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purge or delete or re-initilaise sbsmonitoring database (sbsmonitoring.mdf, sbsmonitoring.ldf)

Hi,
I currently have the SBSMonitoring database using a huge amount of space on Small Business Server 2008 (sbs2008)

sbsmonitoring.mdf    994.2MB
sbsmonitoring.mdf    611.1MB

Is there an easy way to purge, delete or re-initialise this database to get the size down ?

Regards
Michael
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Hi:

In the SBS console, under Monitoring, run the setup wizard.  This will clear the history so you will not have comparisons in the reports, but it will lower the space consumed.

How big is your system partion?  1.5 GB is not "huge" for this database.
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Michael GreenSenior IT Consultant / IT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
Where is 'Monitoring' located on the SBS2008 console ?
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Sorry, keep getting the versions mixed....

You still are nowhere near any limits on these files.  If your system partition is lacking free space, either the partition is too small or there are other things using the space.

Here are two articles that explain it.  Note, Please read them both to the end.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/07/14/sbs-2008-console-may-take-too-long-to-display-alerts-and-security-statuses-display-not-available-or-crash.aspx

and

http://www.thirdtier.net/2010/03/sbs-2008-monitoring-database-fills-to-capacity/
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Michael GreenSenior IT Consultant / IT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
The customer's C: drive is quite small - hence the issue.

I read all three articles - have seen this about updateSBSMonitoring.sql  before.

I ran updateSBSMonitoring.sql per the procedure.

It did NOT decrease the database size - it INCREASED IT !.  And the log file size TOO ! (to over a gig).

Is this the result you expected ?
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Not what I expected and not sure what that is about, but you will be fighting this forever.  Probably better to increase the size of the system partition.

Also, "run as administrator" either wirdirstat or treesizepro to see what else is consuming space on that system.
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Michael GreenSenior IT Consultant / IT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
OK - it looks like it needed a shrink as well.  Database is now 120Mb.

Here is the batch file I developed that worked :


Rem script developed from :
Rem http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/07/14/sbs-2008-console-may-take-too-long-to-display-alerts-and-security-statuses-display-not-available-or-crash.aspx

Rem Find and stop the SQL Server (SBSMONITORING) service.

NET STOP MSSQL$SBSMONITORING

MKDIR C:\TEMP
MKDIR C:\Temp\DataBackup

Rem backup all databases and log files in this directory
XCOPY /E /C /H /R /Y "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\*.*" C:\TEMP\Databackup

Rem Restart service
NET START MSSQL$SBSMONITORING

Rem Run downloaded SQL to EXECUTE [SBSMonitoring].[dbo].[CleanupDatabase] create indexes and statistics

Sqlcmd -S %computername%\SBSMonitoring -E  -i c:\Batch\updateSBSMonitoring.sql

sqlcmd -S %computername%\SBSMonitoring -E  -i c:\Batch\shrinkSBSMonitoring.sql

PAUSE
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Michael GreenSenior IT Consultant / IT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
And yes - Windirstat is very useful.  But that is how I identified this size issue in the first place...:)
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Michael GreenSenior IT Consultant / IT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
Solution required combining multiple steps/suggestions
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