I ran into an interesting issue today, something that is an old leftover from early mail systems.? I was trying to e-mail my hosting provider back on a support ticket I had opened with them, but when I replied I got a bounce message saying my mail was rejected with the following message:
Your message did not reach some or all of the intended recipients.
Server: Event ID 9646 (user exceeded maximum of 32 objects of the type session). Event ID 1021 (unable to connect…error 0x4de)
Client/Outlook: Unable to open your default e-mail folders. The Microsoft Exchange server computer is not available. Either there are network problems or the Microsoft Exchange server computer is down for maintenance. OWA would work ok when logged on as either the user or an Exchange admin account.
Google searches of the events and error messages yield very little help. A second round of google searching and pressing further through the search results yielded a page from MS indicating to ensure that the user had “view information store status” rights granted at the server or mailbox store level. This lead me to a diagnosis of permission problems on the mailbox.
Proceeded with treatment by administering re-application of full mailbox permissions for the user and ensuring “view information store status” was selected in the allow column. Attempting to open outlook again immediately after still yielded errors as described in the symptoms. It wasn’t until a few minutes later when about to attempt a different method of treatment that the solution was revealed. Before trying to create a whole new information store and move the user for testing, I decided to open outlook again. This time, it opened no problem and did not give any errors or show any signs of a problem. Apparently the original solution was the correct solution and the treatment was correct, I just didn’t wait long enough for the change to take effect. Further attempts to work on the problem would have been useless as the issues was already fixed, I just didn’t know it yet.
Let me expalin a little about a problem I am trying to solve. This relates to backups using Backup Exec 10 and 11. I am hoping to get some feedback and ideas on a solution, your comments and ideas are welcome. Please feel free to post to the comments on this article.
First, we have servers all over the place and back them up locally when possible. So each major location has a consolidated backup server with over 1TB of hard drive space and utilizes a backup to disk strategy for the daily backups, and then we have a separate archive to tape job which puts the B2D files onto tape. We keep 3 days worth of backup to disk files on each backup server, using media set controls with a overwrite protection period of 2 days so we only ever have 3 days of backups in each media set.
Jobs are configured with backup to disk folders to keep the media in. Now the issue comes as our storage grows, we are backing up more and more data. Keeping 3 days worth of data on the server gets harder and harder. Not to mention we also are currently backing up 3 days worth of backup to disk files to tape each day, which eats through more than one ultrium tape per day.
The goal I am working towards is being able to keep 3 days worth of backup to disk files on the backup server (idea is to have quick access to restore media 3 days back in case something important needs to be restored) but we only want to backup 1 day at a time to tape, so we don’t waste tape storage and have some crazy confusing tape rotation schedule. We use an autoloader with 24 tape capacity, and are having difficulty in maintaining a good predictable rotation.
So does anyone reading this have any suggestions for being able to keep 3 days worth of backup to disk files on the server, but support backing up only 1 days worth of files at a time to tape? Currently the backup to disk folders are created and named after each server.
I also want to find a way to prevent having to use third party software to keep the backup to disk folders cleaned out. Sometimes the B2D files don’t get re-used for a while, they are protected, but don’t get re-used and just sit there taking up space and ultimately eat up valuable hard drive space for nothing. I had been using some external software to clean out files older than 3 days from these folders.
All suggestions are welcome.
I almost got smashed by a schoolbus at lunch today. Well it wasn’t my fault! I stopped in the right hand lane in slow traffic to let a car turn in front of me coming from the other direction, and when I looked up into my rear view mirror, I saw the grille of a school bus pummeling towards me. The driver slammed on his brakes and came within probably millimeters of hitting my trunk. He was either tailgating me or driving way too fast and not watching where he was going. I thought I was going to get hit! Then he lays on his horn like its my fault! And as I turned off the road, he drove past and honked at me again! At that point I wanted to stop my car in the middle of the road, walk out there and get up in his window and demand his name, bus number and license plate info. I hate to see that kind of stuff, these people drive vehicles full of kids! I felt like practicing some Steven Segal moves I saw in a movie! 🙂
So Hillsborough County bus drivers beware! I’m fed up now, and will take extra effort to write down your info and file formal complaints. Grrrr!
I was able to resolve my issues last night. The transition from a single DC to a multi DC and back again went very smoothly. It also gave me a chance to redo the computer names a bit more geared towards Battlestar Galactica characters. Sisko has now been renamed to Adama, and is once again the only DC on my home network. I plan to take another server currently in pieces, and put it back into use as a backup server, it will literally be my backup server. This machine will handle physical backups of the other servers and also be an additional DC for my AD network. I hope to have everything finished by the end of the long weekend!]]>
Since joining Experts-exchange.com a few months back, I’ve been working towards getting at least one expert certification. I am pleased to announce that I have finally obtained my first expert certification. I now have a master level expert certification in Exchange Server. Thats the topic I am in most of the time and have helped many people over the last few months. It only takes a small amount of time to answer questions and point people in the right direction. I love this site, because not only can I ask questions and get help from experts even more “seasoned” than myself, but I can help others at or below my level deal with issues in which I have experience. I now have 134322 expert points and have finally earned over 50,000 points in the exchange category, which earned me my certification. I plan to continue to participate in Experts Exchange and expand my certification status.