Windows SBS 2003 Server - Low Disk Space Problem; Migration/Upgade help needed

Posted on 2013-06-12
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We just inerited an SBS 2003 server dying on its last legs
no prior IT help to speak of
client explains email goes down several times a day
we found the server with 122MB of disk space on main OS drive and exchange stores dismounted
they wil mount and work for several hours then they dismount and we find that the disk space has gone to 0bytes!
looks like previous tech has moved or deleted as much as they could off the HDD
could not finsd much to move that are not system files etc
need to get best approach
thinking of migrating to SBS 2011 but i do not think the current server will have enough disk space for this process
Any and all advice and help is GREATLY appreciated
Question by:David Elebute
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by:David Atkin
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First thing to check is the size of the logfiles.  If they haven't been cleared in a while then they could be massive.

See here:

Does the server have any other drives installed?
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Awesome thought and in the mean time you can try to findout whats eating space just so server\functionailty doesnt goes down so many times a day

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by:David Elebute
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thank you all for quick reply
we were able to free up 1.3GB by cutting the page file down
the hiberfil.sys file is over 3.5GB!
no logs, the previous tech moved all the exchange store files to a separate data drive in the server
I am now making sure that MS updates are all complete
then I will begin the migration process(??)
haven't done this migration (sbs 2003 to sbs 2011); checking all the past questions and articles
at this time
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by:Sam Simon Nasser
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install tuneup utilities http://www.tune-up.com/
from the main screen, go to Clean Up Computer, and clean everything (usually windows updates take alot of space)
also install ccleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner and run the cleaning.

this should free up at least 5 GB ...

check also installed programs, large files that take most space and try to remove them or moving them to another place.
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by:David Atkin
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The migration guide is here:

As long as you follow the guide and have a good backup then you will be ok.

It would be worth Archiving mailboxes to try and decrease the size of exchange - this is one of the recommend steps in the guide though.

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