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MDB Data 19.2 Gig I need to clean it out

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Windows2000/768Ram/Exchange2000/Veritas8.5/GFI Mail Essentials 10.0

1. I need to clear up space on the hard drive. It appears that I haven't been doing backups correctly as I have only been backing up the mail boxes so my MDB Data is out of control. I selected the Information Store for a full backup last night and recieved an access denied error. How do I get this MDB Data back under control? I see through searching that I can't just delete the log files or I will lose data. If I delete the logs will it hose exchange and if so how can I fix this?

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Is the account that you are using to backup a domain admin? This can stop the backup from working correctly.
You are right not to just delete the log files - this will upset Exchange. You could enable circular logging but that isn't a good long term solution as you need to work out why the backup is failing.

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It was I have taken service-be out of the domain admins group and am running it again. Will let you know in about 2 hours. Side note: If I can't get veritas to back up correctly, if I use NTBackup to take care of exchange will this take care of the large mdbdata file?
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Ok, I didn't let it finish, the error from the backup log is access denied to directory.
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NTBACKUP can clean the logs out as it is Exchange aware.
What you could do is NTBACKUP to file and then backup the file with Veritas.
Still doesn't get round the problem of why Veritas isn't backing up correctly - which looks like it is down to permissions.

The service account for Backup Exec needs to be a member of domain admins. I should have worded my response better.
What I should have written was:
"Is the account that you are using to backup a domain admin? If not this can stop the backup from working correctly. " 
 
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Well it looks like I am going to have to do something drastic and enable circular logging. I don't have 19.2 Gig free on a partition to run NTBackup. Unless someone can think of some other way.
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If the permissions that Veritas is using will not give it access to flush out the logs then you probably don't have much choice than to run with circular logging.

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How long will it take for Circular Logging to clear out the MDBData folder?
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How long is a piece of string? Leave it overnight and see what has happened.

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