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Free space on Exchange 03 server

I am slowly running out of space on primary drive (c:) on exchange server box. It is Exchange 2003 on WS 2003 and is a DC. I had almost 2 GB free at one point, but it is now down to 700mb and falling. The MDBdata folder is on anther drive as are the log files (E0____.log). The only thing that I can tell that is taking up any space are the IMF archives, but that is less than 100MBs at any given time. The only other programs on it besides Exchange are IIS 6, Sophos PureMessage, Diskeeper 8 Server, and Acronis True Image Server 9.1.

How do I clear up some space without messing up anything?
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Bob Stone
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Don S.Commented:
do you have WSUS installed on this server?
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RipinCommented:
Check Badmail folder. Sometimes that folder keeps up crowing and waste disk space.
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
WSUS - yes

Badmail is at 11MB, can I just delete that?
I was thinking of going into IMF settings and moving the badmail and archive folders to another drive.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Also check the Logfiles folder - %systemroot%\system32\logfiles.  This is the folder where all of your SMTP and IIS log files are stored, unless you've redirected them elsewhere.  These can also build up over time and take up a lot of space, particularly if you have SMTP logging enabled.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
There is a script for cleaning up the badmail folders:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/867642/en-us
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Don S.Commented:
Both the database and the content in WSUS grows at a pretty good clip and many of it's components are on C: even if you told it to go somewhere else.  AV also tends to grow the C: volume as well as the Windows updates them selves.  so, what to do???  I usually DL a copy of Treesize and look to see what's big.  Places to look at - Temporary files in the Administrator's profile, Dump files in c:\windows, Bad mail, IMF archives, C:\windows\systems32\logfiles.  All of these files can be deleted (not the folders - just the files)   Cleaning up all of that will probably buy you a few months of space.  But eventually you will have to expand the C: volume.  I've been setting up 2003 server with a minimum of 20gb C: volumes - sometimes even up to 40gb.
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
I have about 1.6GB in the %systemroot%\system32\logfiles\W3SVC1 folder. I can safely delete all those log files?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Yes, those are generated by IIS; on Exchange they usually are logging access to your OWA website.
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
How do I clean up the AV and WSUS junk?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
What AV software are you using?
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Don S.Commented:
Where are the WSUS database and content folders installed?
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
I am using Sophos AV and Sophos PureMessage.
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
I dunno where the WSUS stuff is offhand.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I'm not familiar with Sophos - I would look at the folders where Sophos is installed and see if there are any log folders or folders where quarantined messages are stored.  Those can normally be deleted, but you might want to check the Sophos documentation first - or maybe someone else here knows that software better.  Also, as someone else mentioned, look in the Administrator and All Users profiles to see if there are large amounts of temporary or log files located there.  I usually search the entire C: drive for files with extensions like .txt, .tmp and .log.
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
Getting rid of the OWA log files helped a lot. I am back up to 2.3GB free =o)
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BrentDevOpsCommented:
If you had another disk on hand. you could move the page file to another disk or patition.
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