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Getting rid of Transaction Logs

I know that Backup Exec will remove transaction logs, however, our transaction logs are going to a folder that was created (before I came here I might add).  Anyway, I wanted to do a test of the RSG, but there is not enough space and I noticed there are log files from middle of last year in this file, up until the current date.  So that is telling me that BackupExec is not seeing them.

How do I get BackupExec to see the folder that was created for the log files?  Aren't they usually stored in MDBDATA?

Thanks so much in advance!

This is somewhat of an emergency.
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SembeeCommented:
You should never delete the transaction logs by hand.

Are you doing an information store backup in Backup Exec? Or are you backing up mailboxes? Only the information store backup flushes the logs.
The fact that the files are in another folder shouldn't be a problem. If Exchange knows where they are, then Backup Exec will as well.

Another trick would be to do a backup in NTBACKUP, which will also flush the logs.

Simon.
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amaheshwariCommented:
Go to this article and do what you want to do:

How to remove Exchange Server transaction log files...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240145
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cas_threeAuthor Commented:
We were doing brick level backups until I discovered the RSG, which sounds wonderful being that exchange was taking 13 hours to backup.  So I deselected the mailboxes yesterday, and now it takes 3 hours.  But I wanted to test the RSG since I have never used it before and restore and old user's mailbox.  But i realized today that our info store is approx 30GB with only 24GB available on the drive.  That's when I thought about the logs and noticed they were under a different folder.

So since I deselected the mailboxes from the backup, technically they should have been cleared during last night's backup?  Is that correct?

I would rather have Backup Exec clear the logs if I can.

Thank you
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cas_threeAuthor Commented:
I just looked at the backup selections again to see if I could find anything and I noticed that folder for the logs was not selected.  I selected it and i'm really keeping my fingers crossed that flushes them.

I will let you know tomorrow.

But if anyone has any other suggestions, they are more than welcome.

Thanks!
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SembeeCommented:
When you say that you selected the transaction logs, what do you mean?

You shouldn't be backing them up. There should be an option in the backup application to flush the logs after the backup - that should be selected.

You could run an Exchange only backup job now, it doesn't affect user performance and just needs a spare tape.

Simon.
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cas_threeAuthor Commented:
Actually Simon I just looked and realized that the transaction logs are being flushed properly.  I'm so sorry for the mix up.

But under that folder I mentioned are log files, they are message tracking files?  I have never heard of those, do you know what they are?  And how to clear them?

Here is the header that is on them:
# Message Tracking Log File
# Exchange System Attendant Version 6.5.7226.0
#

Again I apologize for not giving the correct information initially!

Thank you
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SembeeCommented:
That looks like tracking logs.
You can delete those. However set Exchange to do it for you.

ESM, Servers. Right click on your server. There should be an option for maintaining tracking logs with a number of days. I usually keep 30 days. They will get cleaned up automatically during the nightly maintenance.

Simon.
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cas_threeAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much, you have been extremely helpful!!!

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