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Where can I see the activity log of the exchange 2000 server? Is it possible to see like how many mails are pending delivery or failed delivery? There are many E0... files under transaction log directory, how to view the information in these files? can these old files be deleted?
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by:kevala
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The best way to log queue activity is with Perfmon -

To see how many emails are pending delivery or failed, just look in ESM under the server object\protocols\SMTP\Queues

You cannot (well, should not) open the E00 log files. These log files do hold a copy of every single transaction made in that specific storage group, but these are purged with the completion of a Full online backup or incremental backup. (Exchange aware backup that is....)

You should not manually delete these log files. Transcations are written to memory and these logs files at the same time. If the server crashes, a copy of the data in memory is held in the log files, so when we restart, we do not lose anything. Or in the event we need to restore from backup, we can restore, then copy in the current log files and not lose any data.

Hope this helps!
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can you please let me know in more details for perfmon, i could not found protocol under server object, and what does ESM mean?
regarding the E00 files, since there are increasing all the day, I am wondering it will occupy too much space (5MB a file and sometimes two per day)
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1. Monitor Counters such as
-"MSExchange Transport Store Driver"
-"MSExchangeIS Transport Driver"
Specifically under "SMTP Server" you can look at instances such as "Messages Received/Sec", "Messages Received/Total" etc.....These are really good ones, but you can adventure around more with anything that deals with SMTP or MSExchange'''


2. Open Exchange System Manager - Expand the Organization object\expand Administrative Groups\Expand the name of the administrative group\Expand "Servers"\Expand the server object with the netbios name\Under here you should see Protocols and "Storage group name"

3. ESM = Exchange System Manager

4. Are you doing full backups of the Exchange server? Remember that these log files are key in recovery; just make sure you are doing full backups of the Exchange server and the log files will be purged.
The files are generated based on the activity of the server. They are 5mb by default.
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Thanks...
I am not doing full back up yet, does this mean the log files will never be purged?
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Yes, the log files are only purged when you complete an online backup or an incremental backup.

The alternative is to enable circular logging so there will only be a few log files generate. However this is NOT an acceptable solution.

Until you get a backup plan in place, just run NTBackup and backup the "Information Store" to a hard drive somewhere as a file if you have to....

Got to do backups man....whatever the cost. In this case it is a cheap cost,...disk space!
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Thanks, I will award you the points
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