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Windows Server 2011 Small Business Server, SBS Monitoring

Posted on 2012-09-11
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On the Windows Server 2011 Small Business Server is running a SQL Instance called SBSMONITORING, aswell as a IIS instance. What is it used for? Can we just disable it to safe memory?

Thanks for your information.
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by:Sushil Sonawane
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Windows Server 2011 Small Business Server use the  SQL and IIS instance for to store SBS monitoring data.

In SBS 2008 and SBS 2011 standard, we have a service called the Windows SBS Manager that is responsible for a number of tasks around monitoring, alert reporting and maintenance. This service relies on a SQL database running on a SQL express instance called SBSMonitoring.

Refer the below article.

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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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You can limit the memory used by any instance of SQL:


As well as Exchange:


Although if you have sized the RAM correctly,neither should be necessary, and Exchange will use as much as it can and give back when something else calls for it.
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Cliff Galiher earned 1500 total points
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You've gotten some great background from other posters, but the answer you seek may not have been apparent. Short answer is no, disabling the service will cause problems. As others have said though, you can limit memory. Of course you should ask yourself WHY you want to limit memory. If you are doing it because of a specific performance issue that you've identified already, go right ahead. If you are doing it just because memory usage "seems" high or because you are *guessing* that is a problem, you should rethink your strategy.

Servers are not workstations. Workstations need free memory because a user may launch a new application at any time. A server, on the other hand, should rarely see workload "spikes" and as such, using most of the available memory is a *good* thing. It is improving performance. Unused memory on a server is memory wasted.

Similarly, performance issues should be clearly identified. Slow disk I/O, network performance, and other factors can all impact an application. I'd only limit a processes memory usage if I *saw* another application requesting memory regularly, being rejected, and paging. Often. All of these are measurable performance counters.

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cgaliher has it right. Most SBS will max out their memory unless you have massive amounts of memory.
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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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Have to point out that "massive" is relative.  SBS is based on Server Standard, which will support up to 32 GB of RAM.  4 ea of 8 GB DIMMs is less than the cost many new cell phones and certainly less than the cost of a second CPU which goes mostly unused in SBS.

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