Aug 042014

Our clients use either Google Apps or Office 365 for hosted email, but recently we found a serious drawback to Google Apps. A client using Google Apps registered a new domain name and wants to use it as their primary email and web domain. With Google Apps, you can receive mail as any domain you own by setting up a domain alias. However, to send mail from a new domain, you must create a new Google Apps account and migrate your data. To get around the issue without migrating, you can specify an external SMTP server (Google in this case), but this has to be configured for individual users and will break if the user changes passwords. The only real solution is to migrate to a new account.

With Google forcing us to migrate to change the primary domain, there is strong incentive to migrate to Microsoft Office 365 rather than stay with Google Apps.

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Feb 052013

Several of our customers with domains run on SBS 2008, a decent option for those wanting Exchange on-site. However, a few servers that have been in service for a while had started to alert our Nagios server that space on their C: partitions was getting low. On one server, we had previously moved both the WSUS database and content repository the last time space was shrinking, so we had to dig a little deeper to find a solution.

Nagios reported increasingly shrinking free space from Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, so we used the advanced search in Windows to find all files with a modified date after Jan. 29 and then sorted by size. We were surprised to find the log file for WSS 3.0 that is packaged with SBS 2008 had grown to over 25GB(!) in size. Google led me to a KB article from Microsoft describing the problem and thankfully providing a fix (an SQL script which executes a SHRINKFILE on the offending log file). Doing this gave us back most of the 25GB on C: that the log file was consuming, and left Nagios (and us) very pleased.


 Posted by at 4:53 pm