My apologies for a fairly verbose question, only I wanted to give as much background info as possible.
I am having a nightmare trying to get my SBS 2003 Monitoring and Reporting working again, following a bit of a server disaster.
I have worked my way through various errors until I reached this point, but have found myself hitting my head against a wall. It could be fatigue, of course!
The event I have now, occurs when I try to view Monitoring and Reporting in Server Management. The page loads with the following detail, which I know is a very generic error page for any number of problems.
In the event log I have the following, and although I can Google things relating to the URL or the error message, I cannot find anything relating to both:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: ServerStatusReports
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1
Description: Server Status Report: URL:
Error Message: Name cannot begin with the '.' character, hexadecimal value 0x00. Line 1, position 2.
at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.ClassFactory.CallStaticMethod(Type type, String methodName, Object args) at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.BaseApi.Subscription.GetSynchronizationHistory(DateTime fromDate, DateTime toDate)
at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.BaseApi.Subscription.GetLastSynchronizationInfo() at Microsoft.SBS.UpdateServices.DataProvider.GetSyncStatus() at Microsoft.SBS.UpdateServices.StatusPage.Utility.IsSyncScheduled(DataProviderdp) at Microsoft.SBS.UpdateServices.StatusPage.Utility.GetStatusItems() at usage.frmPerf.PopulateStatusItems() at usage.frmPerf.renderReportWorker() at usage.frmPerf.renderReport()
Here is a bit of background on the build up to this.
Whilst performing a restore on a backup tape, I inadvertently had a whole drive checked to restore instead of just the two files I was checking - duh! I know. Anyway, there was not enough space on the receiving drive to cope with the data. I spotted this after the restore had started and cancelled. However, the 'not enough disk space' errors were coming in thick and fast. This would not clear, so I restarted the server. It did clear, but our web apps (including SharePoint) refused to function, and I spent most of that night trying to fathom things out.
During this process I uninstalled and reinstalled WSUS in order to reinstall Windows Internal Database (for SharePoint), as the errors were pointing to the internal database as the problem. This, I believe is the root cause of all my problems, but at the time there seemed to be no other paths to follow.
Eventually, the cause was found to be that somehow, during the fateful restore, something had triggered disk quotas and this was preventing apps writing to disk. I was logged in as administrator and have since learnt that disk quotas are never enforced for admin - makes sense I suppose, but this prevented me from receiving errors about quotas as I moved things around.
I did get all my business critical apps going again, SharePoint is running again, but Performance and Monitoring is refusing to play ball.
Curiously, when I run through the 'Set Up Monitoring Reports and Alerts' wizard and choose to 'Reinstall monitoring features' the Server management page displays okay, albeit there is no data to display. I wait the requisite hour for the data to be collected and then get 'The page cannot be displayed' page accompanied by the event log error.
I realise that there must be an xml file somewhere that is corrupt, that perhaps I can edit or replace, but I have no idea where to look.
Any ideas anyone?