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can I delete contents of badmail folder in sbs 2003

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I am trying to resolve backup failures, and after wathing the backup process I notice that there are numerous files in the badmail folder in exchsrvr directory.  Can I simply delete the contents of this folder, or will this affect and future restoration of the exchange server.

The backup utility of SBS. does not appear to flush the exchange logs,  is there another process that we can use to do this rather that hard deleting.
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George Volis
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Badmail is just that - bad mail.
It's either spam or email that could never get delivered (bad spelling, mail that was attempted to be relayed, user does not exist etc.)
You can verify this by opening any of the emails with notepad.

Microsoft has even built a special tool for you to automatically do this:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=782aaf0f-6239-40ad-adda-97863d852ff7&displaylang=en
It can archive the email - or - simply delete it.

My suggestion to you would be to get a 3rd party anti-spam company to "pre-filter" your email.
Once you employ a good anti-spam service, you will likely never see another "bad" email in that folder.
We use both securence.com and messagelabs.com here in North America.
I'm sure there is something comparable in Australia.

As for the logs, you might think about turning on "circular" logging.
Circular logging means that the logs will overwrite themselves, even BEFORE they have been committed to the actual database.
Which means in essence, that the log files remaining are virtually useless.
I only mention circular logging if you are very tight on drive space.

If you run NTBACKUP by itself and target the Information store for a complete backkup, you should get the log files to clear.

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Thank you very much.
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