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How do I direct Exchange 2003 transaction logs to new location and THEN CLEAR THE OLD ONES off safely?

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We have a small 25GB (j:\) partition on a drive on our SBS2k3 server that I'm going to merge with another since its pretty much wasted space. However, at some point in the past someone decided that it would a good idead to use this partition for the exchange server logs. Not a biggy I thought - so i went into ESM and changed the log file directory to '...\Program Files\Exchsrvr\exchsrvlogs' and hit Apply, but the log files are still changing on the (j:\) partition. Before I get rid of this partition i want to know that my exchange server isnt going to flip out - are there any steps i need to be aware of regarding these log files?

many thanks,

-Lenny
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Did you restart the exchange services after changing the log settings?
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Thanks guys, yes and yes but it's still hellbent on writing to the old location...

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Perhaps i need to wait for the overnight backup to run through and reset the logs?...I'll see how it is tomorrow unless I hear anything in the meantime.

-Lenny
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What log files are there specifically?

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Hi dons,

they are text documents, nearly all 5,120KB in size and have the format E000XXXX.log seem to get a new one every 10 minutes or so.

-Lenny
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You shouldn't need to restart anything, or wait.
The change should happen immediately.

Did it look like anything was changing?
You did change the path in ESM? Did it dismount the store?

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Hi Simon,

I didnt get any message say 'Log file directory moved' or anything. I entered the log file directory hit Apply and that was as exciting as it got....except log files are still being written to the other location.

-Lenny
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You didn't do it correctly then.
You should have received warnings about dismounting the store and then the logs would have been moved.
I would repeat the process following the process outlined in the KB article that I outlined above.

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oh...hang on think i've managed to trick myself

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ok - all is well.

i was changing the Log file directory location in ESM by right clicking for properties on 'first administrative groupServer\MYCOMPANYSERVER' instead of expanding this and changing the properties on the First Storage Group....thanks, sry to waste your time by not reading properly - more haste less speed :-(

-Lenny
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Just FYI, 25GB is PLENTY for an SBS System Partition.  You can move your data though, follow the guidelines in this article:  http://sbsurl.com/movedata

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Hi Jeff, i'm just wanting to reclaim this space and merge it with another partition thats getting low on space - it seemed a bit excessive to have it solely for the transaction logs, (plus i'm keen to try out my new install of acronis' disk director suite on a non vital partition :-)

Thankyou very much for the link on moving data - most prescient of you, as I'll be needing that (you may have done yourself out of some points though!)

best regards,

-Lenny
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