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Exchange 2003 and NT Backup - log files not being flushed

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I have NTbackup running on Exchange 2003 and for the past little while even though we have circular logging disabled the logs keep building. I have seen some notes about checking to see if a log file is corrupt and fixing via ESEutil etc. but I am wondering if as a quick test and possible cleanup if I enable circular logging to create a new set of logs and then disable it might that do the trick of ridding us of this problem?
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I believe disabling re-enabling circular logging requires a services restart - did you do that after the change?
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if your backup is completing without errors then your logs should be flushed, monitor your event log at the end of the backup any errors ?
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lineonecorp == do not enable circular logging. period.

you can use ntbackup to flush logs.
All you need to do is configure a normal backup and flush logs. see the guide below.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Backup-Restore-NTBACKUP.html

Log disk full
http://www.msexchange.org/articles/Exchange-log-disk-full.html
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I don't want to have circular logging enabled for good just as means of perhaps fixing this problem - e.g. let it run to see if it works and then turning it off. I have additional backup of the Exchange server so it's not a matter that if mess up the NT Backup I will have no recourse. I am just wondering what the implications are of switching back and forth.
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when you turn circular logging on -- your logs will be flushed useless
when you stop circular logging - log genereation will restart

there are other issues - listed here
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/147524
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Thanks for the info.
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