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Can I remove Health Monitoring on SBS 2003?

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In early December I had a lot of WMI errors similar to this posting:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_26200251.html

I am not running Symantec (I am running ESET Mail Security), but I re-ran the Monitoring setup using the wizard and the errors stopped. Soon after that I discovered that the C drive was almost full. After some help on EE I discovered that there were 5 GB of health monitoring files, which I removed. On 3/6/12 the WMI errors resumed and on 3/7 I re-ran Monitoring setup. The errors returned again at 5 PM on 3/8.

Can I remove monitoring altogether? If so, what is the best way to do it?

Thanks.
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You dont want to remove it but you can disable it.. Here is a pretty good post of stuff you can do to lighten SBS..

Now, there are areas of SBS that aren't needed for 4 computers. You can choose to ignore them - Exchange isn't a CPU killer if no one is using Outlook attached to it. However I have found Exchange shared calendaring to be very good for scheduling church resources like community rooms and equipment.

The Sharepoint stuff can be ignored or removed, there's no reason for "companyweb" when you can shout across the office to each other and accomplish "shared collaboration" that way.
However, it's a very valuable tool for putting documents, forms, etc into a public forum that's password protected and isn't tied to your internal documents - think of being able to share sermons, for example. It's a great tool for sharing data with the lay staff, volunteers and your congregation.

Things you should leave alone or should be using if you're not already:

- Shared folders
- Print Queues
- Small Business Server backup

Things you can't remove:

- Leave the domain alone. I don't think you can remove it anyway, but you could set up users on a workgroup and have them accessing the shares on the server through a standard username. Personally I think you'll spend more time doing this than it's worth because you'll end up revamping user profiles, and that's messy.
- Windows core services (IIS, group policy, etc)

If you choose to remove things, go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, select "Microsoft Small Business Server" and click "change/remove". From there, the SBS setup program will start and you can select the items you want to remove.

Things you can remove:

- Monitoring and Reporting
- Exchange
- Sharepoint
- Shared Fax
- ISAS
- SQL Server (unless your software is using it - turn off the SQL services and see if anything breaks - turn it back on if it does. If nothing breaks, remove it).

Things you can simply turn off:
- My Documents redirection (look in the Server Management console)
- Exchange (simply stop and disable all Exchange services)
- Sharepoint (stop and disable the MSSQL$SHAREPOINT service)
- Monitoring and Reporting (stop and disable the MSSQL$MONITORING service)
- Small Business Server backup
- Routing and Remote Access (in the Services area, right-click it and disable it. This will remove its configuration)

Finally, if you don't understand the stuff I'm discussing here and you are adamant that things need to be turned off, please get another IT company in there and have them revamp the configuration.
posted by disclaimer at 3:25 PM on May 25, 2008

http://ask.metafilter.com/92349/Scaling-back-Small-Business-Server-2003
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Thanks for the reply. I had actually found the same post before submitting my question. When I disabled MSSQL$SBSMONITORING, regular errors were generated that SBS Monitoring could not access the database. I figured that I can ignore them, but I was hoping to remove the feature altogether. I will just disable the service.

Thanks again.
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