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SBS 2003

I ran the best practice analyzer and found some issues but need clarification on a few [Attached]. Since I discovered the known issues site for BPA (http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2007/10/19/sbs-bpa-known-issues-common-questions.aspx), but I’m not sure if I should fix any of these errors especially since we have neither an internal website nor Exchange running (and have executed CEICW w/the said settings) – we use Exchange via SaaS. I know that the DNS Error is a false/positive or known issue and the space issues are being dealt with. Also, not sure if “LANNIC registry value may be incorrect” should be fixed. It is currently not showing the correct GUID.

Do any of these stand out as needing to be addressed ASAP? Thanks.
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by:Rob Williams
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SBS is meant to be installed with all components, and all components running, whether you use them or not. Not installing can result in major issues with service packs and such. Regardless if the SBS is not configured in a default manor the BPA will flag all sorts of issues. Make sure DNS is properly configured, it is the backbone of a Windows domain.

Personally I would worry about the free disk space and DNS issues, and I trust you are looking after backup in some way.
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by:Blue Street Tech
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Hi Rob!Yes to my knowledge SBS was installed with all components and was running Exchange on it as well at one point in time. Some time ago they moved from in-house exchange to SaaS exchange and it was causing conflicts internally so per another expert they recommended http:/Q_26780034.html#a34737982. Was that incorrect for us to do?

Yes, backups are handled by EMC.
Server space has been an issue trying to resolve. I got the other partition squared away but the C drive is still at 16% free. All non-essential apps have been trashed. Any ideas?
In your opinion the LANNIC is not an issue?
Is the samsrv.dll important?
Should I ignore the rest of these?

Thanks again!

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by:Blue Street Tech
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Also, I have fully vetted the DNS issue...it's a red herring ((http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2007/10/19/sbs-bpa-known-issues-common-questions.aspx)

DNS logs are pretty clean.
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I just caught something in #5 in that link i provided (http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2007/10/19/sbs-bpa-known-issues-common-questions.aspx)...it says "Ensure that the LANNIC registry value has the proper network card GUID. Check using Method 3 in the KB article http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/875422."

So I will get that squared away and that should cause the DNS error to resolve.
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by:Rob Williams
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Stopping services like Exchange is quite alright but it may cause the BPA to flag errors.

As for space you can move any of the SBS folders such as Exchange, WSUS, User Folders, and such to a new drive, have you done that.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708031(WS.10).aspx

Regarding LANNIC, might there be a NIC enabled but not in use?

As I recall samsrv.dll is not critical. I thought there was a hotfix for that but I can't seem to find it.
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by:Blue Street Tech
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Thanks!

I will follow that article on moving the data...I have not done so thus far.

The Network Connections only shows one Local Area Connection. There is nothing else listed there. In the Cause section of the LANNIC remedy article MS points to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875422/en-us, both Senerio 1 and 3 have taken place in the recent past.
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LANNIC resolved DNS Issue.

Incidentally could this LANNIC problem be the cause of this issue: http:/Q_27378418.html ???
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by:Blue Street Tech
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Hi Rob-

In this article you provided:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708031(WS.10).aspx can I skip steps such as moving sharepoint, user shared directories, etc. since they were never used and most likely do not have much data?
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by:Rob Williams
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I don't think the "LANNIC issue" would be related to the netwok slowdowns at 5pm. That sounds more like a neighborhood issue. A lot of areas report internet slow downs between 4:30 and 6:00 pm as kids get home from school. I assume it deosn't have any affect on LAN activity like acess to shares? VoIP should be controlled by QoS and maintain stability.

If not using services such as Sharepoint there would be little to gain by moving the databases.

Leew has an excelent article on regaining space on the system partition that may help as well:
http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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by:Blue Street Tech
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I skipped the steps & went straight to the exchange logs & DB move, which was substantial. That's freed up enough room.

But the network slowing is a dedicated bonded T1 2MB @ u/d).
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So the remaining warnings can be safely discarded without being security issues or otherwise, correct?

I am awarding points to you for this question, please feel free to comment on the internet downage question if you like.
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by:Rob Williams
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I don't see any serious concerns with the other warnings.
As for the reduction of internet performance , that would require significant monitoring using tools such as wireshark
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Thanks Rob! You rock!
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I don't know about that, but glad to help.
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by:Blue Street Tech
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Remedying the LANNIC warning fixed the DNS issue: #5 in this site (http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2007/10/19/sbs-bpa-known-issues-common-questions.aspx ) says "Ensure that the LANNIC registry value has the proper network card GUID. Check using Method 3 in the KB article http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/875422."

This remedied the HDD free space issues: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708031(WS.10).aspx
I left the rest of the warning as they related to Exchange and we are not using Exchange on this box and therefore disabled all Exchange services.

Thanks again.
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by:Blue Street Tech
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Rob- do you want to take a crack at this http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/Q_27378418.html ? No one has made any headway thus far.

P.S. is Wireshark easy to use...I've never used network monitoring before?
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