    Admittedly I was here Friday night working on the network..but that was
    Trend's mess not Microsoft's.

    And maybe you need a maintenance contract from someone who is a SBSer
    and lives with a whole bunch of these boxes? I know that I benefit from
    the 'community' view around here and living with a box at home.
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Apr 26, 2005
  4. Michael Cook

    Michael Cook Guest

    Thanks Susan. Sorry for all the negativity, but this box just gets me down
    sometimes. I drove over our Sherrifs office to speak with thier IT people
    yesterday as I know they put in 6 SBS servers and used them as standalone
    department servers. They have since ripped then all out as thier people were
    spending too much time monitoring and patching the systems. That did not
    give me much hope and hence led to the post that I wrote yesterday.

    There is no way to outsource the service as IT is my job and that would not
    look too good. Also we are a cash strapped government agency and I dont have
    any spare funds. To be honest we run several critical apps on Linux servers
    and things work great. We purchased this server for the SQL and Exchange,
    primarily for the main admin office only. All of our other apps that are
    used by our distributed workforce, except payroll, are handeled by the
    Penguin boxes.

    Anyways, ntbackup does not actually give any errors that I can send. I dont
    even know that it errors out, unit I log on the server and there lies the
    popup box that applogizes for the program crash. I dont get any notice in
    the daily emails. When I get to the office I will look in the application
    logs to see if there is any more information.

    I will probably wait unit the new budget year and look at Veritas. Also I
    will try the information on the link that you sent as well. Thanks again for

    Michael Cook, Apr 26, 2005
  5. The need to install SUS/wsus for patching then... SBS is for small
    businesses anyway ...not standalone department servers that seems a bit
    dumb use of technology. They need a large network ...not 6 SBS boxes.

    There's a log file of what that backup is doing.

    IMHO it's what you are used to.. this box is not a bother to me
    [otherwise I wouldn't have time to hang around newsgroups and answer
    questions :)

    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Apr 26, 2005
  6. Michael Cook

    aus Guest

    Hi, its very easy to get in a bit of a down spiral if you arent too
    familiar with the bits in SBS - normally a couple of bits knowledgeable
    advice and your problems would be apprent and easily fixed (in my

    Stick with it - post your exact details/error messages as someone here
    will definitely have seen them before (usually!) I dont think I have
    come up against a complete brick wall problem with SBS yet - it normally
    is something fixable.

    aus, Apr 27, 2005
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