Excahnge 2003 sbs Log files

I use an image software (Macruim Reflect) which isnt Excahnge aware so thousands of log files build up which i occasionally delete, what is the best way to automatically delete them? Turn off circulare logging? I dont want to compromise the database
RobbillsAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Run ntbackup once per week and it should clear them out (backup to a file on an external disk)
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RobbillsAuthor Commented:
It already uses ntbackup, it was set to everyday I have changed it to a Sunday but the logs are still being created.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Lots are always created unless you use an exchange aware backup to clear them or enable circular logging (which I personally hate doing)
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RobbillsAuthor Commented:
I have set the NTBackup to normal instead of copy to see if that makes a difference.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I would expect it will - and if you're using third party backup software normally than you only need to cover exchange (fyi)
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kcoectCommented:
NT Backup is designed so that if you perform a "Full" backup of the Exchange Information store, once the backup is completed, it will purge the log files (as they are no longer needed after the full backup has been completed).

The Exchange log files are used to replay mail that was sent/recieved if your server crashed and you had to restore from backup.  For example, if you did a full exchange information store backup on Sunday night, and your server crashed on Tuesday and corrupted your store, you could perform a restore of your Exchange store from Sunday and when restarting the information store, Exchange could replay all the logs from when the backup had completed up to the point where the server crashed so you in the end wouldn't have lost anything.  There's more to it than that, but that's the purpose of the log files.  NEVER just delete them, fun the FULL backup in NTBackup (or have a third party product commit the changes to the Exchange information store and purge the files).
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