sbs 2008 sbsmonitoring database size

How do I safely reduce the size of my SBS 2008 SBSdatabase? I received an error when I ran my SBS 2008 Best Practices Analyzer.

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David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:

You can replace the SBS Monitoring Database in SBS 2008 by doing the following:

- Stop the Windows SBS Manager Service
- Stop the SQL Server (SBSMONITORING) service
- Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data
- Rename the SBSMonitoring.mdf and SBSMonitoring_Log.Ldf files.
- Copy a blank MDF and LDF databases to this location (see link below)
- Restart the SQL Server (SBSMONITORING) service
- Restart the Windows SBS Manager Service

Link to blank databases:

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As the SBS Monitoring Database is being replaced it will be blank.  Check the SBS Console after about 30 minutes and make sure its reporting.  Once your happy its working, delete the original databases if needed.

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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Just adding that the usual cause for this is that the SQL version that the database runs in is limited in size because it runs in SQL Server Express, not SQL Server Standard.

What is the size of SBSmonitoring.mdf?
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
I received an error when I ran my SBS 2008 Best Practices Analyzer.
Can you post the error?
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mapalaska2003Author Commented:
"The SBSMonitoring database is nearing maximum size"
The SBSMonitoring database is currently 4757585920 bytes in size"
Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:

Did the solution offered by David Atkin fix the issue?
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
mapalaska2003, the issue was solved?
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
mapalaska2003Author Commented:
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