How to Delete Exchange Log Files

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I need assistance on how to Delete Exchange Log Files or Manual Deletion on my exchang server
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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems Engineer
Top Expert 2009
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You never want to just delete log files from an Exchange server because that's record of all the emails coming in and out. If you delete them you will not be able to restore your database from a backup. The easiest way to remove logs is to run a full backup using an Exchange aware backup program like NTBackup for 2003, WindowsBackup for 2007/2010 or some other third party software. If this is absolutely not an option you can enable circular logging on your Exchange Server and restart the information store service. It's not recommended to keep circular logging enabled because of the potential for data loss during disaster recovery. To keep log files cleaned up you need to have a regular full backup schedule of your Exchange Server with an Exchange aware backup solution.

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I have already enabled circular logging  in the mail box database
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Top Expert 2009
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Have the Exchange Services been restarted since Circular logging was enabled? If so, and it's been enabled for some time you can check the dates on the log files and (I recommend moving them - then deleting) you can delete the old files safely since they're orphaned. If you've just enabled circular logging you'll have to restart the services and then wait for the log files to clear out.

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Intially i restarted the service a exchange information store. how do i delete the old files safely?

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how do i delete the old files safely

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