Recipe 16.11 Determining How Much Whitespace Is in the DIT

16.11.1 Problem

You want to find the amount of whitespace in your DIT. A lot of whitespace in the DIT may mean that you could regain enough space on the disk to warrant performing an offline defrag.

16.11.2 Solution

16.11.2.1 Using a graphical user interface
  1. Run regedit.exe from the command line or Start Run.

  2. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services NTDS Diagnostics.

  3. In the right pane, double-click on 6 Garbage Collection.

  4. For Value data, enter 1.

  5. Click OK.

16.11.2.2 Using a command-line interface
> reg add HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Diagnostics /v "6 Garbage[RETURN]  Collection" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
16.11.2.3 Using VBScript
' This code enables logging of DIT whitespace information in the event log. ' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------ strDCName = "<DomainControllerName>"  ' e.g. dc1 ' ------ END CONFIGURATION --------- const HKLM = &H80000002 strNTDSReg = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Diagnostics" set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strDCName & "\root\default:StdRegProv") objReg.SetDWORDValue HKLM, strNTDSReg, "6 Garbage Collection", 1 WScript.Echo "Garbage Collection logging set to 1"

16.11.3 Discussion

By setting the 6 Garbage Collection diagnostics logging option, event 1646 will get generated after the garbage collection process runs. Here is an example 1646 event:

Event Type:        Information Event Source:        NTDS Database Event Category:        Garbage Collection  Event ID:        1646 Date:                5/25/2003 Time:                9:52:46 AM User:                NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON Computer:        DC1 Description: Internal event: The Active Directory database has the following amount of free hard  disk space remaining.    Free hard disk space (megabytes): 100 Total allocated hard disk space (megabytes): 1024

This shows that domain controller dc1 has a 1 GB DIT file with 100 MB that is free (i.e., whitespace).

16.11.4 See Also

Recipe 16.12 for performing an offline defrag



Active Directory Cookbook
Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition
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