exchange server 2003

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
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?
Question by:evilclownshoes
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    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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    How do you config that
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    If you run an Exchange aware backup - they will get purged automatically after the backup.

    You can use NTBackup to do this.

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


    Author Comment

    So what happens if i just delete them.
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    by:Alan Hardisty
    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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