Exchange 2000 not removing log files

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Have exchange 2000 on windows 2000 with all patches installed. Noticed drive was running out of space and it happens that exchange has not deleted the log files in mdbdata since february.  Properties in system manager show log file maintenance that remove log files is checked and set for anything older then 3 days.  What should I do to clean up the log files?
Question by:sraley
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    Are your Exchange awarte backups working? Check your backup is working. When Exchange is backup up with an exchange aware backup program it will purge the old transaction logs.

    You can check the last time the database was backed up via ESM > Server > Information store > Mailbox database name properties > Database it should show the last backup time.

    You can use NT Backup to backup Exchange.


    Author Comment

    Its not backed up using either of those programs. Our backup program just copies files. It knows exchange is there but it doesn't clean up the log files.
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    Then you really need to get an Exchange aware program or use NT Backup to backup to a flat file and then let your backup software back the flat file up. You should not manually delete the logs.

    Have you ever tested that you can restore and mount the Exchange information store from your backup?
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    Sounds like you are confusing log files.
    The logs that are deleted after three days are message tracking logs, not transaction logs. As already indicated you need to do an Exchange aware backup to flush those logs.


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