I manually deleted the Exchange log files. Now what?? Something doesn't seem right
Posted on 2008-10-11
OK, let me start out by saying I know I goofed up and probably shouldn't have done what I did, but I could use some suggestions on what to do next.
Here's the story:
A co-worker of mine was working on a client's Exchange server. He notices that the space left on the hard drive was now down to 0 bytes left. He also said the client called about the store being dismounted. I checked the location of the store in the Program Files\Exchrv\MBDATA\ folder to look at the database to see if it was over the 16 GB limit. I noticed a ton of log files and figured they were just text log files and could be deleted.
Well not thinking things through before I executed I deleted all the files that ended with .log except for the E00.log and some other ones. I looked up what to do when log files build up and I was supposed to run a full backup on the Info store instead. DOH!
So where I am at right now is Email is still up and working, no one has complained about email. I did a Windows utility backup on the store and it was successful. The logs that generated back into the folder disappeared. I tested the Back up Exec software to backup the store as well and it cleared the logs. So the logs are clearing now, which was the problem to begin with.
There was an error in the log about the server running out of space and the logs not being able to be written. So I am hoping the lack of space to write is the problem now and not me deleting the files.
Checking the priv1 files this morning I noticed the Modified date has not change since the server filled up and logs were deleted. This worries me that emails and such are not being saved to the database and things could be lost.
If anyone could ask me some questions or give suggestions on how to fix this I would really appreciate it!!