Relocating ISA and RRAS Log Files in Small Business Server 2003

and RRAS Hi there folks – harrybbbb here. I am the co-author of the Advanced Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book and I greatly enjoy posting up passages as a virtual book reading. So here we go!

Relocating ISA Server Log Files

There are three different ISA Server log files. To change the location to which these ISA Server log files are written:

  • 1. Log on to SBS 2003 as the administrator.
  • 2. Open the ISA Management Console by clicking Start, selecting All Programs, Microsoft ISA Server and finally ISA Management.


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  • 3. Expand Servers and Arrays, your computer name, and Monitoring Configuration, and click Logs.
  • 4. Right-click Packet Filters and choose Properties from the con­text menu.
  • 5. On the Packet filters Properties dialog box, click Options.
  • 6. On the Options dialog box, click the Other folder radio button and click Browse to manually set the storage location you would like (See Figure 4-1 for an illustration of this procedure).
  • 7. Repeat this procedure until you have changed the location for all three ISA Server logs. The 3 three log files are Packet filters, ISA Server Firewall service, ISA Server Web Proxy Service.

Note that this procedure does not move existing ISA Server log files; it merely establishes the location for future log files. If you want to move old ISA Server log files, you must do so manually. You can find these log files in the original ISA Server installation directory in a subfolder called ISALogs (the default directory is typically “C:\Program Files\Microsoft ISA Server\ISALogs”).

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Relocating the ISA Server log files.



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Relocating RRAS Log FilesTo change the location to which the RRAS log files are written:

  • 1. Log on to SBS 2003 as the administrator.
  • 2. Launch the Server Management console.

•3.   Open Advanced Management, expand Computer Management (Local), Services and Applications, Routing and Remote Access, and click Remote Access Logging.

  • 4. In the right pane, right-click Local File and select Properties from the context menu.
  • 5. On the Log File Properties dialog box, select the Log File tab.
  • 6. Click Browse to set the location for the log files.

The Browse button here displays a dialog box that does not include a New Folder button, so you will need to create the new folder ahead of time (for example, on the Library partition).

Note that this procedure does not move existing RRAS log files; it merely establishes the location for future log files. To move existing RRAS log files, you must manually copy them from the default location of %Systemroot\ System32\LogFiles.

Moving SQL Server Log Files

Moving SQL Server log files is somewhat complex, so rather than trying to explain it all here, I would like to point you to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 224071 “Moving SQL Server databases to a new location with Detach/ Attach”. Note, however, that one step is missing from the article concerning how to start the SQL Command Interface. Assuming you are going to move the SharePoint files, here is the command: osql -E -S computername \ SharePoint. Be sure to replace “computername” with your actual computer name.




Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here! J

PPS – my spring show, SMB Nation Spring 2009, is in the NYC-area on May 1-3, 2009.


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