exchange server 2003

The log Files that are in MDBDATA directory how do they get deleted. I know there was a way to delete them and or flush them can any one help?
evilclownshoesAsked:
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ThethicalCommented:
it depends how the transaction logs are configured, to overwrite or archive. In the case of archive you can delete them directly from the exchange's folder
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evilclownshoesAuthor Commented:
How do you config that
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
If you run an Exchange aware backup - they will get purged automatically after the backup.

You can use NTBackup to do this.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/exchange-2003-backup-restore-ntbackup.html

If you need to kill them quickly - you can enable Circular Logging and then you should backup immediately, then you can disable Circular Logging:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314605

Alan
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evilclownshoesAuthor Commented:
So what happens if i just delete them.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Nothing - until you need to recover your store from your last backup and replay the logs to regain all the data that was in the store prior to the restore.

If you delete them, then you will reclaim the space back quickly, but I would not recommend this without at least running a backup and if you do run a backup, then they will be purged automatically anyway, so the best option is to run a backup.
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