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It's been a few weeks since we upgraded to SBS 2011, and I'm trying to keep a good look at the server logs at all times. I'm alarmed however, that I get quite a lot of errors and warnings, so I've been trying to resolve the underlying problems I percieve must cause these alerts.

But it seems some of them aren't really supposed to be fixed? For instance here:, Microsoft seems to recommend not doing anything about quite a few problems,

Resolution: The errors are benign and may be safely ignored.

Is there really such a thing as a benign error? Then why is it reported? I'm concerned that since for instance I have about 10 VSS warnings every hour that are supposedly not really warnings, I will not notice if an error condition acually arises. How do you handle logged errors which cannot be "fixed"?

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Apply a bigger hammer. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 16 '11 at 9:24
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"Benign errors" is a total misnomer: some programmer trying to sound too important. Most of us just call those "warnings" or "notices".

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And then you just ignore them? Do you somehow mask them? I get warning mails every week about having critical errors logged, which I want to, but those that are currently arise are "benign critial errors" – carlpett May 5 '11 at 10:24
I'm sorry I'm not enough of a windows geek to give you an exact solution but I suggest looking for some kind of logging level setting. In the unix world there is usually a scale (sometimes 0-10, sometimes labels) that defines how verbose a program should make it's messages and at what level of criticalness to start defining things as errors. Perhaps your SMS has similar functionality. – Caleb May 5 '11 at 10:39
In my specific case this is not applicable, but in general this seems to be a good advice. Thanks! – carlpett May 6 '11 at 17:18

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