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How do you clear the transaction logs

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We have an Exchange 2003 Server and the transaction logs disk is 95% full.  Is there a way that I can clear the transaction logs before this gets full?  Our backup software is not installed and in order to do that we need to reboot.  So,  I would like to know if there is a way for me to clears those logs files without having to brng Exchange down.  
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The transaction logs should be purged by a full backup of exchange.  If you have the space somewhere on your network, you can use "windows backup" to backup the exchange databases.  The version on your exchange server is excahange aware.  

Here's a link that you may find useful:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240145
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A Windows Backup will clear the logs when it completes the full backup of Exchange as well. Nothing to install.
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I tried doing a backup and it could  not create the shadow copy to complete the backup.  Is there a way to clear the log files without a backup?
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A backup is the preferred method.
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You could move them to another location:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821915

I believe you can move the logs without dismounting the store.  
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The only issue I ran into was that as noted you must have enough space on your network to run the Windows Backup, we did not.  As it turned out we ended up rebooting our Exchange Server in order to complete the install of our backup software and ran a backup to tape and that of course cleared the log files as well.  Thank You so much for all of your help!  I really appreciate it!
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