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Deleting log files in the MDBDATA folder

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We have Exchange 2003 instaled in in the Exchsrvr\MDBDATA folder there are literally thousands of log files named E0000AA1.log, E0000AA2.log etc. Can I delete them?

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by:rakeshmiglani
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is the size 5MB each?
if yes then these are exchagne transaction logs and should not be deleted.
take a full online backup. once the backup completes it will purge these log files.
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by:kshs
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How do I perfrom a full online backup? Do I just use my Veritas software to backup the files and then should it automatically delete?
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by:rakeshmiglani
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not the files.
backup the exchange information store. this would backup the exchange databases and the logs.
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by:Sembee
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What type of backup are you carrying out?
Are you backing up the files or the Exchange database?
If you are backing up the files then that is not considered an Exchange aware backup and will not flush the transaction logs.
If you are backing up the Exchange database using an Exchange agent in Veritas Backup Exec, then ensure that you are doing a backup of the information store, not the mailboxes.

If you don't have an Exchange agent for Backup Exec, then do a backup using ntbackup, selecting the Exchange information store only and back up to the local hard drive. This will flush the logs for you.

DO NOT delete the files manually.

Simon.
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by:kshs
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I am using Symantec backup with exchange agent and am currently backing up the Microsoft exchnage mailboxed but not the information store. Can I backup both?
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redseatechnologies earned 125 total points
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You SHOULD be backing up both at least - if you get the mailboxes and not the information store, you are not doing a proper backup.

Mailbox or Brick Level backups should ONLY be done in addition to a full information store backup.

-red
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by:kshs
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Thanks, ill try to backup both the information store and the mailboxes tonight, and will let you know if the log files delete tomorrow morning.
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by:kshs
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When i backup the information store I get this error message:
AOFO: Initialization failure on: "\\CL2KSRV04\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group". Advanced Open File Option used: Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).
Snapshot provider error (0xE000FED1): A failure occurred querying the Writer status.
Check the Windows Event Viewer for details.
Writer Name: Exchange Server, Writer ID: {76FE1AC4-15F7-4BCD-987E-8E1ACB462FB7}, Last error: The VSS Writer failed, but the operation can be retried (0x800423f3), State: Failed during freeze operation (9).  Consult your Microsoft documentation for details. Check the Windows Event Viewer for corresponding application or system errors.
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This is backup exec right?

In the options of the backup job, you want to disable the advanced open file options

If that is a bit hard, cancel the job, close backup exec, fire up ntbackup (Start > run > ntbackup) and backup the information store like that

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by:Sembee
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Veritas have a support article on that error here:
http://seer.support.veritas.com/docs/278212.htm

Simon.
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