Tag : Server 2008

Free up disk space on a Windows 2008 Server without a system reboot

Disk clean up can be a very useful tool especially in Servers when Disk space is fully utilized.  But what do you do when you are working in a production environment and you can’t reboot the server.  In a pinch, I found the following process to cleanup a congested System Partition.

Copy cleanmgr.exe to System32 folder

A favorable alternative to adding the Desktop Experience feature to your production server, while requiring no system reboot or maintenance window, is simply copying the cleanmgr application files to their appropriate location.

There are two files that need to be copied to the Windows System32 folder.  The only downside to this process is that the disk cleanup utility will not appear in the normal disk drive properties.  However, as these files will be copied to the System32 folder location, the utility can be easily launched from the integrated server search bar.

The two files you are looking for are the cleanmgr.exe.mui and cleanmgr.exe. Below is listing of folder locations that these two files will be located for the most popular version of Server 2008.  After you have found these files, simply copy then to their designated locations as described below.

  • Copy cleanmgr.exe to the System32 folder
  • Copy cleanmgr.exe.mui file to System32en-us

Windows Server 2008 64-bit:

C:Windowswinsxsamd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_c962d1e515e94269cleanmgr.exe.mui

C:Windowswinsxsamd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_c962d1e515e94269cleanmgr.exe

Windows Server 2008 R2:

C:Windowswinsxsamd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63cleanmgr.exe.mui

C:Windowswinsxsamd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7dacleanmgr.exe

To run the disk cleanup utility, simply navigate to a command prompt or Run and type cleanmgr.exe

Remote Desktop Access for iPhone and Droids

Control your desktop or server with your smartphone or tablet from any where you have internet access.

There are many remote applications out there today to help one remote into desktops or servers via smartphones or devices such as iPads. I found that Jump Desktop (remote desktop) app works great on both the iPhone and the iPad. You can easily setup a RDP sessions and log into any desktop or terminal server with remote access and control apps, type information, and move files around. This is an easy to use app for RDP sessions and VNC client.

Features include:
• Connect to multiple computers
• Printing support
• Audio Streaming
• Console sessions
• Multiple monitor support for Windows 7 and above
• Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and SBS Server
• Free PC-to-PC remote desktop

2X Client is another app for accessing remote desktops and files securely. Both apps allow for seamless access to remote computers.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1

Its official, Microsoft has announced that on February 22nd they are releasing SP1 for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

What the service pack includes:

All of the previous updates and fixes that have been released via Windows updates are included in the update, as well as some other improvements.

With the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Microsoft has added two new features to enhance the capabilities of their virtualization platform. These two new features are Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

Dynamic Memory

Dynamic memory is much like the name suggests, allows for dynamic allocation of the memory based upon the workload of the servers. It allows for greater virtual machine density especially for virtual desktop infrastructure setups. Each server or workstation gets only the memory it needs while it is running and all left over memory is allocated to the host and the other servers.

RemoteFX

RemoteFX is the technology that Microsoft has implemented to give the end user of virtualized desktop infrastructure setups the feel that their graphics and sounds are being rendered at the workstation level when they are really not.

Get it via Windows update when it comes out February 22nd!

Online Backup Case Study – Tomahawk Automated Offsite Backup Test Results – Step by Step Guide for Testing Tomahawk Automated Offsite Backup | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Here at BVA we were recently going through the process of trying to find a suitable online backup solution that would fulfill all of our business needs. Specifically the ability to do bare metal restores, system state backups, and brick level mailbox restores using an online utility. The solution I have decided to test is Tomahawk Automated Offsite Backup which does offer all of these features. Tomahawk also offers “Seed Copy Assistance,” which for backup sets over 40GB they will send you a USB drive, you do a local backup using their software, and then send it back to them.  NOTE: The online utility does not actually do the bare metal restores or system state restores itself, it utilizes functions already built into the Windows OS to complete the tasks.

Some of the other features that I am going to be testing are the exchange brick level restores, 2003 system state backups, 2008 bare metal restore, and the Shadow Protect restore option that they have available with their service.

I will be updating this blog continuously as I step through the testing process.